The Hockey India League has ensured North American coverage of its inaugural season after signing up ONE World Sports as its exclusive broadcast rights holder for the U.S. and Canada.
ONE World Sports will air the daily matches of what is touted as 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 one-month season culminates in the championship match on Sunday, 10 February.
Sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation, 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 international players. The city franchises for the inaugural season are 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.