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FanCode bags media rights to Caribbean Premier League 2023

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India’s sports-focused live-streaming platform, FanCode has acquired the digital rights to the 11th season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The contest will start on August 17 and last until September 25. The Women’s Caribbean Premier League (WCPL), which takes place from September 1 to September 11, will also be broadcast live on the platform.

Indian batter Ambati Rayudu will also be playing in the CPL for St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, while Shreyanka Patil will compete for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the WCPL. Cricket enthusiasts can follow all the action on FanCode’s mobile apps (Android, iOS), TV apps (available on Android TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Jio STB, Samsung TV, Airtel XStream, OTT Play, WatchO, and www.fancode.com), and website (available on both Android and iOS).

The first season of the CPL, one of the oldest T20 cricket leagues in the world, was played in 2013. The annual league has some of the greatest stars in the sport, and this year won’t be any different. Some of the players participating are Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Faf du Plessis, Alex Hales, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine.

A total of 34 games will be played in the CPL 2023 among six teams. The teams are St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, Barbados Royals, Saint Lucia Kings, and Jamaica Tallawahs. A few games will start around 7:30 PM IST to accommodate Indian viewers. This year’s competition will be held in Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados, Trinidad, and Guyana, among other locations. Additionally, the WCPL is back and will last longer with more players.

Pete Russell, CEO, CPL, said, “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with FanCode in India for the fourth consecutive year. Through this partnership, we continue to reach the large cricket loving audiences in India and this year we look forward to welcoming Indian players Ambati Rayudu and Shreyanka Patil to the fold. Every year CPL is breaking new records of viewership and this year we hope to continue the trend.”

Yannick Colaco, Co-Founder, FanCode, said, “Our partnership with CPL has grown from strength to strength and we are delighted to be bringing all the cricket action from the Carribean once again to fans in India. This year’s CPL promises to be bigger and better, with some of the top stars from both women’s and men’s games featuring.”

The CPL is being streamed on FanCode for the fourth year in a row. CPL is one of the most well-liked leagues around the globe and is quite well-liked in India. A record-breaking 721.8 million people watched the whole CPL 2022 season, setting a new high for the competition. The competition attracted more than half a billion viewers for the third year in a row, making it the second most-viewed T20 League in the globe.

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Anniversary: PUNCHERS perfect winning strategies as Agali opens Media Amalgamated training

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With just eight more days before the kick-off of the highly anticipated novelty match between The PUNCHERS and Media Amalgamated team as part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of The PUNCH, The PUNCHERS worked on their winning strategies on Friday at the Mountain Top University, Magboro, Ogun State.

 

The PUNCHERS go up against Media Amalgamated, a select group of journalists from Tribune, Nation, Vanguard, ThisDay, Leadership, Telegraph and The Guardian newspapers at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos February 24.

 

The highly anticipated and potentially explosive novelty match marks the commencement of an array of epoch-making activities for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s most-read newspaper.

 

In the second training session held at the team’s home ground, Mountain Top University, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the PUNCHERS, with 31 players from different departments of the company and coaches by AFCON 1992 bronze medallist, Friday Ekpo, intensified training ahead of the clash.

PUNCHERS’ veteran midfielder, Godspower Otor, said along with his teammates, they would concentrate on training and do their talking on the pitch.

“I read what one of our opponents said that they would flog us and I just laughed,” he said.

 

“We will allow them do their talkings in the media while we focus on training and allow the results to do justice. We are focused and training hard, our coach Friday Ekpo is not leaving any stone unturned as he ensures we get our movements and tactics right.

Friday’s training focused on our strategy, which we will perfect before the game day and I am sure we will be ready for the encounter.”

 

The PUNCHERS will have their third training on Saturday (today) as they intensify preparations for the novelty game against Media Amalgamated.

 

Former Super Eagles forward and bronze medallist at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, Victor Agali, has been handed the task of coaching the Media Amalgamated team, who have their first training session today at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos.

 

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Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria: How to watch Africa Cup of Nations, TV channel and live stream

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The Africa Cup of Nations will see a true heavyweight clash as hosts Ivory Coast take on Nigeria in Group A.

Back on Saturday, Les Éléphants started AFCON off well, notching a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in the tournament’s opening match.

However, one day later the Super Eagles were stunned by Equatorial Guinea, and needed a Victor Osimhen goal to come back for a 1-1 draw.

That leaves Nigeria in need of a result — and possibly even a win — to avoid a must-win situation during the final round of group-stage matches. A loss would leave a star-studded side on the brink of elimination.

For Ivory Coast, meanwhile, a win would guarantee a place in the knockout stages, and a draw in Group A’s other match would secure the top spot in the section.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria (AFCON)
When: Thursday, Jan. 18
Where: Olympic Stadium of Ebimpé (Ivory Coast)
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Channel/streaming: beIN SPORTS, Fubo

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Elegbeleye: NPFL Broadcast Rights still Available, No Exclusivity

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Companies seeking to acquire Broadcast rights of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) have been invited to approach the league body with offers for negotiation.

Chairman of the NPFL, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye on Wednesday clarified that the adopted marketing approach of the board is for non-exclusivity which has not foreclosed the signing up of more rights holders.

Elegbeleye described as shocking, claims by an individual alleging that there was an offer for $11m dollars to the NPFL for the rights before the StarTimes deal was executed.

“For the avoidance of doubt and for public records, the NPFL and StarTimes deal took months to conclude and all through the duration of our negotiations, nobody approached us with any offer”, explained the NPFL Chairman.

He further narrated efforts of the defunct Interim Management Committee (IMC) to attract a Broadcast partner including getting the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to broker a meeting with Supersport which at the end didn’t express interest in taking up the offer.

“The NPFL has an office in Abuja and the facilitator of the said $11m offer knows this place and has contacts of the NFF President. We are still very much open to negotiating as our deal with StarTimes provides for a third-party investor. 

“Let the person please come to our office or to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) because we are still open for more partnerships in the Broadcast space”.

The NPFL boss explained that the unbundling of the broadcast bouquet has made it possible to accommodate multiple partners

“It is obvious that we have unbundled the broadcast products and segmented the number of matches any rights owner can show every matchday. So there is still a window to accommodate genuine interests in our league broadcast partnership”, declared Elegbeleye, who also is the NFF’s Second Vice President.

Faulting claims that the League fail foul of the Public Procurement Act which governs sales of government assets in the country, the former member of the Federal House of Representatives, said, “The NPFL is incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and is not captured in government funding.

“We do not receive funding from the Government but run our programme from money generated through sponsorships and we operate a transparent system that accounts for sponsors/investors’ funds to maintain the integrity of the league.

“In any case, we have made sufficient noise right from the inception of the IMC and we were able to have the very successful Super 6 on television, so there’s no person in the industry who is not aware that the League hasn’t been on television for the past six years. Where were they”? he retorted.

So far, the NPFL has secured two Broadcast Partners in Propel Sports Africa (PSA) for the Over The Top (OTT) platform and StarTimes for the Direct To Home (DTH) cable platform.

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