Friday, 8 July 2011

Eurosport Partnership Extended for an Additional 5 seasons

World Snooker announced the partnership with Eurosport and IMG. Eurosport will be extended for an additional 5 seasons (2011/2012 season to 2015/2016 season). Eurosport will broadcast additional 9 tournaments start from this season onwards! :)

Snooker on Eurosport: THE BEST OF SNOOKER
Eurosport has broadcasted snooker since 2003. The sport is helped by the extensive exposure over Eurosport and the world, which led to the new popularity of snooker in Europe. Last season over 96 million different viewers watched snooker on Eurosport and the figures are increasing.

The new agreement signed included 19 tournaments showing on Eurosport per season (which increases from 10). The new events such as Australian Goldfields Open, Brazilian Masters will be broadcasted live in the future. The 3 biggest tournament of the year (UK, Masters, World) will remain be shown.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: "IMG has negotiated a fantastic deal for snooker and gives further momentum to the growth of the sport throughout Europe and beyond.
World Snooker Chairman - Barry Hearn
"We have established new events in the continent including the German Masters ranking event and the European PTC tournaments, and we're delighted that all of these will be screened by Eurosport. The spread of snooker in the region has been phenomenal in recent years and this is a key part of our continued efforts to make it a global sport.

"Revenues from our International broadcast agreements are becoming significantly more relevant for our business and the sport as a whole. Expanding these revenue streams will help us to create new events with more prize money for the players."

Photos at EPTC2, Belgium (Mark Selby & Jimmy White in Photo)
Another great news for snooker fans is that all 6 EPTCs will be televisied on Eurosport! This is a breakthrough for the PTC events as there was no TV coverage on PTCs last season except PTC Grand Finals.

**However the deal does not feature coverage in the UK region for a few events that will be shown on BBC. They are Masters, UK Championship, Welsh Open, World Championship and possibly the World Open (not confirmed). 

Some snooker fans living in UK maybe disappointed by this deal. But I believe most of you can still view it LIVE on BBC :)

The 19 tournaments for the 2011-2012 season on Eurosport are:

6-10 July 2011, Wuxi Classic, China
11-17 July 2011, World Cup, Thailand
18-24 July 2011, Australian Goldfields Open, Australia
25-28 August 2011, PTC Europe / Paul Hunter Classic, Germany
5-11 September 2011, Shanghai Masters, China
15-18 September 2011, Brazilian Masters, Brazil
30 September - 2 October 2011, PTC Europe, Poland TBC
21-23 October 2011, PTC Europe, TBA
27-30 October 2011 or 26 March - 1 April 2012, World Open, TBA
11-13 November 2011, PTC Europe, Belgium TBC
3-11 December 2011, UK Championship, York
16-18 December, PTC Europe, TBA
6-8 January 2012, PTC Europe, Germany TBC
15-22 January 2012, The Masters, London
1-5 February 2012, German Masters, TBA
13-19 February 2012, Welsh Open, TBA
14-18 March 2012, PTC Final, TBA
26 March - 1 April or 2-8 April 2012 , China Open, China
21 April - 7 May 2012, World Championship, Sheffield

PTC: Player Tour Championship
TBA: to be announced
TBC: to be confirmed


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