About World Series Hockey™
A joint initiative between the Indian Hockey Federation (“IHF”) and Nimbus Sport, World Series Hockey™ was conceived with the objective of reinvigorating the sport of Hockey in India and creating a financially self sustaining ecosystem for Hockey to thrive and grow to become the “sport of choice” for young Indians.
An annual event, World Series Hockey™ will feature “city–based” teams playing against each other in a “home and away” league, culminating into a multi header playoff to determine the World Series Hockey™ Champion.
Some of the key features of the Event are:
- A league featuring the finest players of India and from across the world.
- Multi-city league on a franchisee-based model, beginning with 8 teams from across India.
- Players to be allocated to teams based on a ‘Draft’ system, modelled successfully by various other sporting\leagues globally.
- 200 players from India and across the world are expected to participate in the inaugural edition of the Event
- Each World Series Hockey™ match will be produced LIVE for broadcast
- The Event will be televised LIVE across 30 countries on multiple media platforms.
World Series Hockey™: the Opportunity
World Series Hockey™ is specifically designed to provide a wealth of opportunities for the 4 most important stake holders of the sport of Hockey:
The Opportunities for Players:
- The League will provide additional employment and financial opportunities to players in India and abroad. This will be a significant boon particularly for the players in India who’s income from hockey is less than the minimum wage
of most developed countries
- Lucrative financial incentives
- Showcase hockey talent to a global audience
- Opportunity for players to focus on hockey and become professionals, which in turn raises level of game
The Opportunity for Fans:
- The opportunity for fans to follow and watch LIVE hockey matches of the highest quality in their own city, locally or nationally, across various media platforms
- For the first time the Indian sports fan gets to support and cheer on India’s national sport
- Showcasing a global event staged to the highest of international standards in your own backyard
- Improving and increasing sporting infrastructure and eco-system thus raising the quality of the sport and the spectator experience
The Opportunity for Franchisees & Sponsors:
- With only 8 teams in the league, each franchise grows into a priceless asset
- Franchisee’s opportunity to participate in revenues of the league and territory
- Opportunity for sponsors to associate with the best hockey league in India and world
- Opportunity to engage with fans, players and Hockey, India’s national sport
- A truly professional platform to support Hockey; highest quality of event and sponsor benefit delivery
The Opportunity for Hockey in India and World Hockey:
- For the first time, significant guaranteed investment into infrastructure, players and hockey
- Reinvigorating Indian Hockey - Chak De!
- World Series Hockey™ to provide a world-class platform for hockey not only in India but across the globe
- Fuelling the growth of the sport by inspiring future generations to take up Hockey