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Eurosport to screen Champions League Twenty20

14 September 2009 | Posted in Broadcast, Cricket | By Michael Long

Eurosport and ESPN Star Sports have signed an agreement that will give the European broadcaster exclusive UK broadcast rights to October's Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India.

"We are delighted to bring world-class cricket to British Eurosport with this brand new and eagerly-awaited event," said British Eurosport director David Kerr. "Twenty20 has taken the game to new audiences and the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 will provide another star-studded fortnight with the best players and teams in the world competing in front of massive crowds for the title of world champions.

"These prestigious rights represent another major step forward for Eurosport in the UK. Following the acquisition of the US PGA Tour, Golden League Athletics and GP2 series, our UK offer gets stronger and stronger for British audiences and we look forward to welcoming yet more new viewers to the channel."

ESPN Star Sports managing director Manu Sawhney added: "We are extremely pleased to partner with British Eurosport for the inaugural Airtel Champions League Twenty20 and are delighted to be working with them to serve cricket fans across the United Kingdom. Matching the prestige of the tournament, we are committed to produce and present this global property in the most entertaining and engaging manner to audiences around the world."

The competition, title-sponsored by Airtel, will feature teams from India (Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Bangalore Royal Challengers), England (Somerset and Sussex), Australia (New South Wales Blues and Victorian Bushrangers), Sri Lanka (Wayamba), South Africa (Cape Cobras and Diamond Eagles), New Zealand (Otago Volts) and West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago). 

Eurosport will broadcast the competition on television, online and mobile platforms.

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