FIH seals five-year rights deal with Australia's Fox Sports
Fox Sports, the pay-television operator in Australia, has today signed an exclusive rights deal with the FIH, field hockey's governing body, covering a range of leading competitions between now and 2022.
Fox Sports will show all 16 matches played in Australia each year by the men's and women's teams in the new Pro League, which launches next year.
The broadcaster said it will provide "full visibility across multiple platforms" for all 144 Pro League matches as well as the showpiece grand finals.
Before the Pro League gets under way, Fox Sports will show all of Australia's matches at the Hockey Women’s World Cup, which takes place in London from 21 July to 5 August, and the men's team's defence of its World Cup title in Bhubaneswar, India from 28 November to 16 December.
In addition, the nation's matches at the Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy, which takes place in Breda in the Netherlands from 23 June to 1 July, and the women’s edition, to be held in Changzhou, China from 17 to 25 November, will be shown on Fox Sports.
These will be the last editions of the Champions Trophy, which is being replaced by the Pro League.
The rights deal was struck directly with the FIH, which last year bought back its global media rights from Star India, the pay-TV broadcaster owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, despite being only three years into an eight-year deal (Star retained rights in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal).
Andy Oram, FIH TV and broadcast director, said: “With Australia one of the world’s greatest hockey nations it was important to engage with a broadcaster who would provide the platform their success deserves... This is another important partnership agreed as part of FIH’s global distribution strategy, focused on delivering world-class production and content. It shows that the Hockey Pro League and our other flagship events are attractive propositions for broadcasters who are key to helping us engage with millions more followers across the planet.”
Peter Campbell, chief operating officer of Fox Sports, added: “Fox Sports will deliver more local and international action than ever before, broadcasting the exciting new Hockey Pro League from 2019, and with the 2020 Olympics just around the corner, we will be the place for fans to follow the Aussies with coverage of major events including the World Cup and Olympic Qualifiers.
“Our Australian hockey teams have achieved enormous success on the global stage but have had little visibility outside the Olympics. This new partnership will change that, providing significantly more coverage, both internationally and domestically, which will help grow the sport and showcase these incredible athletes.”
The FIH recently signed a similar five-year deal in Belgium with Telenet, the cable and telecoms operator.