ESPN just made drone racing a mainstream sport

It’s been compared to pod racing from Star Wars. And millions of dollars are being spent turning drone racing into a mainstream sport. ESPN is part of the mainstreaming.

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50 Comments

  1. Athneil John on December 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Want to get in the racing

  2. Mrmaca(DRONEWOLF) on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    need an update video with truth about the sports new face. not rotorroit

  3. Marmota Digitala on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    the women involved in this kinda sport are very different from other sports. in a bad way of course

  4. Plug on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Bigger than football? I don’t think so.

  5. Cary Fuller on December 8, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Freestyle and scenery are infinitely more interesting than watching a tiny object zoom around a set track. X class may for this reaon become somewhat better. Its fun to do but not so much fun to watch unless you have goggles to ride along with the pilot. Very few people are going to purchase goggles just to watch a race in FPV. Others can’t watch the fast turning manoeuvres as it can be visually disorienting and many hate the sound these make. So in the end it just lacks an overall general appeal to an audience. No.matter how cool you or i think something is the reality will always remain that its just not interesting for many people.

  6. Brian J Malmsteen on December 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    To make something profitable you either have to sexualize it, or weaponize it.

  7. Game of Drones on December 8, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Those guys in the matching suits look ridiculous! And from what I understand Dubai didn’t give anyone a single penny of the winnings

  8. Malte Laurids Brigge on December 8, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    In what other popular sport do the competitors sit stationary in a lawn chair?

  9. **** on December 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Fuck mainsteam

  10. Richard Bowman on December 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Why’ll doing the races they should do a tech fair. competition and give aways for new ideas and new inventions. do a build a work shop where everyone can join in and build drones with the best racers out there. bbq Bounce castles stalls where you can get advice and purchase drones that are within everyone’s budget and a small track for amateurs and beginners

  11. Modern Norseman on December 8, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Laziest sport in history

  12. Mode 7 FPV on December 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Back when Steele didn’t look like an idiot.

  13. toomanyjds on December 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    5:44 why does she have eggs

  14. Josh Withrow on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    WOW!!! To say I enjoyed this is an understatement.

  15. Tuur Dewaele on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Leuk ik wil het ook doen nu

  16. hiba tame on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    so cool, you can also try our FPV cams from caddx.us if you want to have any idea about our cam don’t hesitate to contact me sales118@caddx.us or my fb sarah andrew

  17. MarkisScribe Gaming FPV Musik Videos on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    cool

  18. Jim Unger on December 8, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This is very cool to watch but i would not call it a sport. Its a video game. Put a weapon on it and then you have something to have fun with

  19. Frost Visto on December 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    very inspiring ending 😀

  20. blue280485 on December 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    What is this aerobatics for drones! They should call it Dronobatics!! 🙂

  21. FastDevelop on December 8, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    The technological issues have to be fixed, longer battery life, better video transfer. And then pair all that drone racing stuff with argumented reality. And Boom. A Multibillion dollar business is born

  22. bryce querin on December 8, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Aerial dog fights

  23. Avalanche B.A.D.S on December 8, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    ESPN LIXO E ESSA HISTORIA DE DRONE KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  24. Jim McCandless on December 8, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Make it a night sport! Led’s to identify pilot ! Lighted course

  25. Prop Dusty on December 8, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    people need to plugin and watch who or what they want to watch like having 3D glasses at the movies. So look at the cost of shelling out 1000 pairs of fpv boxes or make an app for phones and shell out literally an fpv box you put your phone into. Just a thought. I know this post is old mabye this was touched on but 1$ for a paper box to put your phone into and make it somewhat a fpv viewer might be interesting …

  26. SpicyFPV on December 8, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    It is a sport for the participants, and the participants only. Even if you are at the field with your buddies, and your quad breaks or you run out of batteries, it doesn’t take long for your patience to wear thin. You can even relate to what your friends are doing, can talk about their quad and yours, etc. So if you, as a pilot, get bored semi-quickly if you aren’t able to fly something? How do you suppose you will capture the attention of non-pilots? You won’t. While drone racing is a highly skillful activity, their are enough variables that can cause even the best pilots to make mistakes or just flat out lose when they are otherwise proven masters.

    A great example would be World Series of Poker. It made a run in the early 2000’s and went mainstream for maybe a year or two and then dropped out about as fast as it came in. Why? No namers come in and take victories while the "masters" or known players catch a bad streak, bad luck, or whatever and drop out. People still play poker, and they always will. It will just remain a game, for the players, and only the players as nobody gives a damn about watching it except for a small select few.

  27. Tbommy 88 on December 8, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    And the FAA rules are going to kill all of this.

  28. EverNewb on December 8, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Well I think exposure needs to addressed. this video is 2 years old and I only found out about Drone racing a month ago. fell in love instantly. wish i could afford a rig to try this stuff out myself.

  29. ObsessionPC on December 8, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Tell you what, spectators need goggles themselves, even if it’s the cheapo box goggles to begin with. BE THERE for the 3d experience, but also be able to be in each of the drones, select the channel, watch the racer you like. Also, have the audience be in the race track, cover the stands, so drones can zip right past you. Competitions should include stunts, free style and races, so everybody can place in what he or she is best at.

  30. Karl Lauer on December 8, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Yes, and now the FAA kills it. Welcome to the planet of idiots.

  31. Kira on December 8, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    maybe stop maybe it illegal ? so we can fly easier? maybe sell us parts so we can buy them in stores, we still have to buy stuff from china and hide in the forests

  32. Jack Johnston on December 8, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Drones 😛

  33. Andy T on December 8, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    3:58 got my attention
    Yeah i’m a drone pilot!

  34. TheFalcore on December 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    it is the sport of the future and its for all ages literily i am 12 and i am already racing

  35. JP FPV on December 8, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    2:51 is that Mr Steele?

  36. Davo UpNYa on December 8, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    All I can say is "HELL YES" !!!

  37. Miso Monih on December 8, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    OMG 666K VIEW!!!!!!

  38. billybbob18 on December 8, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    The fpv video technology needs to get WAY better. I have some ideas. 😁

  39. solen18 on December 8, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    If a company puts a RTF kit that puts you into drone racing without all of the parts and flight controller nonsense, will be huge and mainstream this sport more.

  40. Conz on December 8, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    How do be a master

  41. Pixel Senpai on December 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Welcome to the headache of trying to make Esports a mainstream thing. Virtual sports are a thing and they aren’t going away.

  42. dipesh patidar on December 8, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Which is the best industrial grade flight controller board in terms of stability??

  43. Trif 55 on December 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Who are all the pilots at 8:!7? some I don’t recognise

  44. Midnight Legends on December 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    haha 3:04 Tommy from Roto Riot, If you haven’t go check out the Youtube page

  45. iiiDartsiii on December 8, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    to make it a spectator friendly the drones need to be much bigger so that people can actually see them, it’s boring just watching a dot 100 -200 m away not being able to tell the critical details like how close that was making it through the loop, or how close was a drone to another without crashing etc.

  46. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas. on December 8, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    🙂

  47. Court Reinland on December 8, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    His day job "head of animation at Dreamworks" *mic drop*

  48. Marcin Kiersnowski on December 8, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    This is not a sport, it has no physical activity component.

  49. Beat Street News USA on December 8, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Exciting to watch this sport grow & grow & grow …

  50. vincent on December 8, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    "From a visual point of view, it could be bigger than football." I don’t like football…but yeah, I don’t think so.

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