EBU and FISA renew partnership
The EBU and the World Rowing Federation (FISA) have agreed on a four-year renewal of all European media rights from 2017-2020 for rowing’s premier world and European events.
This agreement includes the World Rowing Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the annual World Rowing Cup series and the European Rowing Championships. The 2019 World Rowing Championships will serve as qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The opening event of the renewed agreement will be the first regatta of the 2017 World Rowing Cup series from 5th to 7th May in Belgrade, Serbia.
“Our relationship with the EBU started in the early 1980s and it has been a long and increasingly successful one,” says FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland. “We have all seen and experienced the fast-moving developments that are influencing the televising and distribution of sports events and I remain confident that, by staying with public service broadcasters, our sport is in excellent and professional hands. The coverage and promotion of rowing has continued to build through the EBU membership and its various platforms. I look forward to a highly collaborative and productive relationship with the EBU and its Members through to 2020.”
“Rowing is one of the few sports to have been part of the Olympic Games since the start and thanks to FISA it has evolved to bring its excitement to viewers worldwide,” says Julien Ternisien, EBU Head of Sports Rights - Summer Sports. “That FISA has once again entrusted the EBU and its members with giving rowing’s marquee events the free-to-air exposure they deserve tells of a thriving partnership that will continue to grow in strength.”