As in any major sports event, the horse racing market in Britain is worth billions of pounds a year. Here’s how the race has fared in the last decade:
2004 – £1 billion.
2005 – £1 billion.
2006 – £632 million.
2007 – £543 million.
2008 – £542 million
2009 – £519 million.
2010 – £514 million.
2011 – £475 million.
2012 – £467 million.
2015 – £442 million.
2016 – £417 million.
How much should you watch?
For most of us, the biggest sporting event in the world – the Tour de France – is a must-see, but in the UK we also turn to rugby union, cricket and American football. The last two sports have dominated our TV screens for decades with their rich traditions, large followings, and big money.
The Tour de France’s huge draw in the UK means that the last few years are particularly busy for many fans around the country – but the best place to watch rugby union is at the ground, and this year it’s one of the biggest.
When you consider the money the sport spends on broadcasting rights, the UK is probably the one of the best places to watch the game – but even the money’s not enough for many to be completely committed. So watch out if you’re watching for the big money at the Olympic Stadium – you could lose a fortune!
Rugby Union offers a hugely competitive sport. It’s an exciting and hugely competitive championship, so we’re betting you’ll love it. We’re also betting you’ll get some great, hard-hitting action from you team-mates as they head on to France to take on Wales and then England, all within the space of two months.
1. What will you be watching on TV?
The Tour de France starts in the city of Paris in May, with plenty of big names racing across the French capital – including France’s best riders, including Peter Sagan, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet (pictured, centre) – and the race itself. In the UK we love all the big names, and we’ll be following both cycling and rugby union, with a couple of games of football thrown in here and there.
2. How many times will you watch it?
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