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WWE, Supersport in deal for ‘Raw’, ‘Smackdown’ in Africa
MUMBAI: Sports entertainment brand WWE and African sports broadcaster SuperSport have announced a new, multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in more than 50 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Starting 28 August, SuperSport will air WWE’s flagship shows ‘Raw’ and ‘SmackDown’ as well as WWE specials, including ‘WrestleMania’ and ‘SummerSlam’.
“WWE is a global phenomenon, so securing the broadcast rights for SuperSport is a terrific coup. The athletes involved are larger than life figures who command huge followings. At long last our viewers will get to share in this entertainment spectacle in high definition. I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with WWE,” said SuperSport CEO Gideon Khobane.
“SuperSport is a best-in-class partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging with and entertaining our fans. Televising WWE programming live in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time is an important milestone for us, and we look forward to working with SuperSport to cultivate new fans in the region,” said WWE executive VP international Ed Wells.
All programmes will be available with English commentary and on demand.
WWE programming will also be made available across some of DStv’s general entertainment channels.
To celebrate the new partnership, SuperSport will televise the prior week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown on 28 August.