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EBU, ESPN secure IAAF world indoor tour rights

Deal includes sale and distribution rights for selected events over five years

The European Broadcasting Union and ESPN have signed a new deal to secure the sale and distribution of media rights for selected events in the IAAF World Indoor Tour (WIT) from 2018 to 2023.

It follows a deal announced in August covering the rights to IAAF events across Europe and Africa.

ESPN and the EBU will represent the global media rights (excluding each event’s host territory) to IAAF WIT events in Karslruhe, Dusseldorf and Torun, which are all due to take place in February 2018. Rights for the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow are also included in the agreement from 2019.

The EBU and ESPN will work together to represent the media rights in Europe and the rest of the world; across free to air, pay and digital media.

Director of EBU Sport Stefan Kürten said: “The World Indoor Tour Athletics is an exciting addition to our existing agreement with IAAF and ESPN. Athletics is enjoying incredible success across Europe at the moment with viewers able to enjoy over 2,300 hours of action from this year’s IAAF World Championships across our territories.”

Charly Classen, vice president and general manager, ESPN EMEA, added: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the IAAF and the EBU. These events in the World Indoor Tour are a great addition to the deal, and an excellent way for us to build on the solid foundations that began with the agreement we announced in August.”