German sports network Sport1 has acquired the broadcast rights for the Champions Hockey League, which will kick off on Aug. 21. Sport1 purchased the exclusive media rights for the new European club hockey competition for Germany from the sportsman media group for the inaugural '14-15 season. The sports rights agency is a partner of Infront Sports & Media, which is the exclusive marketing partner of the CHL. As part of the deal, free-to-air TV channel Sport1 will show live and exclusive selected games featuring German teams during the group stage. After the group stage, Sport1 will air one game per round including the CHL final on Feb. 3 regardless of the participation of German teams. The coverage includes a total of 13 live games starting with the matchup between Eisbären Berlin and Czech side PSG Zlin on Aug. 22. Sport1 Managing Dir Olaf Schröder said, "European hockey finally also has a continental top league. ... With the Champions Hockey League, we continue to build our portfolio of international hockey highlights. Starting this season, we will show the NHL live on Sport1 US. Regardless of summer: We are hot for ice!" (Sport1).
South Asia sports broadcaster Ten Sports Network "strengthened its football portfolio with the acquisition of two English football properties in the Capital One Cup and the Sky Bet football league" from sports media rights agency MP & Silva, according to INDIAN TELEVISION. Both events "bolster its line up of football content," which includes the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Copa Del Rey and French League. Ten Sports CEO Rajesh Sethi said, “English Football is very well followed in the Indian subcontinent and by acquiring these properties we will be showcasing all the best English football clubs contest in a more exciting knockout format in the Capital One Cup. With the Sky Bet Football League, we will be able to offer football fans in the Indian subcontinent a different flavor of English Football." Football League CEO Shaun Harvey said, “India is a market where interest in football has grown exponentially in recent years, and as such this new deal represents a big boost as we continue to expand our international reach." As part of the deal with MP & Silva, Ten Sports Network has also acquired rights to the "Brazil World Tour" featuring friendly matches played by the Brazilian national football team in '14. The broadcaster "will show these football properties to its 140 million households across the Indian sub-continent." Matches "will also be available for live streaming at www.tensports.com" (INDIAN TELEVISION, 8/8).
Fox Sports Latin America and ESPN Int'l have secured the rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League across Latin America and the Caribbean until '17-18. Both broadcasters will remain UEFA partners in the region in a new three-year deal starting in '15. Fox Sports Latin America Senior VP for Programming & Acquisitions Francisco Pazmiño said, "Fox Sports has enjoyed its partnership with UEFA since 2009 and we are very happy to continue this partnership through at least 2018." The two broadcasters will share the rights but "continue to simulcast the Champions League and Europa League finals, plus the Super Cup each year." No financial details were "immediately available" (SOCCEREX, 8/8). ... A search trend study by Google revealed that wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won the gold medal in the men's 74kg-category at the Glasgow Games, was the "most searched along with fellow teenage female grappler Vinesh Phogat," who won the gold in the 48kg-category. Google's study said, "Badminton remained the most searched sporting discipline." It also revealed that boxing and wrestling "stood second and third, respectively" (JAGRAN POST, 8/6).