ONE World Sports extends US rights For J League, K-League and CSL Soccer
Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 23-05-2012
One World Sports (OWS) has signed three-year extensions starting in 2012 of its exclusive North American multi-platform rights with Japan’s J League, the Korea Professional Football League (K-League) and the Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) under terms of an agreement with World Sport Group (WSG).
Each weekend, One World Sports will feature three games from the J League, two games from the CSL and one game from the K-League. This is in addition to two games from the Australian League (A-League). The games will be shown live whenever possible.
Rick Jemison, senior VP of programming, One World Sports, said: "We are so pleased with the extension of our J League, K-League and CSL football rights.
"We are committed to bringing Asia's best soccer matches to its fans in North America. It is a tremendous vote of confidence for Asia's pre-eminent soccer leagues to choose us to continue to deliver the live and exclusive coverage of their games."
The J League includes 18 teams and is the top division of the Japanese professional football league. Its season is played from March to December and consists of matches played in double round-robin (home and away) format of 34 games each.
The CSL is the highest and most prestigious level of professional football in China. The league has 16 teams. Three clubs competed in this season’s AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier soccer club competition, with Guangzhou Evergrande qualifying for the round of 16.
The K-League is South Korea’s top professional football league. It has a proven history of excellence, with four of the league’s sixteen teams competing in the 2012 AFC Champions League and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Ulsan Hyundai advancing to the round of 16.