Eurovision Sport extends media rights partnership with Romania Ski Biathlon Federation
Eurovision Sport has announced the extension of its media rights partnership with Romania Ski Biathlon Federation (RSBF) for a further four years, in an agreement signed on the eve of the inaugural FIS Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup event taking place in Rasnov, Romania, over the weekend of 21 to 22 February.
Previously, only Women’s World Cups, Men’s Continental Cups and the 2016 Junior World Championships have been held at Rasnov’s HS 97 normal hill.
The agreement also covers the annual FIS Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup event in Rasnov (this year’s event took place on 25 to 26 January), plus Summer Ski Jumping Grand Prix events and, potentially, Mixed Ski Jumping events and any FIS World Cup events in other skiing World Cup disciplines that might be allocated to Romania.
The new agreement begins in 2021 and runs until 31 March 2024. Commercial rights, which are presently in development, are also covered by the partnership with RSBF.
Broadcasters from seven major winter sports markets, including six EBU Members, were set to cover the action from Rasnov last weekend, as Austria’s Stefan Kraft fought to extend his lead over Germany’s Karl Geiger and Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi in the overall World Cup standings.
Broadcasters showing the event were: ORF (Austria); ARD (Germany); YLE (Finland); TVP (Poland); NRK (Norway); RTVSLO (Slovenia); and NBC/Olympic Channel (US). Poland’s TVP is showing specially extended coverage, including qualification events, in response to avid support for ski jumping in the country.
Eurovision Sport executive director, Stefan Kürten said: “The Romanian federation have proven that they can host great events and the upcoming men`s FIS ski jumping competition is the latest example of that. We are delighted to continue our successful cooperation and further develop ski sport in Rasnov with the RSBF.”
Romania Ski Biathlon president, Dan Mihoc, said: “We are extremely happy to join the growing number of federations that are enjoying the unparalled exposure that Eurovision and its members bring to our sport. I believe it is of utmost importance for us all that sport can be seen free for all.”