The Chinese Super League (CSL) has signed its first broadcast deal in Germany, with Hamburg-based subscription TV channel Sportdigital acquiring the rights.
Beginning with the start of the CSL's 14th edition in March, Sportdigital will broadcast up to two games per week from the league. The first fixture to be aired under the deal will be between Shanghai Shenhua and Jiangsu Suning, two of the biggest-spending sides in the country. The match will feature the likes of Brazilian pair Ramires and Alex Teixeira, both of Jiangsu, taking on Shanghai's Carlos Tevez, who become the world's highest-paid soccer player when he joined from Boca Juniors in January.
China's top soccer division has made headlines across Europe over the past year for the vast amounts of money its clubs have spent on bringing in European talent, helping to dramatically raise the CSL's profile.
"We are very pleased that we can now give our viewers the opportunity to watch the Chinese Super League, which is currently the most talked about league in the world, exclusively on German television," said Gisbert Wundram, managing director of Sportdigital.