May 22, 2014
Track and field often struggles in the battle for popularity as it doesn’t feature team competition very often. The events with a team aspect – Drake Relays, Penn Relays, Worlds, Olympics, etc – are the most popular events. Thus track and field fans are in for a real treat this weekend when a team-only event – the first-ever IAAF World Relays championships takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the Bahamas.
In the US, the meet will be broadcast live both online and tv to subscribers of Universal Sports network from 6:30-9:00 pm ET both days. It’s important to note that online coverage starts at 6:15 pm ET as the much-anticipated men’s 4 x 800 final is at 6:14 pm ET the first day.
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If you aren’t in the US, the coverage options are different for this one than for your normal Diamond League event as the IAAF is trying some new streaming options.
We quote below from the IAAF press release:
“There will be LIVE TV coverage including Pan-Europe on Eurosport, Pan-Asia on multiple Fox Sports and Star Sports channels, in the USA on Universal Sports, in Brazil on SporTV2, Pan-Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel 5, and Pan Sub-Saharan Africa on Supersport Channels.
There will also be a mixture of live, highlights and delayed coverage being delivered by Official IAAF Broadcaster TBS in Japan and many other broadcasters across the globe.
The IAAF will also for the first time in its history stream one of its events via the following platforms:
In Europe, the stream is available via http://bit.ly/iaaflive
and on the Eurovision Sports Live App:
Furthermore, the IAAF, in partnership with Dentsu, who are the IAAF’s broadcasting partner for the rest of the world, will provide a stream on the“IAAF Magazine” YouTube channel.
The territories from where the YouTube stream will be accessible are as follows:
Afghanistan, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chile, Christmas Island, Cocos [Keeling] Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Congo – Brazzaville, Congo [DRC], Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Outlying Oceania, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.”