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Spark picks up FIH rights in New Zealand

New Zealand telco Spark has signed a four-year rights agreement with the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

The deal will run from 2019 to 2022, granting Spark Sport rights to tournaments such as the Hockey World Cup, the FIH Pro League and Olympic Qualifiers.

The rights cover both men’s and women’s competitions and include all matches played by the New Zealand national teams.

The deal also names Spark Sport as the host broadcaster for all FIH Pro League matches played in New Zealand.

FIH chief executive Thierry Weil said: “This new partnership will give hockey more exposure than ever in New Zealand, thus substantially contributing to the development of the game, which is FIH’s number one mission.”