ESS which operates ESPN, Star Sports & Star Cricket has secured multi year broadcasting rights for the Sri Lanka Premier League which debuts on August 11th. The rights have been acquired for the Indian subcontinent and covering Hong Kong and Thailand too.
ESS continues to acquire broadcasting rights for the major sporting events in this region despite an outright purchase by Star (owned by Fox International Channels) of the Disney shares (Disney operates ESPN) in ESS. We believe that ESPN would be rebranded as Fox Sports in the near future but it would function as ESPN until the handover is completed.
The acquiring of SLPL rights by ESS is indeed good news to the sports loving public in Sri Lanka since ESPN, Star Sports & Star Cricket are available on all locally operated pay television networks.
CSN is the local FTA broadcaster of the event.