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Optus Sport wins K League rights for Australia

By 7th May 2020 No Comments

Live football in the K League begin again tomorrow.

Optus Sport has picked up the Australian rights to South Korea’s top division of football, K League.

It’s the second major Asian football win for Optus Sport following its acquisition of J.League rights for Australia earlier this year.

The K League is one of the first to return to live sports following the Covid-19 crisis, with the season scheduled to kick off tomorrow (Friday, 8 May).

Optus Sport will air two matches live and on demand from every round of the K League 1 division.

Richard Bayliss, director of Sport, Optus Sport, says: “I know I’m not the only one who’s been staring longingly out the window waiting for live sport to return, so to bring the K League to viewers in such a friendly time zone from this weekend is something we’re really excited about. In light of COVID-19, we have faith in South Korea’s capability to start the K League while respecting societal requirements to keep players and the wider community safe.”

In lieu of live sports during the pandemic, Optus Sport has been running replays of classic matches, live trivia, and magazine shows. It has 820,000 subscribers in Australia.

K League opening match
Friday May 8
8pm (AEST): Jeonbuk FC v Suwon Bluewings
Sunday May 10
5.30pm (AEST): Gangwon FC v FC Seoul
Australians in the K League
Adam Taggart (Suwon Bluewings) – The K League golden boot winner in 2019 with 20 goals. Played for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup and is one of Australia’s form strikers.
Brandon O’Neill (Pohang Steelers) – The Socceroos midfielder was one of the most influential Sydney FC players over a trophy-laden five years for the club until his recent move.
Terry Antonis (Suwon Bluewings) – Formerly of Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, one of Australia’s most gifted midfielders of the last decade won the FA Cup last season with Suwon alongside Adam Taggart.
Jason Davidson (Ulsan Hyundai) – The Socceroos left back played at the 2014 World Cup and was part of the Asian Cup winning side in 2015. Has played across Europe and is the son of great Socceroo Alan.
Rashid Mahazi (Incheon United) – Former Melbourne Victory midfielder, who played in the Victory’s 2015 Grand Final win.

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