One of the biggest international events in sports, the Six Nations rugby championship will not be broadcasted by its former broadcaster in Asia. They have apologized and said that it is not only frustrating for the fans but also for them. They have apologized to the fans separately and said that losing out the regional airing rights is a big setback for them.
The rugby fans of Hong Kong were fuming after they heard that the Dublin based Setanta Sports would not be broadcasting this event which meant that they would not be able to watch the games on the largest pay television operator of the city. The recent turnaround happened when MP & Silva, the company who runs this tournament sold the broadcasting rights to beIN Sports owned by Al Jazeera. The contract with Setanta was for four years which ended last year and MP & Silva thought to sell the rights to another company.
With this decision it will mean that people who have subscribed for Network Vision which is one of the lesser known TVBs and only has a two channel partnership will be able to watch this tournament and majority of the people would be deprived from it. Woods also said that Setanta had a good record and they were the first to bring rugby in the television sets of people in Asia.
However it is to be seen whether the owners change their mind or not because the fan base in Hong Kong is huge. They would be broadcasting more than 500 rugby games and would try their best to ensure that the fans are not deprived from this great sport. A spokesman was also heard to say that every effort is being done to bring the Six Nations into the home of every person but the final decision is yet to be taken.