Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 1
Baku 2015 European Games is today delighted to announce its first international broadcast agreement, with leading Turkish sports channel NTV Spor.
The agreement will see NTV Spor broadcast the inaugural European Games across the whole of Turkey, enabling sports fans to enjoy live coverage of all 17 days of competition next summer, Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee told Trend.
NTV Spor will provide seven hours of Games coverage per day across television, internet and mobile platforms, with the majority being broadcast live. Live coverage of the Opening and Closing ceremonies will also be shown, in addition to making highlight packages available.
"I am very pleased to announce our first international broadcast agreement, which will offer millions of Turkish fans the opportunity to enjoy live coverage of the inaugural European Games," Mr Simon Clegg, Chief Operating Officer of Baku 2015, said.
"Working alongside International Sports Broadcasting, our host broadcaster, NTV Spor will ensure comprehensive broadcasting across a range of media platforms that will be of huge benefit to viewers."
NTV Spor, broadcaster of many major sports events in Turkey, are dedicated to providing high quality coverage of every sport at the European Games.
"We are looking forward to working with International Sports Broadcasting and Baku 2015 to provide sports fans across Turkey with a dedicated broadcast service for the European Games," Mr Fuat Akdağ, Sports Group President at Doğus Media Group, said.
"This deal reflects not only the continued interest in multi-sport events in Turkey, but also shows that they remain a strong product for international broadcasters."
"This agreement will unite supporters across Turkey and enable the whole nation to support our athletes selected to compete at the first European Games," Ms Neşe Gündoğan, Secretary General of the Turkish Olympic Committee, added.
"We have always had a strong and friendly relationship with our close neighbour Azerbaijan, and this deal will reinforce this historic relationship."
NTV Spor is owned by Doğus Media Group, a part of one of the biggest media conglomerates of Turkey.
International Sports Broadcasting (ISB) will provide more than 800 hours of live, state-of-the-art production for the duration of the Games.
Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which will take place from 12 - 28 June 2015.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
Nine of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio Summer Olympic Games in 2016. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon and Volleyball.
Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.