Zug, Switzerland – Infront, a Wanda Sports Group company, has sold the media rights to the main International Skating Union (ISU) competitions to public broadcaster NOS in the Netherlands until and including seasons 2022/23.
The agreement includes extensive live rights for all ISU Speed Skating Championships, ISU Short Track Speed Skating Championships and World Cups as well as highlight rights for all ISU Figure Skating events.
NOS will offer viewers in the Netherlands extensive coverage of the following ISU events:
• ISU Speed Skating Championships
• ISU World Cup Speed Skating series (excluding events being held in the Netherlands)
• ISU Four Continents Speed Skating Championships
• ISU Short Track Speed Skating Championships
• ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series (excluding events being held in the Netherlands)
• ISU Figure Skating Championships
• ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series
• ISU World Synchronised Skating Championships
Bruno Marty, Infront's Senior Vice President Spectator Sports Media & Marketing: “This marks another milestone in our mission to maximise media exposure of ISU's properties. The Netherlands is a key market for the ISU and with NOS signed up as a long-standing partner, more fans than ever will be able to follow these thrilling Olympic sports on free-TV.”
Gerard Timmer, NOS's CEO: “Professional speed skating is part of the Dutch culture and therefore very important to the NOS. We are very pleased that, with this new agreement signed, we can continue to broadcast the national and international skating competitions for the years ahead.”
Jan Dijkema, ISU President: “Given the huge popularity of speed skating in the Netherlands and the ISU’s long-standing relationship with NOS, we are pleased to see Infront secure this important agreement. It guarantees that the ISU events remain available on free-to-air TV, leveraging the high-quality standard and production that NOS offers.”
About International Skating Union
The International Skating Union (ISU), founded in 1892, is the oldest governing international winter sport federation and the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) administering the sports of Figure Skating (Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance), Synchronized Skating, Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating worldwide. The objectives of the ISU are to regulate, govern, promote and develop its sports on the basis of friendship and mutual understanding between athletes. Currently three ISU disciplines are included in the Olympic Winter Games program (Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating). For further information please visit isu.org.
The Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (Nederlandse Omroep Stichting – NOS) was founded in May 1969 through a merger of the Netherlands Radio Union (NRU, established in 1947) and the Netherlands Television Union (NTU, established in 1951). NOS is part of the Dutch public broadcasting system (NPO).
Every day, the Sports department of the NOS offers a wide range of programs, covering all sports on all platforms. A great number of sports are covered live, both on television and radio and through our site, apps and social media. Speed skating draws vast audiences in The Netherlands, especially during international tournaments such as the ISU World Cups and Olympic Winter Games.