Volleyball's Women's Champions League Final Four to receive record TV coverage
Volleyball’s forthcoming Women’s Champions League Final Four, the climax to the top European clubs competition, is to be broadcast in a record 117 countries and territories.
This weekend’s event at the Palaverde in Treviso, Italy, has attracted the highest number of broadcasters ever, according to the CEV, the European volleyball confederation.
Ma Chaîne Sport, the France-based sports broadcaster owned by telecoms group SFR, will air the competition in France (exclusive deal), Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, while sports broadcasters Sport1, and Sportitalia will provide coverage in Germany and Italy respectively.
SportKlub, the sports broadcaster in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, will be televising the tournament in Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Former Y.R. of Macedonia and Montenegro, while in Russia, Match TV, the sports broadcaster, and Star TV, the state-owned television network, have rights.
Elsewhere, Eurosport Asia, the Asian-arm of the Discovery-owned sports broadcaster, will be showing the Final Four in Australia, Hong Kong (exclusive deal), Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, India and South Korea, while iQYI, the digital video platform, will stream games to viewers in China.
Dubai Sports, the UAE-based sports broadcaster, will provide coverage in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea.
Claro Sports, the sports network owned and operated by Mexico-based telecoms firm América Móvil, is the rights-holder in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela, while ESPN3, the digital channel of the US sports broadcaster, will be airing the games in USA, Canada and New Zealand.
Kwesé Sports, the sub-Saharan African pay-television sports broadcaster, will be the home of the Final Four in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe.