Discovery acquires FIS rights
October 11, 2021
Discovery Sports has agreed a new multi-year deal with Infront to bring a number of Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) events to viewers in more than 50 European markets.
Starting from the 2021-22 season, men’s and women’s FIS World Cup Events including every Alpine Ski World Cup race; the Ski Jumping World Cup, Cross Country World Cup, Nordic Combined World Cup; and men’s and women’s Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Cup events, will be available to watch on Discovery’s platforms including Eurosport and discovery+ for the next five years.
The package of winter sports rights also features the FIS Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships in 2023 (France and Slovenia) and 2025 (Austria and Norway) along with the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in 2023 (Georgia) and 2025. The Biathlon World Team Challenge will also be shown along with Summer Grand Prix Ski Jumping annually until 2025.
As part of the 50-plus market agreement, Discovery Sports has secured exclusive access for all events in more than 40 markets.
Andrew Georgiou, President of Sports, Discovery, said: “Eurosport has always been the home of winter sports, bringing fans the greatest choice of events and access to the sports they love. I’m delighted that Discovery Sports’ continued investment in the world’s greatest events and our renewed partnership with Infront will allow us to deliver every Alpine, Cross Country and Nordic Combined World Championships and World Cup race; every Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships and World Cup and more Ski Jumping events than anyone else, which will help us to unlock the power of winter sports as we build towards Beijing 2022. Our deep winter sports expertise and localised production combined with the immense scale and reach of Discovery’s European portfolio including via Eurosport and discovery+ means we can continue to use our world-class storytelling ability to bring fans closer to their heroes, delivering action from the most exciting winter sports to the widest possible audience.”