Con il comunicato che riportiamo in fondo alla pagina, Euroleague ha ufficializzato laccordo quadriennale con FOX International Channels (FIC) per la cessione dei diritti televisivi. Ritorna quindi su SKY SPORT il basket europeo (in attesa del lancio del nuovo canale FoxSport2 nel 2014) visibile agli abbonati Sky con pacchetto “Sport”, facendo fare un sicuro salto di qualità al movimento, ma riaprendo la diatriba fra amanti della pay-tv e sostenitori della pallacanestro in chiaro.
Ecco il comunicato di Euroleague Basketball:
Euroleague Basketball and FOX International Channels (FIC) are delighted to announce a historic four-year broadcasting agreement that will bring the fast-paced excitement of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague to basketball fans throughout Europe and Africa. The deal provides the network with exclusive rights to broadcast live games and highlights on FIC channels in different European markets, as well as non-exclusive rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Italy and Poland will become the first FIC Europes markets to benefit from the deal, exclusively broadcasting live games involving their respective local teams: Montepaschi Siena and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan in Italy; and Stelmet Zielona Góra in Poland. In addition, FIC have acquired the exclusive rights to the remainder of the weeks games.
Basketball fans in Sub-Saharan Africa will also be able to watch their favourite Euroleague action, with at least one weekly game set to be broadcast live on the regions sports channel, Setanta Africa (currently in the process of being acquired by FIC). This new broadcasting agreement with FIC is the latest move by Euroleague Basketball to help spread the I Feel Devotion motto the leagues official motto throughout Europe and beyond. Euroleague games are currently broadcast at least weekly to nearly 200 countries on five continents.
Andrea Bassani, Chief Television & New Media Rights Officer, Euroleague Basketball, said: We are delighted to welcome an organization the size of FIC to Euroleague Basketball through this multi-territory agreement. We are sure that the fans will enjoy elite basketball with FOXs typical high-end production standards in a season that will reach its climax with the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan, Italy one of FOX Sportss territories, and a prime event for FIC to showcase its top quality basketball coverage.
Diego Londoño, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of FOX international Channels Europe & Africa said: Over the course of this year, sports content has taken on an increasingly pivotal role in FICs European and African portfolio. But this exciting deal with Euroleague elevates our sports coverage to another level. It not only broadens the variety of content we offer to our passionate sports fans around the world, it also reinforces FICs total commitment to offering the most diverse, high-quality television content to meet the demands of our sophisticated global audience.