The WSL enters yet another exclusive agreement!
Straight outta Santa Monica...
WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt is "delighted" to announce that the League has signed another exclusive broadcast deal. This time it's FOX Sports who will be the sole US television broadcaster for the 2019 Men's and Women's Championship Tour, as well as the Big Wave Tour.
If you're struggling to keep up with all the delightful broadcast partnerships the WSL is signing then, rest assured, it ain't your ailing memory. A quick count by Swellnet registers media deals with YouTube, Facebook, ESPN, RedBull Media, CBS Sports/Bleacher Report, and ABC USA. We may have missed some.
All this in six years.
Here's Sophie's statement:
"We're delighted with the additional coverage FOX Sports will bring to our events and millions of fans across multiple platforms. With our athletes continuing to take the sport to new performance levels, more people than ever can now witness the excitement of professional surfing and everything that comes with our world class events."
More. People. Than. Ever.
It also appears Ronnie Blokey has been dropped from the webcast team with the release saying:
"Longtime WSL play-by-play announcer Joe Turpel and former World Champion Martin Potter call the action from some of the most remote and exotic surfing locations in the world. Rosy Hodge (former Championship Tour competitor) and Strider Wasilewski serve as commentators reporting from the water. In addition, Ross Williams and Big Wave Champion Peter Mel round out the commentary team."