Optus expands football rights with International Champions Cup
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:
|China||Friday, July 22||Shanghai||Manchester United v. Dortmund||Optus Sport/Channel Nine|
|Monday, July 25||Beijing||Manchester City v. Manchester United||Optus Sport/Channel Nine|
|Thursday, July 28||Shenzhen||Dortmund v. Manchester City||Optus Sport/Channel Nine|
|Saturday, July 23||Glasgow||Celtic FC v. Leicester City||Optus Sport|
|Sunday July 24||Orlando||PSG v. Inter Milan||Optus Sport|
|Wednesday, July 27||Columbus||Real Madrid v. PSG||Optus Sport|
|Wednesday, July 27||Chicago||Bayern v. AC Milan||Optus Sport|
|Wednesday, July 27||Pasadena||Liverpool v. Chelsea||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, July 30||Dublin||Barcelona v. Celtic||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, July 30||Ann Arbor||Chelsea v Real Madrid||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, July 30||Charlotte||Bayern v. Inter||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, July 30||Santa Clara||Liverpool v. AC Milan||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, July 30||Los Angeles||PSG v. Leicester City||Optus Sport|
|Wednesday, August 3||Stockholm||Barcelona v. Leicester City||Optus Sport|
|Wednesday, August 3||New York||Bayern v. Real||Optus Sport|
|Wednesday, August 3||Minneapolis||Chelsea v. AC Milan||Optus Sport|
|Saturday August 6||London||Liverpool v. Barcelona||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, August 13||Limerick||Celtic v. Inter||Optus Sport|
|Saturday, July 23||Melbourne||Melbourne Victory FC v. Juventus||Channel Nine|
|Saturday August 6||Melbourne||Juventus v. Tottenham Hotspur||Channel Nine|
|Saturday, August 13||Melbourne||Tottenham Hotspur v. Atlético de Madrid||Channel Nine|