Global sports network One World Sports has secured exclusive North American rights to the Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) in a deal with World Sport Group.
One World will broadcast weekly games on television, broadband and mobil for the 16-team CSL which represents the highest level of professional football in China. Four clubs – Tianjin Teda, Hangzhou Greentown, Shandong Luneng FC and Shanghai Shenhua – are competing in this year’s AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier club competition.
One Media Corp’s acquisition of the CSL media rights follows its other recent broadcast deals for the Korean K-League, Japanese J. League, AFC Champions League, and the live broadcast of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 this past January.
“We are pleased to have One World Sports providing live coverage of the Chinese Super League in North America on TV, broadband and mobile devices. This is part of our commitment to extend coverage of the league to wider audiences around the world,” said Mark Hardess, president, ASEAN and Australia, World Sport Group.
“The Chinese Super League rights secures our dominant and exclusive position in delivering the three best soccer leagues in Asia to US audiences,” said Preston Bornman, president of One Media Corp, parent company of One World Sports. “As with our other great soccer and sport products, the CSL will be available live on TV, broadband and mobile to US sports fans.”