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ESPN to broadcast drone racing

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Drones have officially become mainstream.

The International Drone Racing Association said on Wednesday that it had signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to bring the new sport of drone racing to the sports network.

“We look forward to providing drone racing fans a larger platform to access this exciting world,” Matthew Volk, director of programming and acquisitions for ESPN, said in a statement. “Drone racing is an opportunity to reach and connect with a growing and passionate audience.”

ESPN’s first broadcast of an IDRA event will take place in August. The 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships crowns the fastest drone pilot in the country and will be held on Governors Island in New York City.

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