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LeSports Signs Exclusive Rights To FA Cup

(Hong Kong) LeSports has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights for the Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) for the next three seasons, from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019. This news comes just two weeks after LeSports announced it had been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights for the Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL). LeSports will be broadcasting the last seven matches of this season’s FA Cup to Le VIP members for free. It is the first time in Hong Kong for the live broadcasting of sporting events acquired by an Internet company, leading the sports industry into a new era. The FA Cup began way back in 1871, making it one of the oldest football competitions in the world. The competition is invariably full of surprises, with many top-tier Premier League clubs being knocked out by teams in lower leagues, for example Reading won a place in quarter-finals and is going to play against Crystal Palace.

Yizhong Cheng, CEO of LeSports Hong Kong is very excited about the expansion of of LeSports content in Hong Kong. As a football fan himself, he is thrilled to be able to watch the FA Cup finals for free. In Mainland China, LeSports boasts more than 300 copyrights of major league and sport events, encompassing more than 30,000 matches and occasions including Lega Series A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Major League Baseball, F1, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, WTA and ATP World Tours, among many other exciting events. Mr Cheng says he wants to bring other sporting events to Hong Kong viewing audiences, so that they can experience the explosive force of the LeSports Ecosystem.

Le VIP members are now able to enjoy the last seven FA Cup matches of season 2015/2016 for free via Le TV Box(4K), Super TV and Le Superphone. The LIVE desktop on Superphone can play three different matches at the same time so that football fans will not miss any important games. LeSports will further enrich audiences’ viewing experience by making use of multiple signals, multiple games, multiple devices, multiple commentary languages and multiple interaction experiences. Meanwhile, to ensure the ultimate real-time viewing experience for users, LeCloud has already established 650 Content Delivery Network (CDN) nodes globally, covering five continents, and more than 60 countries and regions. As well as worldwide coverage, viewers get to enjoy a high-speed experience with 15Tbps bandwidth.

The 145-year-old FA Cup is an annual knockout football competition, which is open to any eligible club playing in the English football league system, including 92 professional clubs in the Premier League, The Championship, League One and League Two. The exciting quarterfinal matches will begin on Saturday, 12 March, and the first match will be Reading vs Crystal Palace.

Eight interesting facts about FA Cup:

  1. FA Cup results are always unpredictable; for example in 1987 Coventry City came out as winner. In 1988, it was Wimbledon, and Borough in 2013. They all won the FA Cup by defeating much stronger clubs.

  2. The total prize money for this year FA Cup is £ 15,132,000. The FA Cup winner will take home £ 1,800,000; the first runner-up will collect £ 900,000; and clubs that make the quarter-finals will each get £180,000.

  3. Reading is the only non-Premier League club to make the quarterfinals in this year’s competition. The club made the semi-final in 2015, but like Crystal Palace, they were unable to take home the FA Cup.

  4. The last time Watford made a FA Cup final was in 1984; however, it was defeated by Everton.

  5. Manchester United has not won the FA Cup since 2007, in that time, it has made the final, but lost to Chelsea.

  6. Chelsea and Arsenal have won the FA Cup five times each since 2000, Arsenal was the FA Cup champion in 2014 and 2015.

  7. Arsenal has won the FA Cup 12 times, holding the record for the club with the most FA Cup wins.

  8. Marcus Rashford, a rising star with Manchester United, scored two goals in an FA Cup last-16 match against Shrewsbury Town. He scored another two goals during a Premier League game against Arsenal. After these games, his contract was extended immediately with a 10-fold increase in salary.