Sina Sports is a Chinese digital sports media platform that provides live sporting events, highlights, news, discussion forums and other related sports content, primarily targeted at Chinese communities around the world. It is a subsidiary of Chinese internet company Sina.com and was established in 1998 as China's first online sports platform.

Sina Sports
Private
IndustrySports digital media
Headquarters,
Area served
China
ProductsSina Sports website, mobile site, mobile app
Number of employees
200
Websitesports.sina.com.cn

The platform operates an online website, mobile website, and mobile app, all of which are only available in the Chinese language. The mobile is available for iOS[1] and Android[2] devices. The platform also operates multiple verified SINA Weibo accounts including @新浪体育(@SINASports), @新浪体育视频(@SINASportsVideo), and others, collectively garnering over 20 million Weibo followers.[3][4][5][6]

HistoryEdit

In 1998, Chinese Internet company SRSNet (四通利方) built and operated the official Chinese language online portal for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Later that year, SRSNet acquired Hua Yuan Online and changed the name to Sina.com, and the sports platform became known as SINA Sports.[7] From the beginning, Chinese sports fans quickly adopted the platform as a preferred way to access sports around the world. SINA Sports has had the following milestones[8] including:

  • Official online website in China for FIFA 1998
  • Official online partner in China for the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Exclusive Internet partner for the Chinese soccer team for FIFA 2002
  • Official Internet partner for the Athens 2004 Olympics
  • Exclusive Internet partner in China for the 2008 Eurocup
  • First to provide live-streaming feed for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

ProgrammingEdit

Live Online Broadcasting Rights (Mainland China) as of November 2015:

European FootballEdit

SINA sports holds the live broadcasting rights for UEFA Champions League,[9] AFC Champions League, Premier League,[10] and Bundesliga games.

Domestic FootballEdit

SINA Sports holds the rights to broadcast Chinese Super League games.

TennisEdit

SINA Sports broadcasts the WTA Zhuhai,[11] the China Open and International Premier Tennis League.[12] It is also a partner of the Australian Open.[13]

GolfEdit

SINA Sports holds the live broadcasting rights for the PGA Tour and the Masters.

OthersEdit

Other rights include MUTV,[14] UFC,[15] NFL, Dakar Rally[16] and the Royal Ascot.

Recent Notable CampaignsEdit

SINA Sports has developed many partnerships with international athletes.

Guest commentator programEdit

Sina Sports signed several football personalities including Carlo Ancelotti,[17][18] Eden Hazard,[19] Gary Neville[20] and Michael Owen[21] to its guest commentator program to provide written columns and video analysis of the latest hot topics around European soccer as well as regular interaction with Chinese fans.[22]

Kobe Bryant commentates NBA Championship live in ChinaEdit

For game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals, SINA Sports arranged for Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant to commentate the game live for Chinese fans, which was streamed on the online and mobile sites. Kobe has his own SINA weibo account, which at the time had 3.5 million followers, sent out three messages during the game which garnered 9,347 comments. Overall, SINA reported 57 million unique views and 74,000 messages related to Kobe's commentating program were recorded on SINA Weibo.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/cn/app/xin-lang-ti-yu/id564760110?mt=8
  2. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cn.com.sina.sports
  3. ^ "SINA Sports Weibo". SINA Weibo. Sina.com.
  4. ^ "SINA Sports Video". SINA Weibo.
  5. ^ "SINA NBA". SINA Weibo.
  6. ^ "SINA Competition". SINA Weibo.
  7. ^ "新浪公司动态". corp.sina.com.cn.
  8. ^ "新浪公司动态". corp.sina.com.cn.
  9. ^ "Sina Sports secures UEFA Champions League rights in China". Yutang Sports.
  10. ^ "Sina, Tencent and LeTV claim Premier League rights deals". Yutang Sports.
  11. ^ "Sina Sports partners with 2015 WTA Elite Trophy". Yutang Sports.
  12. ^ http://en.ytsports.cn/news-1735.html?cid=1len=10style=0action=newslistpage=3order=falsescid=false
  13. ^ http://english.sina.com/sports/2016/0118/882830.html
  14. ^ http://english.sina.com/sports/p/2016/0118/882546.html
  15. ^ http://english.sina.com/sports/2016/0103/878258.html
  16. ^ http://english.sina.com/sports/2016/0112/880803.html
  17. ^ "Sina Sports announces exclusive content deal with Carlo Ancelotti". Yutang Sports.
  18. ^ "Ancelotti will comment the european football for Sina Sports - Carlo Ancelotti". Carlo Ancelotti. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  19. ^ "Eden Hazard joins Sina Sport's star squad". Yutang Sports.
  20. ^ "Sina Sports signs former captain of Manchester United". Yutang Sports.
  21. ^ "Sina Sports signs former captain of Manchester United". Yutang Sports.
  22. ^ "Sina Sports signs former captain of Manchester United". Yutang Sports.
  23. ^ Yang, Tommy (10 June 2015). "Kobe Bryant analyzes Game 3 of NBA Finals for fans in China". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 November 2015.

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