BBC, ESPN secure deal for online Cricket WC highlights
The BBC and ESPN have secured fouryear deals to show on-demand Cricket World Cup highlights. The innovative UK digital rights deal with cricket's international governing body covers major events including the 2019 World Cup, which will be hosted by England and Wales.
The deal with the International Cricket Council will see the BBC Sport and ESPN websites show video clips, end-of-day roundups and digital preview programming for a string of events over the next four years including the World Twenty20 competition.
"We're very pleased to announce this new agreement with the ICC, which is all about freeto-air accessibility and bringing the best of cricket to as wide an audience as possible across the UK," said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport. "The online rights will complement our live radio commentary portfolio and popular online offering, giving UK audiences video of the best of the action wherever they are."
The BBC has a host of cricket radio rights, including Test Match Special commentaryand text coverage online, but no TV rights.
The deal will allow the BBC and ESPN to show video clips of up to six minutes an hour.
"We are extremely proud of our coverage of international and domestic cricket, and are delighted we can expand that coverage with near-live in-match clips and full post-match highlights from the biggest tournaments in the sport," said Charly Classen, general manager of ESPN across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
ESPN's deal includes the digital rights for the Republic of Ireland.