Optus expands football rights with International Champions Cup

Alex Kidman 10 June 2016 NEWS

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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:

Leg Date Location Teams 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
USA/Europe
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
Australia
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

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