Sports fans will have to say goodbye to Eleven Sports Network as Singtel TV will no longer broadcast the channel. It will be taken off the air at the end of July this year.
The company MP & Silva owns Eleven, which is founded by the Italian businessman and majority owner of EFL championship side Leeds United Andrea Radrizzani. Its sports channel went live on Singtel in 2015, airing programs such as Serie A, Capital One Cup and English FA Cup.
Eleven Sports Network made a multi-year deal with Singtel TV a year later. The telco company holds the exclusive rights to air three seasons of the English Premier League in Singapore until 2019. The agreement also includes screening three live English Premier League matches on their new Eleven Plus channel. Three delayed telecasts are shown weekly, which was made available on their web and mobile app.
In 2017, a year into their EPL deal with Singtel, Eleven discontinued the partnership. Their Eleven Plus Channel was removed from the lineup, but the Eleven and Eleven Sports Channel was retained. The EPL matches host on the Eleven Plus Channel, Richard Lenton, was then laid-off.
The sports network took on other sports packages, including Manchester United TV, Chelsea TV, Emirate FA Cup, Italian Serie A, European, South American FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and NBA basketball.
Early in 2018, they made a deal with the Football Association of Singapore for match day productions and live streams for the new Singapore Premier League. Rights for the FIFA World Cup 2018, which was shown in Singtelâ€
Meanwhile, the managing director of Eleven Sports Network in Singapore, Shalu Wasu, gave no concrete answers regarding the issue of staff redundancies and whether it would affect their deal with the FAS.
A Singtel spokesperson said that the company was â€œpreparing a statementâ€ about the end of transmission of Eleven Sports Network but it had not been released as of writing.