If you’re a tech-minded individual with fast reflexes, the Drone Racing League is hoping you’ll consider a career in professional drone racing.
With contracts of up to $100,000 to fly one of these devices for the professional sports league, it’s a not-too-shabby career choice if you have the skills to pilot flying devices through a pre-determined maze at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.
Amateur drone racing started out five years ago in Australia. DRL co-founder and CEO Nick Horbaczewski had previously been the chief revenue officer at Tough Mudder, and was looking for an opportunity to get in on a sport that was on its way up.
“I had experience growing a niche sport into a major sport,” Horbaczewski said to CNBC at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. “I wanted to look at what would be next [in the sports world].”
And while the sport hasn’t reached a critical mass of popularity, the DRL is starting to make headway. The second season broadcasts in 75 countries including on Sky Sports in the U.K. and Ireland and on ESPN in North, South, and Central America, as well as the Caribbean starting in June 2017. The company has also had to invent new cameras to capture the high-speed flying devices, which provides the league with an additional revenue stream. Continue reading about drone racing careers.
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