ESPN Star Sports unveiled its `sports bonanza' for 2002 ranging from international cricket series to tennis, badminton, football, motorsports, basketball and table tennis.
ESPN Star Sports has acquired telecast rights to Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and ATP Masters Series in tennis. As for football, the channel has the rights to English Premier League, UEFA Championship, UEFA Cup, Spanish League, Italian Serie A and Tiger Cup.
In Motorsports it has acquired telecast rights for Formula One; Paris Dakar 2002, World Superbikes Championship and Moto GP 2002. Badminton events include Thomas and Uber Cup of 2002 while Basketball events include NBA Playoffs and Finals.
According to company sources ESPN Star Sports had the maximum penetration into the 35 million cable and satellite homes.
The channels also have a series of cricket matches lined up during 2002. The cricket season starts with the Carlton & United series involving 15 one-day matches to be played between Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
The triangular series starts on January 11, 2002 and the third final takes place on February 10, 2002.
The channels will also be telecasting the Indian tour to West Indies, Indian tour to England, Indian tour to New Zealand.
Other international cricket series to be featured include 15 one-day internationals (ODI) of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand; three tests, seven ODIs of Australia's tour to South Africa; three tests, five ODIs of England’s tour of New Zealand; five tests, seven ODIs of Indian tour to West Indies; three tests, three ODIs of New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan; three tests of Sri Lanka’s tour of England; 10 ODIs of India, England, Sri Lanka Triangular; four tests of India's tour of England; two tests, three ODIs of New Zealand tour of West Indies; three tests, three ODIs of Australia’s Tour of Pakistan; five tests of England’s tour of Australia; three tests, five ODIs of India’s tour of New Zealand and 18 ODI Australia, England and Sri Lanka Triangular.