MTG extends exclusive Nordic media rights to KHL

August 11 2017

MTG has extended its exclusive media rights to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in the Nordic region until 2021 – offering fans the chance to see Finland’s Jokerit take on some of ice hockey’s biggest international names and teams.

  • MTG to bring the leading ice hockey league in Europe and Asia to fans in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for the next four seasons
  • Matches featuring Finland’s Jokerit team, plus other selected high-profile games, to be shown live on MTG’s Viasat Hockey channel or Viaplay streaming service
  • MTG is the home of ice hockey with rights to KHL, NHL and IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in various territories

Starting from the 2017/2018 season, KHL matches featuring Jokerit, along with selected high-profile games from across the competition, will be shown live on MTG’s Viasat Hockey channel (in Finland, Norway and Sweden) and Viaplay streaming service (in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden).

Considered Europe and Asia’s leading ice hockey league, the KHL is contested by 27 teams from Russia, Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia. Jokerit have played in the KHL since 2014 and have reached at least the conference quarter-finals every year.

The new KHL season starts on 21 August, when reigning champions SKA Saint Petersburg meet traditional powerhouse CSKA Moscow.

Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport: “This is a historic moment for all hockey fans in the Nordic region – KHL’s 10th season starts soon and MTG is bringing even more amazing hockey action to our customers across every screen. A world-class league like KHL deserves world-class coverage, and viewers can look forward to getting closer to the ice than ever before on Viasat and Viaplay.”

MTG is the home of ice hockey in the Nordic region. In addition to the KHL rights, acquired from Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, MTG holds the exclusive rights to the NHL in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be shown in Sweden exclusively on MTG’s free-TV channels and on Viasat Hockey in 2018, 2020 and 2022, and Viaplay will offer the tournament in Sweden every year until 2023.

MTG broadcasts more than 50,000 hours of high quality live sport every year on its TV channels and streaming services, including NHL and KHL ice hockey, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Formula One, NFL American football, boxing, UFC and golf.

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