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ESPN ups its drone racing coverage

The sports network slates a 10-episode season of races, starting next month, as part of a multiyear agreement with a drone league.

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ESPN has signed a multiyear deal with the Drone Racing League (DRL) to cover events in North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean.

The announcement, which came last week, includes a list of 10 hour-long episodes slated to start airing in October.

ESPN initially covered first-person view drone racing in August, with the three-day broadcast of the US National Drone Racing Championships on ESPN 3. The network hasn't released ratings for August's event, but the new agreement signals a promising start.

The 10-episode season for 2016 will run from October 23 through November 20. Most of the episodes will air on ESPN 2. The final coverage of the DRL World Championships 2016 will run on ESPN.