Infront secures another exclusive media partner for the pan-European club ice hockey competition broadcasting in high definition television
Zug, Switzerland – Infront Sports & Media, the exclusive commercial partner of the Champions Hockey League, has signed another media rights agreement for the Champions Hockey League. For the 2014/15 season, SlovakSport.TV will hold exclusive broadcasting rights in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
With the Czech Republic, Infront has secured extensive broadcast coverage for another home region of the new Pan-European competition. In total, six teams from the Czech Extraliga are participating in the Champions Hockey League, now competing on a Pan-European level against the best clubs from Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Austria as well as other countries with a wild card.
SlovakSport.TV is a private sports broadcaster operating in both countries, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The rights package acquired from Infront includes live, delayed and highlights transmission on all platforms including terrestrial, cable, broadband internet and mobile rights on a free and/or pay basis. The games will all be broadcasted in high definition on the two private and one free sports channels SlovakSport.TV1, SlovakSport.TV2, SlovakSport.TV3 – with Slovak and Czech commentary respectively.
In addition, SlovakSport.TV will handle media production for all home games of the Slovakian Wild Card team HC Košice and approximately 20 games of the Czech teams. These operations will be guided by Infront’s high standards and specifications for HD production.
About the Champions Hockey League
The new competition, fully owned and operated by the European Ice Hockey Club Competition (ECC), which includes – as its shareholders – top European clubs, six national leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will start in August 2014, with the group stage running to October. The final rounds take place from November 2014 to February 2015. Infront holds all commercial rights to the Champions Hockey League.
About Infront Sports & Media
Infront Sports & Media is the most respected sports marketing company in the world, managing a comprehensive portfolio of top properties. Led by President & CEO Philippe Blatter, Infront covers all aspects of successful sporting events – including distribution of media rights, sponsorship, media production and event operation – and has won a reputation for its high standards of delivery. As the number one player in winter sport and with a leading role in football and summer sports, Infront enjoys long-lasting partnerships with 120 rights-holders and hundreds of sponsors and media companies. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Infront has a team of 500 experienced staff working from 20 offices across 10 countries, delivering 3,400 event days of top class sport around the world every year.