STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ONE World Sports, America's Network for Global Sports, announces the network debut of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez and the entire Barcelona football club beginning February 3. In a strategic rights deal with Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that also includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network, ONE World Sports will serve as the exclusive English-language U.S. TV home of Barça TV, the club channel of Futbol Club (F.C.) Barcelona, Spain's most popular professional soccer franchise. UDN is the exclusive Spanish-language home of Barça TV.
Across all of its platforms, ONE World Sports will showcase the incredibly talented personalities on the Barcelona club with exclusive player interviews, insider access to special event coverage and game day analysis. The network will also provide encore presentations of all Barcelona matches including all La Liga, UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey competitions.
"Through ONE World Sports' partnership with Univision, we will bring F.C. Barcelona, one of the most popular and successful clubs, to the U.S.," said Joel Feld, ONE World Sports Executive Vice President, Programming & Production. "Barça TV provides soccer fans an insider perspective of some of the greatest players to ever step on the pitch that you just cannot get from only watching the match."
"This new deal with ONE World Sports is one way we are leveraging our extensive portfolio rights in ways that make sense for our business," said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes. "This agreement allows Univision Deportes to deliver soccer content our fans care about most on Univision's platforms while maximizing the value and exposure of our rights portfolio."
F.C. Barcelona is one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world, having won 23 La Liga, 27 Copa del Rey and 11 Supercopa de España titles. In international competition, Barcelona boasts five UEFA Champions League titles, a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cup trophies and a record three FIFA Club World Cup trophies. Barcelona was ranked first in the IFFHS Club World Rankings in 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. The club has a storied rivalry with Real Madrid; matches between the two teams are referred to as El Clásico. Barcelona is the longtime home of Argentinian-born global soccer legend Lionel Messi, who, in addition to playing as a forward for the Spanish club, also is the sparkplug of the Argentina national team and widely considered to be the best player in the world.
About ONE World Sports
ONE World Sports is America's Network for Global Sports, producing best-in-class, captivating live sports content from around the world. With multi-platform capabilities and superior production quality, ONE World Sports is one of the fastest growing independent sports networks available throughout the United States. Currently available to more than 30 million homes nationally on cable, telco and satellite, ONE World Sports delivers live and exclusive coverage of some of America's most popular sports played professionally outside the USA -- basketball, baseball, golf and ice hockey -- plus sporting events with the largest global followings, including soccer and cricket. ONE World Sports is distributed through Verizon Fios, go90, DISH Network, Charter Communications, Cablevision's Optimum TV, Mediacom Communications, Google Fiber, Suddenlink, RCN and a growing number of systems through the NCTC. In addition, the network's mobile app, Watch ONE World Sports, features a live stream of the network for authenticated subscribers and on-demand content for all users. More information on ONE World Sports and its availability in particular markets can be found at www.oneworldsports.com or consumers can call their television distributor. Watch ONE World Sports is available in the Apple and the Google Play stores.
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