ISL 2020 season to be shown in over 140 countries after multiple deals struck
The ISL is staging its 2020 season in Budapest due to coronavirus travel restrictions and will feature 10 teams comprising 320 athletes competing in 13 meets – 10 qualifying races, two semi-finals and a Grand Final.
The league had touted a potential Tokyo setting for the league final but today it announced the event will now stay in the Hungarian capital to “ensure the ongoing safety of the teams and to reduce the need to travel in these uncertain times.”
Ahead of the 2020 season, which runs from 16 October to mid-December, the ISL has struck a number of rights deals which will see it broadcast in 140 countries, a number which far surpasses the estimated 80 countries touted by Hubert Montcoudiol, ISL head of commercial operations, at a press conference last month.
Rights deals for the ISL are being brokered by In&OutStories, the Paris-based media rights consultancy of Arnaud Simon, a former long-term Eurosport executive.
Last month, the league secured a multi-year deal with US television network CBS to broadcast the entire 2020 season in the US.
Last week, a multi-regional deal was struck with international pay-television broadcaster BeIN Sports to broadcast the events in France, Turkey, 24 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as 10 countries in Asia Pacific. In Israel, the season will be shown by pay-TV sports channel Sport 1.
UK public-service broadcaster the BBC will broadcast all London Roar’s matches as well as the semi-final matches, while other meets will be aired by pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport.
In Europe, the action will be shown via Sky (Italy), Eurosport (UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark), Match TV (Russia), BTRC (Belarus), M4 (Hungary), Sport 1 (Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania) and Sportklub (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
SuperSport, the dominant pay-television broadcaster in sub-Saharan Africa, will broadcast the season to 41 countries, while international sports broadcaster ESPN will air the events live in 31 countries in The Caribbean.
Claro Sports, the network owned by Mexican telecoms giant America Movil, will show the meets in 17 Latin American countries besides Brazil, where the season will be shown on commercial broadcaster Globo.
CBC, the Canadian public-service broadcaster, will show the events in Canada, while Japanese television network TV Asahi will broadcast the meets in Japan. Indian fans will be able to catch the action on Eurosport.
Australia’s commercial broadcaster Seven will again showcase the league, along with BeIN, and international sports broadcaster ESPN will show the season in New Zealand.