Eurosport and WWE Renew Deal
Announcing the deal, Julien Bergeaud, Broadcast Director for Eurosport, said “We are very happy to renew our agreement with WWE, the most prominent action entertainment organisation in the world. The continued partnership reinforces Eurosport’s positioning as Europe's leading sports and entertainment group and demonstrates our commitment to work with the best entertainment groups to offer top quality programmes to fans across Europe.”
Andrew Whitaker, Executive Vice President of WWE International, added “Eurosport is a highly valued partner for WWE. Their penetration across Europe is unrivalled and this renewal is testament to the ever-growing popularity of WWE across the continent.”
“This Week In WWE” is a weekly catch up show aired exclusively by Eurosport in Europe, featuring clips from WWE’s flagship programmes RAW®, SmackDown®, NXT® and WWE Superstars. Each Monday night at 9:00PM CET, fans can catch up on WWE’s week of action, including the latest matches, feuds and news on their favourite Superstars and Divas.
“WWE Vintage Collection”, which is dedicated to WWE legends from 1970 through to 2000, will also air each Monday at 9:30PM CET. Eurosport will be the only channel in continental Europe offering fans access to WWE’s greatest legends, including Stone Cold Steve Austin®, The Rock®, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.
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About Eurosport Group:
The Eurosport Group is Europe's leading sports entertainment group. Eurosport, the n°1 pan-European TV channel, broadcasts in 20 languages and reaches 125 million homes across 59 countries. Eurosport HD is the high definition simulcast of Eurosport. Eurosport 2 broadcasts to 51 million households in 17 languages across 47 countries. Eurosport 2 HD was launched in August 2009. Eurosport Asia-Pacific reaches 15 countries in the region. Eurosportnews is the sports news channel transmitted worldwide. Eurosport.com, Europe's n°1 online sports destination, has over 14 million unique users per month (comScore) across an international network of sports websites in 11 languages, including Yahoo! co-branded sites in Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK. The Eurosport.com free mobile application is available in 10 languages. Eurosport Player, Eurosport's web TV service, provides LIVE and on-demand sports to fans' PCs in 59 countries and the Player mobile application is available in 5 countries. Eurosport Events is the group's expert division in the management and promotion of international sporting events. For more information, please visit www.eurosportcorporate.com
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