Live sports continues its return to the screens of millions of fans across Europe with snooker’s Championship League – one of the first events on UK soil since the pause in live action – set to air exclusively on Eurosport and Eurosport Player (excluding UK, where it will air on ITV4).
The tournament, taking place between June 1st to 11th from Milton Keynes in the UK will see 64 of the world’s best players go toe-to-toe battling it out for a total prize fund of £218,000. Fan-favourites Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson have confirmed they will enter the event.
The agreement between Eurosport and Matchroom Multi-Sport means the Championship League will be screened in over 50 countries and territories across Europe.
Andrew Georgiou, President, Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, said: “We are proud to have a deep relationship with Matchroom and are delighted to be able to partner with them once again to screen one of the first live sporting events in the United Kingdom since live sport was placed on pause. We know people have been missing live sport and through the Championship League we are aiming to leverage Discovery’s sports platforms to bring world-class snooker to millions of fans across the continent. Despite the challenges of this pause, Eurosport has actively strengthened its offering for content-hungry fans we await the safe return of sport more widely. We wholeheartedly support Matchroom’s safety measures through our own technology infrastructure which protects the well-being of our own staff and everyone involved.”
Barry Hearn, Matchroom Chairman, said: “We are delighted that Eurosport will broadcast extensive coverage of the Championship League as this will bring the event to a vast number of territories and give fans in those regions the chance to see live sport. Across the globe, people are facing challenges, but top-class live sport gives them a welcome diversion and a dose of inspiration. Snooker is one of the few sports which is able to return because of the strict health and safety measures we can put in place, which we have achieved. Eurosport is one of our most important long-term partners and we are thrilled to be building that relationship as we look towards the future.”