ESPN Star Sports to air Champions League in HD

ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has lined up a series of innovative and new features to create the presentation of the Champions League tournament that begins December 3, 2008 in India. One of the firsts includes a High Definition (HD) telecast of the championship, making it the first HD telecast for any sporting event in the Indian subcontinent.

Another first will be the use of as many as 34 cameras at each venue to cover all the matches – the highest number of cameras used to cover any multi venue cricket tournament to date. It will include many interesting angles like aerial views with Fly cameras, a boundary side field camera to showcase fielding and a new mid-wicket camera position to highlight running between the wickets that will deliver another new viewing dimension to viewers.

ESS has also been appointed the preferred bidder as the global television production partner for the Champions League 2020 tournament by Champions League 2020. The sports channel recently acquired global commercial rights of the league for a period of 10 years after a successful bid. ESS and Champions League 2020 are currently finalising the necessary long form agreement.

Manu Sawhney, managing director, ESPN Star Sports, said, “Champions League 2020 is the marquee global tournament where only the top Twenty20 club teams from top cricketing nations qualify to compete for the greatest honour, to be adjudged as the Champion of Champions. This World Championship therefore positions itself as a one of its kind international tournament.”

Lalit Modi, chairman, Champions League 2020, said, “We are very pleased to award the global production rights to ESS. We are confident that with many new innovative and unique features that ESS had planned for the inaugural Champions League 2020, fans across the globe can look forward to the most compelling and riveting action on television.”

James Sutherland, CEO, Cricket Australia, said, “With ESPN Star as our global production partner as well as the global commercial rights holder, we are confident that this fantastic new competition will be shown in a manner that will truly revolutionize the game of cricket.”

Gerald Majola, CEO, Cricket South Africa, said, “I am confident the high quality production and global broadcast of the Champions League 2020 will ignite the passion of cricket lovers the world over.”

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