Regarding that article whodaphuck links to, this is interesting:
"According to Mountain Bike Rider, the split between Freecaster.tv and the UCI occurred when the UCI increased the amount of royalties it was demanding for the continued right to broadcast. Freecaster CEO Ray Dulieu said the amount was triple the asking price. Rockyroadsnetwork.com has replaced Freecaster as the official World Cup partner broadcaster."
As far as I know, that is not correct. RockyRoads IS the new title sponsor for the UCI MTB Worldcup, but the UCI have not yet awarded the broadcasting rights (unless that was more than a freudian slip...hmmm). According to the UCI, there are currently 3-4 companies that have bid for the broadcasting rights, they are to announce the winner in November.
If it does turn out to be RockyRoads, then they will have completed their aggressive take-over move, and their objectives from the start will have been shown up for what they where - piracy. Freecaster builds up the sport, then some shadow company (which makes false claims about its webtraffic) swoops in and takes over. That would explain why a website that claims "200,000 daily visitors" would not have any advertisers on site...
And this from rockyroad's website article about the freecaster series:
"Fionn Griffiths, athlete and team manager of Team GR, thinks that the offer of live coverage (by freecaster in their proposed series) for every pro finals athlete is something that will be appealing to teams and sponsors alike. "From an athlete's point of view there will be a lot of people seeing the prize money as a big incentive as well. The predicted prize purse is significantly higher than the current UCI World Cup Series offers," said Griffiths to RockyRoads."
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