US governing body snaps up Ski World Championships rights

The US Ski and Snowboard governing body has acquired media rights in the US for the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Alpine and Nordic Ski World Championships.

Under the deal, the governing body will distribute rights in the US across television, online, mobile and radio platforms.

The governing body struck the deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) consortium of free-to-air broadcasters, which is responsible for global distribution of the rights for the two events on behalf of the FIS, the global governing body of skiing.

As part of the agreement, the governing body has appointed Eurovision, the production division of the EBU, to produce coverage of two FIS World Cup events in Vail/Beaver Creek ahead of the 2015 Alpine Ski World Championships, which will also take place in the Colorado resort in the US.

Eurovision will act as the host broadcaster for the 2015 Alpine Ski World Championships.

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