Optus expands football rights with International Champions Cup

Alex Kidman 10 June 2016

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Optus has nabbed the broadcast and streaming rights to the International Champions Cup to add to its existing package of EPL coverage.

Optus is rather serious about its push into sports broadcasting. Having recently cut the pricing for pre-orders to its EPL package, today it announced that it has added the International Champions Cup (ICC) to the list of sports where it has exclusive broadcast and streaming rights.

The ICC will be broadcast on Optus’ new Optus Sport platform from 23 July 2016, with Optus showing 15 matches from the US and Europe legs of the tournament. Those matches will form the first football content broadcast on Optus Sport, ahead to the launch of the 2016/17 Premier League season to which it already holds the rights. Optus will provide EPL coverage to customers on eligible plans, and it has indicated that the ICC tournament will also be open to those customers who have signed up by the time the tournament kicks off at no additional charge.

The ICC includes matches played on Australian soil, but those match rights continue to be held by Channel Nine, which will broadcast three games from Melbourne in July. The Chinese leg of the tour will be broadcast both by Channel Nine and Optus in late July.

For those who want to keep track of who’s showing what, here’s how each leg of the ICC breaks down by broadcaster:

LegDateLocationTeamsBroadcaster
ChinaFriday, July 22ShanghaiManchester United v. DortmundOptus Sport/Channel Nine
Monday, July 25BeijingManchester City v. Manchester UnitedOptus Sport/Channel Nine
Thursday, July 28ShenzhenDortmund v. Manchester CityOptus Sport/Channel Nine
USA/Europe
Saturday, July 23GlasgowCeltic FC v. Leicester CityOptus Sport
Sunday July 24OrlandoPSG v. Inter MilanOptus Sport
Wednesday, July 27ColumbusReal Madrid v. PSGOptus Sport
Wednesday, July 27ChicagoBayern v. AC MilanOptus Sport
Wednesday, July 27PasadenaLiverpool v. ChelseaOptus Sport
Saturday, July 30DublinBarcelona v. CelticOptus Sport
Saturday, July 30Ann ArborChelsea v Real MadridOptus Sport
Saturday, July 30CharlotteBayern v. InterOptus Sport
Saturday, July 30Santa ClaraLiverpool v. AC MilanOptus Sport
Saturday, July 30Los AngelesPSG v. Leicester CityOptus Sport
Wednesday, August 3StockholmBarcelona v. Leicester CityOptus Sport
Wednesday, August 3New YorkBayern v. RealOptus Sport
Wednesday, August 3MinneapolisChelsea v. AC MilanOptus Sport
Saturday August 6LondonLiverpool v. BarcelonaOptus Sport
Saturday, August 13LimerickCeltic v. InterOptus Sport
Australia
Saturday, July 23MelbourneMelbourne Victory FC v. JuventusChannel Nine
Saturday August 6MelbourneJuventus v. Tottenham Hotspur Channel Nine
Saturday, August 13MelbourneTottenham Hotspur v. Atlético de Madrid Channel Nine

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