The Rapid Solicitors Elite League have renewed their television deal with Premier Sports for the 2014-15 season, continuing the channel’s commitment to screen regular matches from Britain’s premier ice hockey competition.
This season’s exclusive deal with the subscription sports channel includes live matches throughout the season, including the playoff semi-finals for the first time, as well as the final.
Premier Sports took over the rights to screen the Elite Ice Hockey League at the beginning of the 2013/14 season from Sky Sports, with the new TV deal with ensuring regular weekly live coverage of the competition’s top games.
Aaron Murphy will return to lead the Premier Sports EIHL team each week, presenting and commentate on the Game of the Week every Saturday, where he will be joined by a different expert each week to add local flavour to broadcasts.
Tony Smith, the Elite League’s chairman, said: “It’s fantastic news that we have Premier Sports back with us for next season.
“Last season’s deal raised the profile of the sport and it was great to have such live television presence. The show was well supported by Elite League fans and well received – and we look forward to working with Premier Sports again.”
Richard Sweeney, CEO of Premier Sports, added: “We are delighted to confirm coverage for next season of the EIHL, which complements our NHL, IIHF and CHL coverage.
“It means over 550 games of ice hockey are shown every season from August through to June. It is also great news that the playoff semi-finals will be shown for the first time on television.
“We look forward to working hard with our production partner to further enhance the live shows and, with the launch of free HD streaming for Sky-platform Premier customers, it is exciting times ahead for UK hockey fans.”
Premier Sports has been running since 2010 and offers fans in the UK an opportunity to receive wall-to-wall coverage of variety of niche sporting events.
Its current portfolio is made up of over 1,000 live events per year and includes NRL and Four Nations rugby league, as well as regular ice hockey, motorsport, GAA and South American football.
Premier Sports’ renewed deal with the EIHL follows the broadcaster’s recent deal for exclusively live coverage of the newly formed Champions Hockey League, of which it will screen up to 25 live games from the group stages to the final.
The Nottingham Panthers will represent the UK’s EIHL and Premier Sports will have live coverage of all six of their group stage games against Hamburg of Germany, Lukko Rauma of Finland and Lulea of Sweden.
Alongside CHL and EIHL, Premier Sports is also the exclusive home of the NHL and IIHF international hockey events.
Premier Sports has offered a promo code for new subscribers for ice hockey via Sky who are yet to subscribe to the channel.
For those with Sky they can get their first 2 months for only £5, with no connection fee, to allow them to watch EIHL, NHL, the new Champions Hockey League and the IIHF World Championship – use the code EIHL2014.
The promo code is valid until the end of August 2014 (terms and conditions apply). Visit premiersports.tv for more information.
Virgin customers can subscribe for £7.99 per month, directly via the platform.