SOURCE: JumpTV

January 16, 2008 15:58 ET

SCP Worldwide Secures Multiple Partners for 2010 South American World Cup Qualifying Tournament Property

JumpTV to Become Equity Partner; Tournament Now Available in Over 70 Million U.S. TV Households and 60 Million Broadband Customers; Other Key Partners Include ESPN, iN Demand Networks, DirecTV and DISH Network

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 16, 2008) - SCP Worldwide (SCP), the New York based sports, media and entertainment company, today announced in connection with its prestigious 2010 South American World Cup Qualifying tournament (SAWCQ) property that it has secured a financial partnership as well as a new media distribution deal with JumpTV (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV); television distribution agreements with iN Demand Networks, DIRECTV® and DISH Network®; and a broad based programming, production and marketing agreement with ESPN.

The deals will make the highly sought-after property available to over 70 million U.S. TV households and 60 million broadband customers. Additionally, SCP and JumpTV are currently negotiating with other distributors for related tournament programming as well as additional broadband, mobile and sponsorship packages.

"We are big believers in the world's most popular sport in general and of this property in particular," said David W. Checketts, chairman, SCP Worldwide. "These partnerships show how other leaders in the industry also have placed a high value on it as well and are further evidence of the importance of the Hispanic audience and the growing success of the sport in this country."

In connection with the property, JumpTV, a leader in streaming premier sports events and international television over the Internet, has purchased a minority equity partnership from SCP and as a part of such will be the exclusive internet pay-per-view distributor on www.jumptv.com.

"With over 90 Hispanic television channels streaming live globally on JumpTV, we are uniquely positioned to optimize the marketing of the South American World Cup qualifying tournament," said Jordan Banks, chief executive officer of JumpTV. "We are delighted to be partnering with SCP, DirecTV, Dish Network, iN Demand Networks and ESPN to bring this valuable sports property to soccer fans across North America."

ESPN, "The Worldwide Leader in Sports", will now produce, distribute and assist SCP in marketing the property and will air, through ESPNDeportes, select live and replay games each round. The deal also features an extensive package of Friendly matches in 2008 and 2009 showcasing South American teams.

DIRECTV® and DISH Network® satellite TV service have obtained the satellite residential and commercial pay-per-view rights while iN Demand Networks has obtained the cable residential and commercial pay-per-view rights.

The tournament continues in June 2008 with 70 games scheduled to be played over 14 rounds (five games per round) through November 2009 and features the 10 South American Federations, who have won more World Cup's in the past 13 tournaments than any other continent and includes such world powerhouses -- Brazil and Argentina. JumpTV will offer all 70 games, while iN Demand Networks, DIRECTV® and DISH Network® will offer 56 with ESPNDeportes broadcasting 14.

Pricing for the pay-per-view packages will be determined by each provider at a later date.

About SCP Worldwide

Based in New York City, SCP Worldwide is a sports, media and entertainment company with worldwide assets that is owned and operated by David W. Checketts and his partners, Mike McCarthy, Ken Munoz, Chris Bevilacqua, Dean Howes and Alan Pace. Together they form an experienced management team with a proven track record in the sports, entertainment, media and financial fields with a combined impressive resume which includes Madison Square Garden and its cable networks MSG, FSN New York, the first-ever college sports network, CSTV, the first-ever college conference network, the MTN and financial stalwart Lehman Brothers.

SCP Worldwide's growing cadre of properties include: the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center and Kiel Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri; Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake and Sports Radio KALL 700 AM in Salt Lake City, Utah; a controlling interest in New York City based Running Subway, a live entertainment company which is once again producing "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" on Broadway this past Holiday Season; and heralded television and broadband production company, Tupelo-Honey Productions. In addition, SCP Worldwide has a long-term marketing partnership with world renowned soccer club Real Madrid.

SCP Worldwide is also constructing a soccer-specific stadium with related entertainment elements in Sandy, Utah.

About JumpTV

JumpTV is a leading distributor of live sports and international television over the Internet. With more than 300 television channels from 75+ countries and more than 175 partnerships with sports teams and leagues, JumpTV delivers full-screen sports, news and entertainment content on a real-time basis from all corners of the globe to computers and IP-enabled devices. For more information, visit www.jumptv.com and www.collegesportsdirect.com.

-SCP Worldwide-

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Eric Gelfand
    SCP Worldwide
    212-490-1414