Drone Racing Looks to Go Mainstream Amid Major Sports Void

New president Rachel Jacobson, a former NBA executive, on what's in store for the Drone Racing League

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With major sports leagues shut down for the foreseeable future, an up-and-coming futuristic sport is looking to help fill the void with a particularly social distancing-friendly type of competition.

The Drone Racing League has seen a 200% uptick in viewership in the past year—a trend that has accelerated since the start of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. It’s also seen a 90% rise in pilot participation and a 60% increase in social media following.

As a game that involves remote-controlled drones whizzing through rings at 90 miles per hour or faster, the league is particularly well positioned to take advantage of the current moment, when other contact sports still risk exposing players to Covid-19.

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