VME acquires US Hispanic broadcasting rights for WSB
November 3, 2010
U.S. Spanish network Vme has acquired the rights to broadcast the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in the U.S. Hispanic market and Puerto Rico. Carriage of the WSB will be the first sporting event to be broadcast by Vme on an ongoing basis.
Vme will begin broadcasting WSB coverage on November 20th and will continue to carry weekly matches throughout the first season. The network is also creating a WSB news and commentary program, Sexto Round, and will air this weekly on Thursday nights.
“Vme has made a commitment to present the best international programming to its audience. The WSB is an extraordinary example and we are pleased to bring it to the Hispanic community that has a long tradition of boxing fans. The importance of this tournament and the fact that it is supported by AIBA and the International Olympic Committee made it a must in our schedule,” said Guillermo Sierra, Vme’s senior vice president.
Ivan Khodabakhsh, chief operating officer of the World Series of Boxing, said “I am delighted that Vme has acquired the U.S. Hispanic Broadcasting Rights for the WSB. Given the location of our teams in Los Angeles, Memphis, Mexico City and Miami, the Hispanic market is extremely important for WSB. I also welcome Vme’s commitment to support the launch of the first season with extensive promotion on their network.”
The World Series of Boxing is a new global boxing series that is an initiative of AIBA, the International
Boxing Association, under the leadership of its president Dr. C.K. Wu.The WSB comprises 12 city-based Franchise teams spread across three regional conferences: Asia, the Americas and Europe. During the regular season (November 2010 to March 2011), teams in each conference will compete against each other over two home and two away legs (a total of 12 matches per team).