ESPN International has entered into a cricket distribution agreement for the Caribbean with ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) for International Cricket Council events and the Champions League Twenty20 through 2015, it was announced today by Bernard Stewart, vice president, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) agreement is a four-year deal from 2012 to 2015 and covers several ICC events, including the global showpiece of the cricket calendar, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The distribution agreement covers terrestrial, cable, satellite and new media platform rights. ICC programming will be presented on two ESPN Caribbean television networks--ESPN Caribbean and ESPN 2 Caribbean-- and on ESPNPlay.com, the region's recently launched broadband network for live sports programming.
ESPN Caribbean's upcoming cricket coverage includes the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville, Australia from August 10-25; the ICC World Twenty 20 in Sri Lanka from September 18-October 7; and the Champions League Twenty20 in October (location and exact dates to be announced).
List of ICC Events 2012-2015
The Champions League Twenty20 agreement extends ESPN's current three-year deal by three more years covering 2013-2015. The agreement covers all of ESPN Caribbean's media platforms including the two networks, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN 2 Caribbean, and ESPNPlay.com.
The Champions League Twenty20 brings the best club teams from top cricket playing nations, including the West Indies, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, together in one of the major cricket competitions worldwide. Organizers have announced that Pakistan and other nations will be added this year.
The winner of the Caribbean Twenty20–to which ESPN Caribbean holds the rights through 2013–will represent the West Indies in the CLT20. Trinidad and Tobago, the 2011 representative, will return this year.
"We are delighted to again showcase talented cricketers from the West Indies who will play in the ICC World Twenty20 and the Champions League Twenty20 later this year, as well as the crown jewel of cricket – the ICC Cricket World Cup – in 2015," said Bernard Stewart, vice president, ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media. "Cricket is essential to our programming in the West Indies and has a dynamic following there. This long-term agreement reinforces our commitment to providing world-class cricket to Caribbean fans."
"We have succeeded in securing some very significant long-term broadcast partnerships for the ICC events and we are very pleased to be working with ESPN to showcase an exciting calendar of ICC cricket events in this cricket market," said ESPN STAR Sports' Anurag Dahiya, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Cricket Rights. "This exciting partnership underscores our commitment to serving cricket fans in the Caribbean."
About ESPN STAR Sports
ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world's leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia's biggest sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to fans across multiple platforms.
ESPN STAR Sports features a comprehensive portfolio of multimedia assets including its television networks (ESPN, STAR Sports, STAR Cricket, ESPNEWS, ESPN HD, STAR Cricket HD), broadband network (ESPN Player), digital content services (espnstar.com, mobileESPN), and its on-ground Event Management Group with the aim to engage and entertain sports fans anytime, anyplace.
ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier sports from around the globe featuring some of the most iconic sports events to viewers across 24 countries in Asia through its 25 television networks and 3 broadband networks, each localized to deliver differentiated programming to meet diverse needs of Asian sports fans.
ESPN Caribbean is part of ESPN International, a division of ESPN, Inc. ESPN International has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 48 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of brand extension businesses, which allow ESPN to reach fans in over 200 countries and territories. ESPN International business entities include television, radio, print, internet, broadband, wireless, consumer products, and event management.
ESPN Caribbean is home to important regional and international cricket matches. In addition to the International Cricket Council and the Champions League Twenty20 events, ESPN Caribbean presents the Caribbean Twenty20, the Caribbean Regional Super50 and Caribbean Regional 4-Day and holds the rights to one-hour highlight programs for every match during the West Indies International home tours.
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