Three-year deal features Bangladesh home International cricket matches against top-tier international teams including India, Pakistan, England and Australia, among others
ESPN and Nimbus Sport International (NSI) have reached a multiyear rights deal for exclusive live coverage of all Bangladesh home International cricket matches on ESPN360.com. The three-year agreement will give fans in the U.S. access to the games for the remainder of this season through March 2012.
“Bangladesh cricket presents a great opportunity to give the U.S. exposure to one of the most popular international sports scenes,” said Damon Phillips, vice president, ESPN360.com. “The addition of cricket to our programming line-up represents the depth of ESPN360.com’s sports coverage from around the world. We look forward to bringing the excitement and passion of cricket to veteran fans while also introducing this dynamic sport to new audiences.”
Yannick Colaco, COO Nimbus Sport, said “We are pleased to welcome ESPN360.com to our global family of licensees for BCB cricket. With its presence in over 50 million U.S. broadband homes, ESPN360.com provides Bangladesh cricket an ideal platform in the USA with which its profile can continue to grow.”
The Bangladesh home International schedule features match-ups against some of the world’s best cricket clubs, including India and former Asia Cup champions Pakistan. The current schedule:
|Jan 4-13, 2010||Tri-Series vs. India & Sri Lanka|
|Jan 17-28, 2010||vs. India|
|Feb 28-Mar 24, 2010||vs. England|
|Oct 2010||vs. New Zealand|
|Dec 2010-Jan 2011||vs. Zimbabwe|
|Apr-May 2011||vs. Australia|
|Oct 2011||vs. West Indies|
|Dec 2011||vs. Pakistan|
|Mar 2012||vs. Sri Lanka|
In-depth pre- and post-coverage following the Bangladesh cricket schedule will be available on ESPNcricinfo.com.
ESPN360.com is ESPN’s live sports broadband network, giving fans a 24/7 online destination that delivers more than 3,500 live, global sports events annually. It is available at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider. ESPN360.com is currently available in more than 50 million homes – two-thirds of U.S. broadband homes. It is available via dozens of Internet Service Providers of all sizes nationwide, including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Cox, Charter, RCN, Windstream, Insight, Frontier, Cavalier, Mediacom, Conway, Grande Communications and many more. It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
About Nimbus Sport
Singapore headquartered, Nimbus Sport International Pte. Ltd. (100% subsidiary of Nimbus Communications Limited) is a leading full service sports management company providing end to end solutions including rights management, television production, sponsorship sales, event management and sponsor services.
Nimbus Sport currently manages various commercial rights (on long term contracts) for a number of global sports federations including the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board), Bangladesh Cricket Board, Cricket Kenya, ACC and the English Premier League (digital/new media rights).
Nimbus Sport has in the past managed the media and sponsorship rights of the ICC Cricket World Cup and other ICC events. As a globally reputed production company for live match coverage, Nimbus Sport has produced live coverage and / or managed rights in 9 of the 10 Test Cricket Playing Nations.