Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Sport Scores Winter Games

Sky’s celebrating the first day of its revamped sport service with news of its latest rights deal, as the official broadcast partner of Winter Games NZ.

According to Winter Games NZ, the annual event showcases some of the world’s best winter sporting talent. This will be the seventh edition of the Games, taking place from August 23rd to September 7th 2019 in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby.

The Winter Games NZ is the premier winter sports event in the Southern Hemisphere and amongst the best in the world, with 26 snow and ice sports events at six venues over 17 action packed days. Full schedule and more info on athletes and events here.

Here’s the press release:

SKY SPORT AND WINTER GAMES NZ UNVEIL THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

Sky Sport  is proud to announce that it will be the Official Broadcast Partner of the Winter Games NZ in the lead up to the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The elite international winter sports event is celebrating 10 years of excellence in 2019, and in conjunction with Sky Sport will bring over four times as much content to New Zealand fans. The focus will be on live Broadcasts of the major ice and snow sports events and highlight shows of the 26 events being held across six venues over 17 action packed days.

The Games get underway on Friday August 23rd with a Parallel Slalom under lights at Coronet Peak in Queenstown,featuring top skiers from New Zealand and around the world. Each day Sky Sport and Winter Games NZ will be bringing fans the best of winter sports not only during the day on Sky Sport, but also via a dedicated highlights show in the evening.

“This partnership is a game changer for New Zealand winter sports fans and we are excited about working closely with SKY Sport over the next three years. Sky Sport are invested in becoming the Home of Winter Sports and promoting athletes and our event to the nation. Our venues love to host spectators, but if you can’t travel to Central Otago, or you want to replay the action what better way to get your winter sports fix than tuning in on Sky Sport”, said Marty Toomey, Winter Games NZ, CEO.

Sky Director of Sport, Tex Teixeira, says: “It’s exciting to announce this new three year partnership with Winter Games NZ to deliver Kiwi fans exceptional coverage of this great event. With our Kiwi athletes building towards the 2022 Winter Olympic Games there will no doubt be interest in the Winter Games NZ, and we’re excited to be a part of the athlete’s journeys as they work towards Beijing.”

New Zealand sports fans will be able to watch coverage of the Winter Games NZ via Sky Sport, Sky Sport Now and Sky Go (with a Sky Sport subscription). They’ll also be able to catch up on the action from Central Otago with highlights clips available on the Sky Sport Highlights app.

Sports fans without a Sky Sport subscription will be able to purchase a new weekly or monthly pass via SKY Sport Now. In addition there will be a new fan focused initiative, a Sky Sport News channel with daily news from New Zealand and around the world, live from August 1st, with local shows starting from September 2nd. The Winter Games NZ will feature on Sky Sport News with exclusive interviews and features to keep every keen sports fan ‘in the know’.

Details of Prime’s free-to-air coverage of the Winter Games NZ will be announced closer to the competition.

Sky Sport broadcast details will be released in the coming days.

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2 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Sport Scores Winter Games”

  1. Wasn’t this shown on TVNZ and Duke in previous years? I totally expected it to be ending up on Spark (c/- Latch) which needs more content to justify its price tag.

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