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GoPro To Be Presenting Sponsor For Drone Racing Championships

Drone Sports Association (DSA), the leading global drone racing and drone sports entertainment company, announced today that the highly anticipated 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships “Drone Nationals” will be presented by GoPro, AIG, EMC {code}, and EY have also signed on as major partners for the marquee event August 5-7, on Governors Island, New York.

With drone racing’s increase in popularity, the 2016 National Drone Racing Championships Presented by GoPro (crowning the coveted title of fastest drone pilot in the United States) will be the first ever drone racing event covered by ESPN.

“This is a big step forward for DSA and drone racing as a sport,” says Dr. Scot Refsland, Chairman of the DSA. He continues, “To have major brands like GoPro, AIG, EMC {code}, and EY follow ESPN and become our partners is an incredible testament to the immense growth of drone racing.”

“As one of the first insurers approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate drones for risk assessment and management, AIG is proud to be the official insurance partner for this event,” says Jeremy Johnson, president U.S. commercial insurance at AIG. “Drones have the capability to transform the way industries operate and serve their clients. We’re excited to further support the acceptance and use of this innovative technology.”

The 2016 National Drone Racing Championships Presented by GoPro and the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships in October will be streamed live on ESPN3 and, following each event, will be televised as a one hour special on an ESPN network.

The DSA invites everyone to attend the 2016 National Drone Racing Championships Presented by GoPro on Governors Island as it will have an incredibly enjoyable summer festival atmosphere that racing fans appreciate—exciting drone racing, family entertainment, state-of-the-art technology, food, drinks, music, and plenty of drone sponsors. General admission is free.

The DSA (formerly RotorSports) was established to govern drone racing, freestyle, and new, emerging drone sports. The DSA is led by Chairman Dr. Scot Refsland (RotorSports Founder), CEO Sahand Barati (previously of the IDRA), and EVP of Sales & Marketing Jeff LaClaire (former NASCAR Marketing executive).

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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