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Sport1 extends Handball Bundesliga rights

German sports broadcaster Sport1 has agreed a four-year extension to its broadcast rights deal with the DKB Handball Bundesliga, Germany’s top handball league.

The agreement begins with the current 2012-13 season and runs until the 2016-17 campaign. It supersedes an existing deal which was set to run until the end of 2012-13. The contract includes the rights to all games from the Bundesliga and the broadcaster will provide live coverage of 100 games per season.

Free-to-air channel Sport1 will televise 66 games per season, and the other matches will be broadcast on pay-television channel Sport1+ and streamed live on the Sport1.de website.

Sport1’s live rights package also includes the season-opening Super Cup, games from the domestic cup competition, the Final Four event and the All Star Game.

Thilo Proff, chief executive of Sport1, said: “Since 1995, we have been a TV partner of the Handball Bundesliga and plan to further develop our media cooperation steadily in the coming seasons. With a clear focus on the top games of the week, we present to our viewers and the users the strongest league in the world in an attractive and competent format on our TV, online and mobile platforms.”

STORY UPDATED ON 27 SEPTEMBER 2012