Championship League Snooker – Sponsor and how to watch

BetVictor will be the title sponsor for the event.

Matchroom Multi Sport is pleased to announce that BetVictor, a leading online gambling company, will be the title sponsor of the next two stagings of the BetVictor Championship League Snooker, which begins at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes on Sunday, September 13th.

Following the unprecedented success of this summer’s Championship League, the event has been expanded to a full WST ranking event featuring 128 players over 21 days, split into three weeks across September and October.

The popular group format employed during the summer’s Championship League returns, with players split into 32 four-man groups for Stage One and prize money standing at £328,000. World No.1 Judd Trump gets the tournament underway on September 13, while newly crowned six-time World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan enters the fray as the second seed on October 5th.

Matchroom Multi Sport Managing Director Emily Frazer said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with BetVictor once again. We have a strong, well-established relationship with BetVictor having worked with them across a number of Matchroom Multi Sport events, including last season’s Championship League Snooker.

“This new agreement builds upon their support of snooker and we’re thrilled to be able to work alongside BetVictor with a longer-term commitment for the next two Championship League Snooker events.”

BetVictor Director of Sportsbook Matt Scarrott added: “It’s a pleasure to team up with Matchroom Multi Sport again and we’re really looking forward to what should be a fantastic tournament. There’s plenty riding on it for the players with the Championship League Snooker now a full WST ranking event and we’re expecting three weeks of exciting, high-quality, quick-fire action.”

And how/where to watch has been announced.

BetVictor Championship League Snooker will be broadcast live around the world, with two tables of action to be enjoyed every day.

The first two weeks will be broadcast globaly on the below platforms, with FREE UK coverage at  Matchroom.Live

Table One
Viaplay – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
Zhibo.TV – China (including Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan)
SportKlub – Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Luxembourg
Silknet – Georgia
TV Poland
NTV – Russia
Rest of the World – Matchroom.Live

Table Two
Zhibo.TV – China (including Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan)
Rest of the World – Matchroom.Live

So, unfortunately, nothing changes. The sponsor is again a betting/gaming company, and because it is specifically specified that the coverage will be free in the UK, I can only suppose that the rest of the World will have to pay.

This, once again, shows that, although snooker has the ambition to be a global sport, it remains in so many ways strongly UK centered. OK, this is a matchroom event, but it counts as a WST – WORLD Snooker Tour – ranking event. Because of the history of the sport, and because England still accounts for about half of the main tour, and China is the second best represented nation, you would expect that the majority of viewers would be in the UK and China. So this decision is hard to explain by the “costs” aspect, as it’s free for them. New viewers and new fans are more likely to come from the “Rest of the World”, those for whom it’s not free. That doesn’t make sense to me in terms of promoting the sport globally.

.Any chance to reconsider Matchroom? 

6 thoughts on “Championship League Snooker – Sponsor and how to watch

  1. Yes but it’s hardly a surprise. It’s actually the British fans who are lucky, rather than overseas fans who are unlucky. Without paying for TV, we can expect to be targeted by advertisers who will probably have a regional focus. I have no problem paying for entertainment, and have to accept adverts, e.g. from betting companies or boxing promotions (which in my view is far worse), when I don’t pay. Of course, I do pay £157pa for a BBC license, which is a lot more expensive than in Greece (or Belgium!).

    With the appropriate technical knowledge (and Chinese language skills!), it’s always possible to pick up streams from Rigour or Zhibo, which I do when there is an outside table which isn’t broadcast. But I am aware that I’m probably stealing IPR.

      • You can Mike. But if you want a safe and stable one that comes at a cost too. A cost I can afford, but maybe not everyone one can or maybe not everyone is able or confident to chose and install one because they don’t understand the technicalities of it.

    • It is more expensive than in Greece, but no Greek channel is showing snooker. If you are a fan of football, basketball and to an extend tennis it’s ok (thank you Tsitsipas!). Otherwise you go via satellite or Internet provider. It is lmore expensive than in Belgium, if you’re happy with watching two channels (or four if you are fluent in both French and Dutch). Except domestic football you won’t see much sport at all. That’s why about everyone in Belgium gets television via their Internet provider. That will cost you around 450€ per year as a minimum. That includes ES (but not the player), BBC 1 and 2 (not the other channels, the digital platform or the player). So, you usually end up adding a VPN as well… Look. UK fans have more opportunities than anyone else to watch snooker live (in normal circumstances), with a host of events on home soil, they have access to ITV, which is only available in the UK. They are the privileged ones. I’m not saying that matchroom should make them pay for their streaming – especially now – but I feel that they could and should make the gesture to offer it for free to everyone, especially with the ambition to promote snooker globally. The non-UK viewers will be a minority anyway. Surely they don’t need that sort of money? Not when they have things like Boxing and darts in their portfolio?

  2. shame its not on itv4 or eurosport , be good to see a lower ranked player win it good luck all.

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