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by Mark Zalewski
March 24, 2017
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The Flanders Classics and Belgian television network Sporza, the sports division of the Belgian national public-service broadcaster VRT, have reached an agreement on the broadcasting rights of their events through 2024.
“Flanders Classics has played an innovative role in cycling in recent years, now also in terms of TV production. In this context, a long-term collaboration with Sporza is a logical choice,” said Flanders Classics CEO Wouter Vandenhaute.
“Because we find that cycling, in terms of production, is behind other sports, we want to now take the lead here in Flanders. Sporza and Flanders Classics will combine all production and creative resources to bring the events in vivid in the living room.”
This comes only a few weeks after the news that Sporza did not get the rights to the Italian races run by RCS Sport, including the Giro d’Italia. Those rights were awarded to Eurosport, which is owned by Discovery Communications.
“VRT and cycling, with the Flemish classics in particular, have a long tradition. We are therefore very pleased that we can continue with this renewed and long-term cooperation with the Flanders Classics,” said VRT managing director Paul Lembrechts. “Our expertise in the field of capture and production of cycling is world famous. With this partnership, we can continue to innovate in Flanders.”
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