New York, NY (PRWEB) January 11, 2013
ONE World Sports, the sports network with live, world-class competitions from around the globe, announced exclusive North American coverage of the inaugural season of the Hockey India League.
Beginning Monday, January 14th, ONE World Sports will air the daily matches of the world’s top professional men’s field hockey league comprising five India-based franchises with an international mix of the world’s best players. The high-intensity one-month season culminates in the championship match on Sunday, February 10th.
Sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation, the Hockey India League (HIL) was created to provide a 30-day window at the beginning of the year to engage the world’s top players in a condensed tournament. Each HIL franchise carries a total of 24 players -- 14 from India and 10 of the best field hockey players from throughout the world, many having represented their countries in the 2012 London Olympics. The franchise cities span India: Delhi (Delhi Wave Riders); Mumbai (Mumbai Magicians); Mohali (Punjab Warriors); Ranchi (Ranchi Rhinos); and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh Wizards).
The entire 34-game season will be carried live and exclusively on ONE World Sports. Most games air live at 9:30AM ET, with a repeat airing for convenient viewing in primetime. The full series will be available on two platforms: ONE World Sports’ television channel, which is distributed by multiple platform video distributors; and on broadband for sports fans outside ONE World Sports’ distribution markets -- thus making the HIL available to virtually all households in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India and Chairman Hockey India League, stated: “We are very pleased to be available live throughout the USA and Canada, thanks to ONE World Sports. Our teams are composed of the finest field hockey players in the world, and ONE World Sports is committed to delivering live coverage of important, popular sports from around the globe.”
“Field Hockey has a rich tradition around the world and is truly a global sport as evidenced by the breadth of world-class players in this new league,” commented Alexander Brown, President and CEO of ONE World Sports. “We are proud to introduce the HIL on our network. It is another solid example of the type of quality global sports programming we deliver.”
Introduced in the Olympics in 1908, field hockey appeals to many athletes throughout the world as a team sport requiring the ultimate athleticism of speed, skill and endurance. There are 1.3 million field hockey players in the United States alone, with an impressive annual growth rate of more 21% and a strong appeal to women players.
Among the best-known field hockey players participating in the HIL are: the three-time International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Player of the Year, Teun de Nooijer of the Netherlands who has played in four Olympics and boasts two gold and two silver medals; Jamie Dwyer, captain of the Australian team; Moritz Furste of Germany, FIH World Player of the Year in 2012; and Floris Evers of the Netherlands. India’s star midfielder Sardar Singh leads a strong contingent of players from the host country. Singh, Dwyer and de Nooijer have been named brand ambassadors for the league.
ONE World Sports Network can be seen in the New York metropolitan area on Cablevision’s Optimum TV channel 1159 and nationwide on DISH channels 646 and 9794. For a complete schedule of the games and more information on broadband availability, go to http://www.oneworldsports.com.
About ONE World Sports
ONE World Sports is an English-language global sports network delivering exclusive, live, world-class competitions from around the world. ONE World Sports fulfills U.S. sports fans’ passion for premier match-ups of their favorite sports with more than 2,200 hours of unduplicated sports programming annually. Programming includes live and same day action of league, championship and qualification competitions in soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, table tennis, badminton and more. The network is available on The Dish Network and Optimum TV from Cablevision System Corporation.
ONE World Sports, owned and operated by privately owned, Dallas/Ft. Worth-based ONE Media Corp., is headquartered in New York City. The company also owns and operates ONE CONNXT, a global HD/SD broadcast video transport services provider; America ONE Television, a general entertainment and sports broadcast network; and America ONE Sports, a leading provider of live broadband sports. To learn more about ONE World Sports, go to http://www.ONEWorldSports.com.
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