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Hockey India signs multi-year broadcast deal with ESPN Star Sports

Hockey India has entered into a multi-year broadcast agreement with ESPN Star Sports to exclusively broadcast the soon-to-be-launched Hockey India League.

ESPN Star Sports will also cover all international hockey test matches under Hockey India to be played in India for the next five years.

The league will kick off in January 2013 and will comprise at least six franchise hockey teams and will feature 33 hockey matches to be played in prime time across the country. All teams will play each other on a home and away basis (30 league matches) followed by 2 semi-finals and the final.

Hockey India secretary general and chairman Narinder Batra said: "We are delighted to have ESPN Star Sports as our broadcast partners. Hockey India has a clear visio - we want to revive the glory days of hockey in India and drive popularity of the game across the country. This partnership with ESPN STAR Sports will play a key role in our overall plans."

Peter Hutton, MD of ESPN Star Sports, added: "Hockey is close to our heart and we will drive all our efforts to make this league a success.

"We are also delighted to have all international hockey test matches under Hockey India to be played in India on our networks for a five-year period. I look forward to some memorable occasions and a new era for Indian hockey."

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