BT Sport has agreed a two-year partnership with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) which will see the UK pay-TV broadcaster cover various flagship field hockey events.
The network’s channels will show more than 700 hours of live hockey in total, including coverage of next summer’s 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup in England and the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup next winter in India.
The deal also includes the men’s and women’s 2017 FIH Hockey World League semi-finals and finals, which features the best international hockey teams from around the globe.
“I’m really excited that BT Sport is now the home of international hockey for men and women, including the prestigious World Cups,” said Simon Green, head of BT Sport. “Hockey continues to grow and has done so ever since the women’s Team GB team won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics.
“This will help build on the popularity of the sport and give the UK viewers a chance to cheer on the home nations represented at the World Cup and hopefully see more medals won, exclusively live on BT Sport.”
Andy Oram, the FIH’s TV and broadcast director, added: “BT Sport were first to believe and commit to the hockey revolution, long before the success in Rio and we are delighted to continue our relationship and vision with them.
“Their world class production of the Hockey Champions Trophies in London last year introduced ground-breaking innovations for our sport and has set some very high standards as we move towards our World Cups in 2018. As host broadcaster for the upcoming international events in London we look forward to working with them to make BT Sport the exclusive ‘Home of Hockey’ in the UK and Ireland.”