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New partners sign up as Infront unveils raft of rights deals

The Infront Sports & Media agency has sealed a host of broadcast deals across an array of summer and winter sports properties.

In the United States, NHL Network, the cable and satellite television channel of the North American ice hockey league, has signed up as a new partner for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships.

NHL Network will broadcast the World Championships from 2018 to 2020 across the United States, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

In Latvia, telecommunications company Lattelecom and LTV will provide full coverage of all games of the IIHF World Championships from 2018 to 2023 with free-to-air television channel LTV 7 and pay-television channel 360TV and a special ice hockey pop-up channel sharing the rights.

Lattelecom has also committed to become partner of the Champions Hockey League club competition from 2017-18 to 2022-23 and the 2017 Spengler Cup.

In Slovenia, public-service broadcaster RTV has acquired exclusive rights for the IIHF World Championship from 2018 to 2023, the Champions Hockey League until 2022-23 and the 2017 Spengler Cup.

Pay-television broadcaster Arena Sport has secured the rights to broadcast each of the aforementioned ice hockey properties across the same timeframes in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

In addition, Arena Sport has obtained broadcast rights for the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s World Cup and World Championships until the end of the 2017-18 season, as well as the World Curling Championships and the European Curling Championships until 2018.

Arena Sport has further secured rights to key Infront summer sports properties. Included in the package are the European Volleyball Confederation’s (CEV) European Championships until 2021, various CEV beach volleyball events also until 2021 and the International Triathlon Union’s World Triathlon Series until 2020.

Lattelecom and LTV have also signed contracts for the 2017-2021 CEV Beach Volleyball Championships and the 2020 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals.