Aug 27, 2010 Sports
Owns exclusive C’bean rights for CLT20, NCN to broadcast tournament
By Sean Devers
Kaieteur Sport was informed yesterday that ESPN has entered into a three-year agreement with ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia’s premier sports content provider and the global commercial partner of Champions League T20 (CTL20), for the exclusive Caribbean television, internet and mobile rights to the CLT20 Tournament which runs from September 10-26 in South Africa.
According to ESPN, all 23 matches in the CLT20 competition which include Caribbean T20 winners Guyana, will air on ESPN and ESPN2 in the Caribbean Networks
ESPN Television carried the Caribbean T20 Championships live from Barbados and Trinidad but Guyanese did not get the opportunity to see Guyana play since the games were not shown in Guyana last month.
A source close to CMC, who had the Radio rights for the Caribbean Championships, told this newspaper yesterday that Guyanese might again be denied the opportunity of seeing their team live from South Africa due to the rights issue but NCN confirmed that the State-owned entity would be broadcasting every game.
Ganraj Raghubeer, NCN’s Sales Manager informed yesterday via telephone (and an e-mailed document) that NCN will carry all 23 games and were in the process of acquiring sponsorship for the event.
“It’s exciting! It’s T20 Cricket, so book your package now… call our marketing department on 223-7549, 226-1382, 227-1566 ext 226,286 or Tele/Fax 226-0118,” Raghubeer said.
Raghubeer said that like last year when the tournament was held in India and Trinidad and Tobago reached the final, NCN will broadcast both games each day from the first one on September 10 to the final on September 26.
Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports, Manu Sawhney said ESPN was pleased to bring world-class T20 cricket action to the Caribbean. “CLT20 marks the grand finale of the T20 cricket where T20 champion teams from various countries across the world battle for the ultimate honor – to be adjudged as the Champion of Champions.
And we are committed to showcase this marquee property to cricket fans across the globe and along with our partners this year’s edition will be shown in more than 180 territories across the globe.” He added.
“The CLT20 is one of the World’s most respected and anticipated cricket events,” said Bernard Stewart, Vice President ESPN Caribbean and Maritime Media. “After ESPN’s successful live presentation of the Caribbean T20 in July, we are delighted to again showcase Guyana and its captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, as well as the other talented cricketers from the West Indies who will play in the CLT20 matches. We are continuing our efforts to establish ESPN as a presenter of top-level cricket programming in the region.”
Of the ten participating teams, just three will be returning from the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2009 – Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Victorian Bushrangers (Australia) and Wayamba Elevens (Sri Lanka).
The CLT20 will feature the most illustrious names in cricket such as Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn, Rahul Dravid, Shaun Tait, Jean-Paul Duminy, Ajantha Mendis, Anil Kumble, Matthew Hayden, Ross Taylor, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Jacob Oram, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, Zaheer Khan, Cameron White, Michael Hussey and David Hussey along with Guyanese teenager Jonathon Foo, who was the find of the Caribbean tournament.
ESPN STAR Sports is the global television production partner and exclusive commercial rights partner for the Champions League T20 up to 2018.
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