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FIC To Simulcast Bundelsiga Match On Fox And Fox Sports

FOX International Channels (FIC) and DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) have announced today to showcase the season kick-off match between FC Bayern München and Hamburger SV on August 14th with a simulcast TV event. In a global first, live coverage of this match will not only be available on FOX Sports (the no. 1 sports TV network), but will broadcast at the same time on the main FOX entertainment channel in North and South America, multiple countries in Asia and key European football markets, Italy and The Netherlands. This will make the Bundesliga available to a much larger (non-sports) audience worldwide.

The simultaneous broadcast marks the debut of FOX Sports as Bundesliga’s global broadcasting partner from the 2015-16 season. The inaugural match will air live on FOX Sports, as on FOX, FX, Film Zone and Cinecanal in Latin America; FOX and FX in Brazil; the FOX channels in Asia as well as FOX Netherlands and FOX Italy. In the U.S., the first match will be offered in a special telecast on FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Sports 2, and via FOX Sports’ YouTube channel also including the pregame, which means an exceptional coverage for an European football league in this market. In fact, the debut of FOX Sports as the U.S. home expands its domestic coverage to unprecedented level with more than 300 regular-season matches scheduled for live television or streaming in the U.S. for the first time ever, more than double past years, including 58 slated for FOX Sports 1.

At the same time, Bundesliga Legends will travel to cities across the world to help kick off the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Bundesliga season as well as the partnership with its new broadcast partner FOX International Channels for the 2015 Bundesliga Legends Tour. From August 11 to August 16, 2015, former Bundesliga players Jens Lehmann and Lothar Matthäus will be visiting New York City, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to celebrate the start of the 2015-16 season.

“The Bundesliga Legends Tour 2015, gives us the opportunity to bring the Bundesliga closer to our fans globally and support our partner FOX with the kick off of their 2015-16 season coverage by bringing Bundesliga icons to FOX studios around the globe,” said Christian Seifert, CEO Bundesliga. “We are pleased to embark on a journey with such an important, global-scale partner that provides German football even more opportunities for worldwide exposure. The partnership with FOX confirms the international importance of the Bundesliga and its continuous international growth.”

The deal between the Bundesliga and FOX runs for a five-year term in Asia, Latin America and the US, and a two-year term in Italy and The Netherlands, spanning throughout 80 countries and territories on four continents. It includes rights to all 306 Bundesliga matches each season, as well as the German Supercup and the Bundesliga Relegation Playoffs. In addition, FOX holds digital distribution rights, including the ability to make DFL content available through new and existing authenticated online television services, as well as on mobile devices in the contracted territories.

“Bundesliga is one of the greatest football leagues in the world. It features exciting high quality football, plenty of goals, great stadiums full of passionate fans, and excellent production standards on-screen” said Simon Thomas, Executive Vice President of Global Sports and Content Sales for FOX International Channels (FIC). "We want to showcase that to the biggest audience possible, and play our part in growing the popularity and profile of the Bundesliga worldwide through our extensive global platform of sports channels and commitment to innovative marketing".

“With FOX and FOX SPORTS, we have the #1 entertainment channel in the world as well as the #1 sports channel in the world. We are excited to use the power of both those platforms to bring the Bundesliga to world in a big, exciting way,” said Liz Dolan, FIC’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This is the first time that a single broadcaster will showcase the opening match of a football season in such a way. It shows the power of FOX and our commitment to the Bundesliga for the long-term worldwide.”

Source: Fox Sports