Eurovision Sport has extended its media rights partnership with the Romania Ski Biathlon Federation (RSBF) for a further four years, in an agreement signed on the eve of the inaugural FIS Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup event taking place in Rasnov, Romania this weekend (21/22 February, 2020).
Previously, only Women’s World Cups, Men’s Continental Cups and the 2016 Junior World Championships have been held at Rasnov’s HS 97 normal hill.
The agreement also covers the annual FIS Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup event in Rasnov (this year’s event took place on 25/26 January), plus Summer Ski Jumping Grand Prix events and, potentially, Mixed Ski Jumping events and any FIS World Cup events in other skiing World Cup disciplines that might be allocated to Romania.
The new agreement begins in 2021 and runs until 31 March 2024. Commercial rights, which are presently in development, are also covered by the partnership with RSBF.
Broadcasters from seven major winter sports markets, including six EBU Members, are set to cover the action from Rasnov this weekend, as Austria’s Stefan Kraft bids to extend his lead over Germany’s Karl Geiger and Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi in the overall World Cup standings.
Broadcasters showing the event are: ORF (Austria); ARD (Germany); YLE (Finland); TVP (Poland); NRK (Norway); RTVSLO (Slovenia); and NBC/Olympic Channel (USA). Poland’s TVP is showing specially extended coverage, including qualification events, in response to avid support for ski jumping in the country.
Eurovision Sport Executive Director Stefan Kürten said: “The Romanian federation have proven that they can host great events and the upcoming men`s FIS ski jumping competition is the latest example of that. We are delighted to continue our successful cooperation and further develop ski sport in Rasnov with the RSBF.”
Romania Ski Biathlon President Dan Mihoc said: “We are extremely happy to join the growing number of federations that are enjoying the unparallel exposure that Eurovision and its members bring to our sport. I believe it is of utmost importance for us all that sport can be seen free for all.”