Willow TV, the primary broadcaster for cricket in North America, has retained the exclusive media rights in the United States for the VIVO IPL 2017 Twenty-20, reports Business Standard. Willow previously broadcast the IPL in 2014 as well and set cricket viewership records in the United States.
“Willow is delighted to bring exclusive live coverage of the VIVO IPL 2017 to our viewers across television and digital platforms,” said Vijay Srinivasan, CEO of Willow. “Viewer interest for cricket in the US stands at unparalleled levels, as over 1.4 million households watched the 2016 ICC World Twenty-20 on Willow TV. We look to continue to set new all-time high ratings this year. The IPL is the crown jewel of professional Twenty20 tournaments, and cricket fans in the US are in for a treat when the tournament kicks off on April 5.”.
The 10th season of the VIVO IPL 2017 starts on April 5 with the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on last year’s runner up Royal Challengers Bangalore. The tournament will feature 60 matches, over 47 days in multiple venues across India. Willow will provide live coverage of all 60 matches, culminating with the final on May 21.
Willow is the only channel that is dedicated solely to cricket in US.