ISL Season 2 Will Be Broadcasted In Over 140 Countries

The International Swimming League (ISL) has reached broadcast deals that will allow its second season of competition to be aired in over 140 countries.

Among the companies that will air the 13-match season include broadcasting giant CBS in the United States, BBC and Eurosport in Europe, CBC in Canada, and beIN Sports for nations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The season will span five weeks, with action set to begin on Friday, October 16, and the league finale on November 21-22. Upon the release of the full schedule on Wednesday, it was revealed that all 13 matches will be in Budapest after it was initially a possibility that the final would be in Tokyo.

Several of this season’s broadcasters remain the same as last season, with the most notable change being the move to CBS in the United States after matches were primarily on ESPN3 in the U.S. last year.


  • Africa
    • Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Tunisia: BeIn Sports
    • Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho , Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe: SuperSport
  • Americas
    • USA: CBS
    • Canada: CBC
    • Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Republica Dominicana, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela: Claro Sports 
    • Brazil: TV Globo
    • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Navassa Island, Puerto Rico, Saba, San Andrés, Providencia, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadine, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island and United States Virgin: ESPN
  • Asia
    • Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Singapore: BeIn Sports
    • Japan: TV Asahi
    • India: Eurosport India
  • Europe
    • France, French Overseas Territories, Monaco, Andorra and Turkey:  BeIn Sports
    • Italia: Sky
    • UK: BBC, Eurosport
    • Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark: Eurosport
    • Russia: Match TV
    • Belarus: Belarus TV and Radio CompanySport 1
    • Hungary: M4
    • Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Estonia: SPORT 1
    • Lithuania: Sport 1
    • Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia: Sportklub
  • Middle East
    • Barhain, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, the Palestinian territories, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen: BeIn Sports 
    • Israel: Sport 1
  • Oceania
    • Australia: Seven, BeIn Sports
    • New Zealand: ESPN

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Bbtv 24
1 year ago

Great post.

1 year ago

CBS not showing ISL this Saturday on their channel. Why?

1 year ago

Yar, don’t see anything for Germany. But then again I didn’t see any olympic swimming medals for Germany in 2016.
Maybe there’s a correlation.

1 year ago

What’s the rest of Europe going to do? I live in Austria and last year we could watch it on Eurosport… and then it said, Eurosport had a 2 year contract with the ISL! Now it seems like I bought that Eurosport subscription for nothing. Very disappointing!

Last edited 1 year ago by FSt
Reply to  FSt
1 year ago

So, I wrote to Europsort and they told me that they didn’t have the license for this year. I made a bit of a stink and sent them their own press release that they have a 2 year contract and they paid me back my subscription fee (for anyone who’s got the same problem)
Still doesn’t solve my problem of how I’ll be able to watch the ISL though… 🙁

Reply to  FST
1 year ago

The ISL told us that the 2nd year was simply an ‘option,’ and that the option wasn’t picked up. When we replied asking whose choice it was to not pick up the option, they didn’t respond.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Even though there are a couple of German swimmers in the ISL, it’s not exactly a super popular sport anymore here in the German-speaking parts of the world… I just don’t understand what’s so difficult about just putting it online with the English commentary. There are 100 million people living in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland combined… that’s not such an insignificant number of potential viewers to just not give us any option of watching it.
But thanks for putting in the effort and asking the ISL what’s going on there!

Reply to  FST
1 year ago

I don’t want to hog this topic but apparently there is supposed to be a separate platform/outlet run by the ISL where countries with no TV option can watch it, according to a German swimming news site.
The details will be available sometime between now and tomorrow, apparently. Also, they said that ISL is still negotiating with other TV stations and that there might be updates throughout the season.

Reply to  FSt
1 year ago

I live in Switzerland and really hope something you are right and we get a way of watching!

Reply to  FSt
1 year ago

It doesn’t list your country – but it says Eurosport under the UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark

1 year ago

For anyone who has Xfinity, what channel would that be 2 or something else?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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