I just sent this email to Dorna on <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
Subject: Your decision to have the amount of viewers limited in Western Europe (including UK)
Dear mr. Ezpeleta (should you ever read this message, which I doubt),
Obviously Dorna doesn’t want the MotoGP races (including Moto3 and Moto2 classes) to be watched by a broad audience. You deal to give away the exclusive rights for airing the races to BT will have this effect.
Since I think you have a vision of what the consequences will be regarding the viewing figures (the number of actual people actually watching the races on TV), this seems to be your objective.
Consequences will be that it will be even harder to find sponsors that want to help funding the teams. Every sponsor wants to have his name shown to as much people as possible. Now that the races will be watched by (even) lesser people sponsors will abandon the Moto GP scene to spend their money elsewhere. Eventually this will make the Moto GP obsolete and uninteresting, despite the performances of teams and riders.
Especially in a time, where financial crisis makes people more critical on where they spend their money on, a majority of people will choose NOT to pay for watching the races, and diverting their interests to something else.
So assuming you all have this figured out in advance I can only conclude that your intention is not to keep a motor sport scene alive but to make short term profit, regardless the long term consequences. I will expect to see the same happen with the WSBK competition in a few years, since you own the rights for that too. Teams will be diminished, the best riders of the world riders will get paid a lot less and will direct their attention elsewhere. Just like the viewers......
I’m a big motorsports fan for more than 40 years, and followed the competition during the years. But I will not pay for watching a fantastic sport that is indented to be seen by a broad audience. Wasn’t your deal with the BBC 5 years ago not motivated by your own statement that the races should be watched by as many as possible people, just to make the sport more popular? Obviously your vision has changed.....
“Thank you” for sacrificing this fantastic sport to short term profit.