PSL Final To Reach Worldwide Audience Via PSALive Web Streaming
25 May 2006
Squash enthusiasts around the world will be able to follow the action from this weekend's Premier League (PSL) final between Churchill Edgbaston Priory and Benz Bavarian Duffield as the result of a partnership between England Squash and the Professional Squash Association's official web streaming website www.psalive.tv
The final will take place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester on Saturday, starting at 5.30pm (GMT).
The line-ups are expected to be (Edgbaston Priory names first): Australian international Stewart Boswell (ranked 15 in the world) v England international Nick Matthew (world No7); England international Adrian Grant (WR16) v England No10 Jonathan Kemp (WR26); England international Peter Barker (WR23) v Welsh international Gavin Jones (WR40); England No18 Hadrian Stiff v former European Junior Champion Laurence Delasaux (WR78); and England internationals Vicky Botwright (WR5) v Tania Bailey (WR9).
"Streaming offers the next best thing to being there!" says Fiona Harrison, Sales & Marketing Director of Horizon Software, providers of the service. Fans are urged to simply register on www.psalive.tv and select from a menu of matches of tournaments and matches from PSA World Tour events, which will now include PSL matches. They can watch the live action, see slow motion replays, follow the live scoreboard and listen to expert commentary. All of this only costs £1 (or £1.50 in Hi-res) to watch a match live - or, if preferred, replays can be watched at a time to suit the viewer, for just 50p.
Adrian Christy, Director of Development & Competitions for England Squash, says: "The PSL season has been a very exciting one and it is fantastic that we are able to bring the final action live to thousands of squash fans from all over the world via the www.psalive.tv service."
Gawain Briars, Chief Executive of the PSA, says: "PSA is delighted that the opportunities of the pioneering new web streaming service, PSALive.tv, have been recognised by England Squash who have taken the positive and welcome step of signing up to the service. This will bring unprecedented coverage of the best league stars in the strongest league to the computer screens of fans not only in the UK but to a potential new international market of PSA squash fans around the globe."
Horizon Software, leaders in the sports IT industry, are providing the technical expertise and on-site team to run the service from the court-side of the all-glass Championship court at the National Squash Centre.
"This service has proved to be hugely popular with squash fans around the world since the launch of www.psalive.tv in 2005 and there are great benefits of www.psalive.tv membership, including an on-line shop selling DVDs of all matches; a live chat room - where you can discuss the matches being streamed live with people from around the world (there's a great sense of community!); downloads of interviews with players; and much more!" added Ms Harrison.
To reserve your seats for the on-line live streaming from Manchester this Saturday 27th May, simply log onto www.premiersquashleague.com and follow the link to PSALIVE.TV!