ELEVEN SPORTS has secured LIVE and EXCLUSIVE Portuguese rights from Leading Combat Sports Distributor, Fighting Spirit in a multi-year deal starting in August.
As part of the partnership, fight sports fans in Portugal will be able to enjoy a range of different events from across the world with all the action from Enfusion Talents, M-1 Challenge, Enfusion and M-1 Selection all LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on ELEVEN SPORTS.
"Partnering with Fighting Spirit ensures we are offering fight sport fans in Portugal some of the very best Kickboxing and MMA action.” said Pedro Pinto, Non-Executive Director ELEVEN SPORTS Portugal. “We have already built an incredibly strong portfolio of football in Portugal, but this deal signifies our intent to create a well-rounded content offering for all fans. We look forward to announcing more rights acquisitions very soon.”
“It is always a great pleasure to further the popularity of combat sports and with this deal, fans in Portugal will be able to enjoy the best European combat sports promotions’ shows LIVE on ELEVEN SPORTS.” said Laurent Pourrut, CEO, Fighting Spirit
In addition to the partnership with Fighting Spirit, ELEVEN SPORTS will also deliver premium sports entertainment from UEFA Champions League, UEFA Youth League, LaLiga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga (from 2019/20), Scottish Premiership, Belgian Pro League and lots more sports popular in the local market which will be announced soon.
ELEVEN SPORTS will also be the only place where football fans in Portugal will be able to watch Cristiano Ronaldo’s UEFA Champions League adventures with Juventus following his transfer from Real Madrid to the Bianconeri for a reported €105 million earlier this month.
The carriage agreement with NOWO means that the operator will distribute ELEVEN channels in Portugal. Negotiations between NOWO and the other carriers are ongoing to ensure fans access premium content available on ELEVEN SPORTS. ELEVEN will also launch an OTT service in the market ensuring fans can watch top class sport anywhere, anytime, on the move and on catch-up.
ELEVEN SPORTS is setting up a local operation in Portugal that will be responsible for delivering the award-winning quality that local ELEVEN fans have come to expect around the world. This includes state-of-the-art production facilities and a fresh approach to the in-depth analysis and conversation in the studio, in the stadium and on social media via local commentators and an expert editorial team.