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Over 100 Olympians are represented by the ISL, including 41 Olympic gold medals from the 2016 Olympic Games.
The new professional International Swimming League (ISL) is set to deliver a massive audience of 40 million viewers across broadcast, live streaming and social media in its inaugural season.
The league has partnered with 10 different regular broadcasters, including ESPN in the United States and Eurosport in both Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, for the historic launch of the ground-breaking league. The matches will be viewable on six different continents — on linear and OTT platforms to engage with new generations.
“This is a huge audience number for the first season, and I am sure it will grow,” said ISL founder Konstantin Grigorishin. “Premium networks across the globe are on board, and we anticipate more broadcasters partnering with the ISL both this season and in the subsequent seasons as the ISL brand grows, teams and matches are added, and fans are attracted to this revolutionary new model of swimming.”
The ISL is the first professional league in the history of swimming and promises to take the sport to the next level. The biggest stars in swimming will compete for eight different clubs (Cali Condors, DC Trident, Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, LA Current, NY Breakers, Iron, and London Roar) and race for team points over six regular season matches in October and November. The matches will take place in both the United States and Europe before the season culminates with the grand final in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on December 20-21. This will feature the top four teams (two U.S.-based, two Europe-based) battling to become the first-ever ISL Champions. More than $4 million in appearance money and prize money for clubs and athletes will be awarded during the season.
Approximately 75 percent of all current Olympic and World Champions will compete in the league, led by the 10 ISL ambassadors, Nathan Adrian, Cate Campbell, Caeleb Dressel, Katinka Hosszu, Katie Ledecky, Florent Manaudou, Ryan Murphy, Adam Peaty, Federica Pellegrini and Sarah Sjostrom.
Men and women will share equal prize money and media attention as they go to battle for their respective clubs. The ISL will engage sports fans each weekend with fast-paced two-hour matches, cutting-edge television production, including a unique camera plan and behind-the-scenes access, and a never-before-seen live show.
The 2019 International Swimming League matches will be broadcast on television live, delayed-live and via dedicated highlights programming in countries throughout the world. Details of regular broadcasters by country appear below. For precise details of broadcaster coverage please check local listings.
The broadcast information is up to date as of 10/04/19 and for countries without broadcasters, updates will be published at the link below.
Where to watch by region
- United States: ESPN3
- Europe and Asia-Pacific: Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player (Europe)
- Australia: 7plus (highlights 7TWO and 7plus)
- New Zealand: Spark
- Canada: CBC (Live streams: cbcsports.ca and via CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices; Broadcast coverage: Road to the Olympic Games on CBC and free CBC Gem streaming service)
- Latin America: Claro Sport
- Brazil: TV Globo (SporTV)
- Caribbean: FlowSports
- Israel: Sports 1
- Middle East/North Africa: beIN Sports
When to watch by region
- Local Indianapolis time (Eastern) – 2:00 p.m.
- Los Angeles, Ca. (Pacific) – 11:00 a.m.
- London – 7:00 p.m.
- Tokyo – 3:00 a.m.
- Sydney – 4:00 a.m.
About the ISL: The International Swimming League is a global professional swimming competition launching in 2019 with teams in both Europe (Italy-based Aqua Centurions, France-based Energy Standard, Hungary-based Iron, and London Roar) and the United States (Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current, NY Breakers). The inaugural season will include matches in Indianapolis IN, Naples ITA, Lewisville TX, Budapest HUN, College Park MD, London GBR, and the championship finale at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. The ISL aims to create groundbreaking projects, in both form and content, exploring the full potential of competitive swimming while securing sustainable commercial growth in the sport.
5-6 October 2019 – IU Natatorium, Indianapolis, USA
12-13 October 2019 – Aquatic Swimming Complex, Naples, Italy
19-20 October 2019 – The LISD Westside Aquatic Center, Lewisville, Texas, USA
26-27 October 2019 – Duna Area, Budapest, Hungary
16-17 November 2019 – Natatorium at the Eppley Recreation Center, Maryland, USA
23-24 November 2019 – London Aquatic Centre, Great Britain
20-21 December 2019 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA
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Media Contact: James Mulligan ([email protected])
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