Drone Racing League are the pioneers in professional drone racing which is becoming more and more mainstream with every passing day. Just before the beginning of its 2017 season, DRL announced its multi-year partners and sponsors.
In February, Allianz, was announced as their title sponsor. Toy State (Nikko RC, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Nikko Air racing drones) were the title sponsors of the previous seasons. Drone Racing League has reached $20 million in investments as they have won sponsorships from Sky, Liberty Media (owners of Formula 1 and Sirius XM), Lux Capital, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Hearst Ventures, RSE Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Courtside Ventures.
Forbes comments that it appears that the DRL has been sold to the sponsors and partners as a tech company rather than as a sporting event.
The Drone Racing League 2017 season was live telecast on ESPN2 in June, 2017 and their first location was the DRL Miami Nights.
June 20, 2017, 08:00 PM
June 27, 2017, 08:00 PM
July 4, 2017, 08:00 PM
July 11, 2017, 10:00 PM
July 18, 2017, 08:00 PM
July 28, 2017, 10:00 PM (Recap starts at 09:00 PM)
The complete schedule and the channels which will be broadcasting the event can be viewed here. Similar to other racing leagues around the world, Drone Racing League ensures that the playing field remains even by placing certain limitations on the participating equipment. So, the restriction in this case is the drone only. The pilots can use any other goggles and controller they want. But they will have to fly the same drone which means that it all boils down to flying skills if you want to win the event.
If you are new to drone racing, take a look at this set of videos and see for yourself!