The 2013 Women’s CEV Volleyball European Championship, to be co-hosted by Germany and Switzerland in September, will be broadcast by at least 28 television networks around the world, according to Infront Sports and Media, the Switzerland-based international sports agency that is distributing rights to the tournament.
Infront said most of the 28 channels are in Europe, but that the championship will also be aired in Africa (Al Jazeera), Asia (Fox Sports), Brazil (Bandsport), Mexico (Sky) and BeIN Sport (USA and Canada).
The agency said "additional negotiations" are under way in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Latin America.
The host broadcasters of the tournament, which runs from September 6 to 14, are Sport1, the dedicated sports broadcaster of German media group Constantin Medien, and SRG SSR, the public-service broadcaster in Switzerland.
Sport 1 will televise live all games of the German national team, as well as the semi-finals and finals, to be played in Berlin. Further matches will be available on its separate pay-per-view platform Sport 1+.
SRG will broadcast live all games of the Swiss national team.
Andre Meyer, president of the CEV, European volleyball's governing body, said: "We are evidently pleased with these outstanding figures that confirm the unique appeal of the European Championship and the interest shown by a worldwide audience in following the actions of Europe’s volleyball elite.
"I would like to thank our partner Infront Sports & Media for the good job they have done so far. CEV as well as the organisers are evidently grateful for the excellent assistance we receive in marketing our flagship competition."
In January, Infront extended its partnership with the CEV to 2021. Its deal to distribute the worldwide media rights to indoor volleyball's European Championships was due to expire this year, and while the renewed contract once again covered television, radio and new media rights, for the first time it also included international media rights for the CEV Beach Volleyball European Championships from 2014 as well as the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals in 2016 and 2020, the decisive qualifying competitions for the Olympic Games in those years.
Rights to the CEV Beach Volleyball European Championships are presently held by the Sportsman Media Group, the Munich-based agency, whose deal with the CEV expires this year.
Infront has been marketing the rights to European Championships since 1993 and the direct partnership with the CEV dates back to 2005.
It claimed that for the 2011 championships held in Austria-Czech Republic (men) and Italy-Serbia (women), contracts were sealed with more than 30 broadcasters airing approximately 1,200 hours of coverage in over 100 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.