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Infront scores US rights deal for Champions Hockey League

North American pay-television broadcaster One World Sports has agreed a three-year deal for the rights to new pan-European club ice hockey competition the Champions Hockey League.

Under the agreement brokered by the Infront Sports & Media agency, the exclusive commercial partner of the CHL, One World Sports will hold exclusive rights for the US market from the launch of the competition in August, through to 2017.

Included are the rights for multiple platforms including terrestrial, cable, broadband internet and mobile on a free and/or pay basis.

Bruno Marty, Infront’s executive director of winter sports, said: “This is a major agreement for the Champions Hockey League as it demonstrates the favourable perception and appeal of the tournament beyond Europe. With broadcast coverage ensured in the USA, pan-European club ice hockey positions itself strongly in one of the most powerful markets for the sport.”