The deal is a little bit of a shakeup for each the ISL and for aggressive swimming. Last year, the ISL reached a deal with ESPN for broadcasting within the United States. That deal wasn’t introduced till the day earlier than the league’s first match. Televised swimming occasions have usually resided with ESPN (which holds the rights to NCAA Championships meets) and NBC (which holds Olympic broadcast rights and usually broadcasts World Championships as effectively).
The International Swimming League is in its second season as an expert swimming league centered round spectator-friendliness and athlete compensation.
Although the league envisioned a significant launch to a 6-month, 27-meet season driving momentum from the 2020 Olympics, the coronavirus pandemic postponed the Olympics one 12 months and compelled the ISL into various plans. The new model will bring league athletes together in Budapest for a five-week training camp that will feature all of the league’s regular-season events. The league has additionally teased plans for an over-the-top streaming platform that may present behind-the-scenes footage of athletes in coaching and away from the pool through the five-week block.