-- Broadcaster announces acquisition of TV rights of FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013
-- Live and exclusive coverage of Wimbledon 2013 will see more matches featuring the world's best tennis stars through a dual feed on STAR Sports 2 and ESPN
-- Network will also cover live action from ICC Champions Trophy Cricket 2013, British and Canadian Formula One Grand Prix events, MotoGP, 2013 US Open Golf Championship & FIFA Asian Qualifiers
The heat is well and truly on for all sports fans this summer as STAR Sports announced a glittering array of top notch sporting events across its network of SD and HD channels all through the month of June. With the biggest event in the ICC calendar - the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 already underway in England, the network also announced today the acquisition of the TV rights for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 which kicks off from June 15 in Brazil. The third week of the month will also see the Championships at Wimbledon live and exclusive on the network. The sports broadcaster will showcase thrilling motor-racing action from the British and Canadian Formula One Grand Prix races and the Moto GP. The month will be rounded off with live action from the FIFA Asian Football Qualifiers and the much awaited golf major – the 2013 US Open Golf Championship.
The acquisition of broadcast rights of FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, brings to soccer fans live action from the world's second most important men's global football competition. The event, to be played from June 15-30, will bring together the strongest international teams in world football to play in Brazil, one year ahead of 2014 FIFA World Cup. All the 16 matches of this marquee tournament will be broadcast live on STAR Sports and ESPN.
The line-up of countries includes hosts Brazil - FIFA World Cup Champion; Champion of UEFA region - Spain; Mexico - Champion of CONCACAF region; Uruguay - Champion of CONMEBOL region; Japan - Champion of AFC region; Nigeria - Champion of CAF region; Italy - Runner-up of UEFA region and Tahiti - Champion of OFC region.
STAR Sports further announced the live & exclusive coverage of The Championships at Wimbledon 2013 on ESPN and STAR Sports 2, starting June 24. This coverage is going to be unprecedented as for the first time in Indian television tennis fans will get to see the largest number of matches across two channels. Through this dual offering the network will showcase almost 150 hours of live coverage this year. With a star-studded expert panel featuring Vijay Amritraj and Alan Wilkins the coverage of Wimbledon 2013 is poised to usher in a new viewing experience for fans nationwide.
Live action from ICC Champions Trophy 2013 has already started with the kick-off matches. STAR Sports 2 will broadcast the biggest event in the ICC calendar in 2013 in Hindi while STAR Cricket & STAR Cricket HD will showcase the tournament with English commentary. The sports channels have also added telecast innovations like UltraCam and StarCam 360 within the live program taking cricket viewing to a whole new level. For the first time, STAR Cricket HD will also broadcast the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound technology.
Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Rajput, Chief Operating Officer, ESPN Software India Pvt. Ltd., "We are incredibly proud and happy to present this mouth-watering array of premium sporting content in the month of June which will keep sports fans glued to their TV sets. With such premium sporting action across sporting genres, our aim is to take the viewership of sports to a whole new level – be it through our quality of talent, look and feel of the presentation or through innovative production led enhancements which help in creating an immersive experience for sports fans."
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