ESPN STAR Sports also has Asia's leading Events Management team that has been successfully staging large-scale sporting events across Asia. The event management team is a completely integrated events group that manages concept creation, sponsorship, marketing, PR, TV broadcast, operations, and logistics for clients. Events currently in their portfolio include the X Games Asia, 9 Ball Tour, KL World 5's Futsal, Cartier Polo, Formula Drift Singapore, Nations Cup Netball, Indian Hockey League, and the World Pool Championship. In 2012, ESPN STAR Sports is the official broadcaster of 2012 Summer Olympics. News Corporation acquired Disney's stake in the company in the Summer of 2012 and ESPN STAR Sports managing director Mr Manu Sawhney was replaced by Senior Vice-President of Sports for FOX International Channels (FIC), Peter Hutton.1
One of the biggest successes for the Event Management team was the creation of the Premier Hockey League (PHL) in India. PHL is a professional league competition for field Hockey clubs in the top division of the Indian hockey system, though there has always been strong foreign representation among the players. PHL is a joint venture between ESPN Star Sports and the erstwhile Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) but with the suspension of the IHF on 28 April 2008, the future of PHL remains uncertain. ESPN STAR Sports was launched the same day with Disney Channel Asia.
ESPN STAR was also famed for their being Asia's largest broadcaster of the English FA Premier League, during the 2000s, with commentators like John Dykes and a host of former Premier league players as guests and pundits on the shows.2
ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) via its STAR Cricket channel was the official broadcaster of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final experienced all-time high viewership (67.6 million only on Cable and satellite) and TRPs, and had raised ad rates for 10 second slots during the finals to 24 lakh (US$38,000), prior to the finals.345
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ESPN Player (available in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia)
Programs broadcast by ESPN STAR Sports
It is important to note that broadcast rights for various sports properties contain territorial limitations and in a lot of instances, the rights indicated below may not pertain to all territories in which ESPN STAR Sports operates.
X Games (X-Games, Winter X Games, X Games Asia, X Games Brazil and Winter X Games Europe)