Sony Pictures Networks acquire exclusive rights to broadcast Ballon d'Or

Industry Watch | October 14, 2022 | News

Sony Pictures Networks

The 2022 Ballon d'Or will be televised exclusively by Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) across the Indian subcontinent, which includes India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka, and non-exclusively in Pakistan.

Ballon d'Or is an annual football award hosted by France Football that honours top football players across various European clubs. The broadcaster will telecast the Ballon d'Or ceremony LIVE on SONY TEN 2 channels on 17th October 2022 from 10:20 PM IST. The awards will also be live-streamed on SPN's on-demand OTT platform SonyLIV.

While the nominees were announced this year on 12th August, fans are rooting for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema to steal the show and win the coveted award. Other players cutting close in the race include Bayern Munich's Sadio Mane and FC Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski.

In the women's category, Barcelona and Spain's midfielder Alexia Putellas leads the nominee list as a fan favourite, followed by Chelsea's Sam Kerr and Arsenal's Beth Mead.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India said, "Ballon d'Or is considered the top football honour across the globe, and it is our privilege to be associated with such a prestigious award. The award is a pinnacle of recognition for football players worldwide, and we endeavour to provide such content to football fans in India. Ballon d'Or has recognized the greatest footballers in the past and continues to do so as football fans across the nation wait eagerly to see their favourite player crowned as the winner and enter the greatest of the greats club."

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The company has received rights to broadcast in the Indian subcontinent, including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka and non-exclusive rights in Pakistan.

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