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The ‘Match of the Week’ programme allows for
broadcasters to televise for free, one match from each
week of the FIVB Volleyball World League.
The specially selected ‘Match of the Week’ is available
to the World League’s host broadcasters as well as
other TV channels. The FIVB launched the initiative in
2008
to further spread volleyball into regions where
the sport has the potential to grow.
In total there will be seven matches – one more than
in previous years – distributed by IMG free of charge
to the host TV Broadcasters of the 18 participating
countries.The matches will include English commentary
and will be shown live and on demand on the FIVB
Web TV, geo-blocked only in countries where respective
rights have been sold.
The first ‘Match of the Week’ will see Korea and Japan
(
Pool C) play their first match together on June 1 at 05:00
GMT at the Hwasung Indoor Gym in Hwasung, Korea.
Week two will feature 2012 World League title holder
Poland in a Pool A home match against Brazil inWarsaw
on June 9 at 18:15 with week three featuring Russia
against Serbia on June 14 at 15:00 in Kaliningrad for
a Pool B match.
MATCH OF THE WEEK
In week four fans will be able to watch Bulgaria host
Argentina in Sofia (last year’s World League Finals host
city) on June 22 at 17:00 in a Pool A match while week
five will see Cuba take on Russia in Pool B on June 28
in La Habana at 00:40 (+1d).
Week six will feature Serbia again, this time taking on
Italy in Novi Sad on July 6 at 18:00 in Pool B. In week
7
fans will be able to watch one of the biggest rivalries
in volleyball when Brazil host USA in a Pool A match in
Rio de Janeiro on July 13 at 13:00.
All times are GMT.
In 2011 the ‘Match of the Week’ was broadcast by 19
international broadcasters across 53 territories.Highlights
of all the matches also appeared in the 26-minute FIVB
World League highlights, produced and distributed by
IMG once a week. Like this year, all matches were shown
live and on demand on FIVB Web TV.
This year the English commentary for the matches
will be provided by Phil Bush, a former player turned
broadcaster who has worked for the FIVB to provide
the Play by Play for the FIVB ‘Match of the Week.’ He
has spent 17 seasons working for Fox Sports Net South,
ESPNU, CSS and Sun Sports.