FALLS CHURCH, VA – The VELUX EHF Champions League makes its U.S. television debut on MHz Worldview Saturday, October 9.
The broadcast premiere of the VELUX EHF Champions League this weekend is the first of nearly 20 matches in the world’s most prestigious club handball competition between now and the Final Four (May 28-29, 2011 in Cologne, Germany).
MHz Networks and EHF Marketing GmbH have reached an historic agreement with the European Handball Federation to provide “Match of the Week” coverage of games to nearly 34 million households throughout the U.S.
MHz Worldview will air VELUX EHF Champions League matches at 4 PM ET on Saturdays and Sundays during the season.
All of the world’s top players and clubs will be featured including defending champions THW Kiel (Germany), FC Barcelona Borges (Spain), HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb (Croatia) and Chekhovski Medvedi (Russia).
EHF Marketing GmbH is the marketing arm and daughter-company of the European Handball Federation. The agency works closely with marketing and media partners, as well as with Europe’s leading clubs to realize the full potential of the sport on the international sports market. EHF Marketing GmbH is responsible for the marketing and media rights of the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League and the EHF Women’s Champions League.
Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, Peter Vargo said: “We are delighted to be able to sign a TV agreement in the United States, which will enable us to showcase the high-scoring excitement of handball to this major market. We’re sure that the American viewing public will love watching the stars of the sport playing in the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League.”
The content partnership was facilitated in part by USA Team Handball. The U.S. Federation has been actively seeking television exposure for the sport as part of its long-term plan to grow handball in North America.
USA Team Handball (www.usateamhandball.org) is a 501-c-3 corporation headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and certified by the United States Olympic Committee. Its jurisdiction includes development of grassroots programs, preparation of national teams and day-to-day oversight of the sport of handball throughout the USA.
“America will be able to watch some of Europe’s greatest stars every week,” said USA Team Handball general manager Steve Pastorino. “We are drawn to exceptional athletes, and players like Nikola Karabatic (Montpellier AG), Ivano Balic (Zagreb) and Slawomir Szmal (Rhein Neckar Lowen) who are going to help handball carve out its niche in the American sports landscape.”
“This is a perfect partnership.” said Frederick Thomas, MHz Networks Chief Executive, “Handball has an intense global following and we know our viewers will certainly appreciate having access to the VELUX EHF action alongside our additional sports line-ups, and our other direct from the source global content including news, series, cinema, music and more.”
VELUX EHF Champions League on MHz Worldview is available in over half of America’s top 20 television markets through its network of national broadcast and cable affiliates, MHz Worldview is available in: Los Angeles/San Bernardino- KVCR; Chicago, IL- WYCC; San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Philadelphia, PA- MiND TV (WYBE); Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, OH- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL- WCEU; Charlotte, NC- WTVI; Nashville, TN- WNPT; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo/Beaver Creek, MI- WGVU; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- Vegas PBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Plattsburgh, NY- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Moline, IL (Quad Cities)- WQPT; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Rochester-Austin, MN- KSMQ; Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ; St.Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable.
EHF Champions League can also be viewed nationwide on MHz Worldview via DirecTV, Galaxy 19 satellite channel 949 and also on MHz Network’s on-demand channel on the family of Roku digital video players.
To find out how to watch where you live, visit: www.mhznetworks.org/mhzworldview/carriage/.
English-language commentary will be provided on all games by Ireland National Team coach Tom O’Brannagain. Underwriting will be provided by partners in a joint effort between MHz Networks and USA Team Handball.
2010 Broadcast Schedule (All games at 4 pm ET)
Oct. 9 MKB Veszprem (Hungary) - Montpellier Agglomeration HB (France)
Oct. 17 KS Vive Targi Kielce (Poland) - Rhein Neckar Löwen (Germany)
Nov. 21 SG Flensburg-Handewitt (Germany) - HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb
Nov. 28 Szeged (Hungary) - Chekhovskie Medvedi (Russia)
OR HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb - SG Flensburg – Handewitt
Dec. 5 FC Barcelona (Spain) - THW Kiel (Germany)
• 2011 scheduled TBA,
• EHF Final Four scheduled for May 28-29, 2011,
• A full match schedule of live matches can be found at ehfTV.com,
• Match of the Week schedule may be subject to change.
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