CNOSF's Sport en France adds domestic ice hockey to offering
Sport en France, the nascent television channel of the CNOSF, the French Olympic Committee, has announced it will broadcast the Synerglace Ligue Magnus, the top domestic ice hockey league in France, in the 2020-21 season.
Sport en France's coverage will begin on 9 October, and it has committed to show 20 matches live.
The agreement with the FFHG, the French Ice Hockey Federation, also includes one World Championship warm-up for both the men's and women's national team and the final of the Coupe de France, the knock-out cup competition.
Luc Latte, president of the FFHG, said: "It is a historic partnership for our young federation which will allow ice hockey to benefit from strong media visibility and will allow fans to regularly follow the best matches of the championship live with free access."
In August 2019, the FFHG renewed its production and broadcast partnership with Fanseat, the live streaming operator, covering international and domestic matches to 2024.
For the first time, French ice hockey fans have been able to watch all games live and follow all the teams playing in the Synerglace Ligue Magnus with an automatic multi-angle camera system provided by PlaySight, a global sports technology company.
Sport en France, launched in partnership with Media 365, the Reworld Media-owned television and digital content agency, in May 2019, is available online and on the platforms of telecoms groups such as Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free, reaching around 19 million French homes.
Its aim is to give airtime to domestic sports that struggle for exposure such as the Ligue Butagaz Energie, the top women's handball league in France, and the top two basketball leagues, although L'Equipe now has first pick matches from the Jeep Elite league, in its portfolio.