BT Sport and FIH have agreed to a four-year extension deal of the media rights for the territories of the UK and Ireland. The deal till 2022 will cover among others the high profile events like the FIH Pro League, World Cups, Series Finals and Olympic Qualifiers.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has agreed to a new four-year partnership with BT Sport, confirming the broadcaster as the “Home of Hockey” in the United Kingdom and Ireland until 2022. BT Sport will show more than 600 hours of live and exclusive hockey content each year across all their platforms, during which they will utilise their industry-leading technology and innovations to bring fans into the heart of the action, FIH has stated in a Press release from Lausanne, Switzerland.
A key factor of this new partnership is their excitement for the new game-changing FIH Pro League. With 152 matches being played by nine top-level men’s and women’s teams between January and June each year, this competition will provide considerably more world-class hockey content, more often, for their subscribers. BT Sport will be the host broadcaster for all Great Britain and England women’s and men‘s home matches in the FIH Pro League, as well as the FIH’s official Production Partner for all of Pakistan men’s home matches, which will be played in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 2019 Series Finals will also be shown by BT Sport. Featuring the world’s leading teams not playing in the FIH Pro League, including Ireland, Scotland and Wales, these events mark a key stage on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Later in 2019, BT Sport will showcase an incredible end-of-year climax. The top teams from the Series Finals will square up to the best teams from the FIH Pro League in winner-takes-all, two-headed, Olympic Qualification Events.
Before all that drama begins, BT Sport’s latest innovations will be witnessed during the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 which begins tomorrow. This year’s biggest women’s sporting event will see matches broadcast in 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) using High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos surround sound. This will allow viewers to experience the best-ever picture and sound quality from a hockey event in the sport’s history.
Speaking about this, FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “With BT Sport having been at the forefront of innovation and technology within our sport, we‘re delighted to agree to this new long-term partnership for our flagship events with a broadcaster that reflects our ambitious Hockey Revolution strategy. Their world-class coverage and content creation will not only be key to engaging millions of more followers across the planet, but also an inspiration to other broadcasters showcasing our sport.”
Jamie Hindhaugh, COO, BT Sport, added: “It’s a hugely exciting time for international hockey and we’re delighted to continue showcasing our groundbreaking coverage for another four years. Brand new competitions like the FIH Pro League further demonstrates the range of world-class men’s and women’s sport that viewers can regularly enjoy on BT Sport.”
England Hockey CEO Sally Munday said: “BT Sport have been a fantastic partner for our sport and I am delighted that they have agreed to this new long-term contract with the FIH. With the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup about to start here in London, this is the perfect opportunity to see how much BT’s coverage brings our game to life both on and off the pitch. Our vision is to create ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’ and the FIH’s agreement with BT Sport helps us move even closer to that.”