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News - 30.07.2014

Champions Hockey League secures 3-year U.S. broadcasting deal with ONE World Sports

The Champions Hockey League will be seen on television in the United States, thanks to a new three-year agreement with ONE World Sports. The deal includes other media platforms as well, including internet and mobile coverage.

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ZUG – Infront Sports & Media, the exclusive commercial partner of the Champions Hockey League, has secured another major media rights agreement for the new pan-European club ice hockey competition with ONE World Sports. The agreement with the American network for global sports exclusively covers the U.S. market and runs from the launch of the competition in August, through to 2017. Included are the rights for multiple platforms including terrestrial, cable, broadband internet and mobile on a free and or pay basis.

ONE World Sports acquired rights for all 161 games of the Champions Hockey League, from group stage through to the final. The network’s TV and online audience will benefit from live broadcast and English commentary.

Joel Feld, ONE World Sports’ Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, commented: “We continue to deliver on our goal to bring our fans best-in-class programming from around the world. We expect that the newly founded Champions Hockey League will grow into one of the sport's premier championships.”

Bruno Marty, Infront’s Executive Director Winter Sports, said: “This is a major agreement for the Champions Hockey League as it demonstrates the favourable perception and appeal of the tournament beyond Europe. With broadcast coverage ensured in the USA, Pan-European club ice hockey positions itself strongly in one of the most powerful markets for the sport. With the best of the best clubs and players facing each other, the competition’s potential is fully acknowledged already before its first season gets off the ground – confirmed by yet another multi-year agreement.”