Sky Sports secures Chinese Super League rights

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Sky Sports has added another competition to its portfolio of live football rights with a three-year deal to screen regular live games from the Ping An Chinese Super League.


Featuring a number of names familiar to Premier League fans, the CSL has attracted the likes of former Chelsea midfielder Ramires joined by Obafemi Martins – once of Newcastle United – Gervinho, who played for Arsenal, and recent signing from Southampton Graziano Pelle.

Many CSL clubs have been paying huge transfer fees to lure some of the biggest names in the world to Asia to play in one of the sport’s most rapidly-growing leagues.

The first match to be shown on Sky Sports will be on Saturday, July 30, which could see former Newcastle United forward Martins in action when Shanghai Greenland Shenhua face Jiangsu Suning.

Then on Sunday, Guangzhou R&F take on ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson’s side Shanghai SIPG, with both games shown on Sky Sports 3 from 12.30pm.

The CSL runs from March to November with 16 teams competing for the title and Sky Sports will show the action live through to 2018.

Sky’s live CSL deal marks the first time that Chinese football has been broadcast to UK audiences since Channel 4’s late-night coverage of the country’s top flight in the mid-1990’s. 

“This is more great news for football fans as we get set for our biggest ever season on Sky Sports,” said Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes said.

“The Ping An Chinese Super League is attracting players from Europe and is creating a really exciting competition that will only add to an incredible line-up of live football on Sky Sports.”

The CSL adds to Sky Sports’ live football offering, which includes 126 Premier League games for the next three season, including regular Friday nights for the first time. 

Sky Sports is also the home of the English Football League, with 127 live games, as well as showing more than 300 matches from Spain’s La Liga, the return of Old Firm games in Scotland, and FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Opening Chinese Super League fixtures on Sky Sports

Shanghai Shenhua v Jiangsu Suning
Saturday 30th July

12:30

Guangzhou R&F v Shanghai SIPG
Sunday 31st July

12:30

Shanghai Shenhua v Guangzhou ET
Saturday 13th August

12:30

Hebei China Fortune v Liaoning
Sunday 14th August

12:30

 

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