ZDF, the German public-service broadcaster, is set to spend €328 million on sport next year . The spending on sport is to reach an historic, all-time high because of production and rights costs associated with the 2014 winter Olympics, the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2014 European Athletics Championships. The broadcaster is set to spend €164 million on the trio of events, according to the budget.
International sports organisations based in Switzerland generated income of about SFr4.7 billion ($5.1 billion) in 2011, most of which came from abroad and most of which was reinvested in sport, according to a new report commissioned by Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, and conducted by the Rütter + Partner research institute, based near Zurich, where Fifa’s headquarters are also to be found. The report, ‘The economic importance of international sports organisations in Switzerland,’ found that the 67 organisations included in the study employ 1,800 people, with Uefa, European soccer’s governing body based in Nyon, the largest employer with about 25 per cent of the total (450 employees), followed by the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (22 per cent, 396 employees) and then by Fifa itself (18 per cent, 324 employees). In 2011, the organisations generated a total gross value added of about SFr1.46 billion and 8,000 jobs (full-time equivalents, or FTEs), the study found.
The game changed irrevocably when BT agreed to pay £897 million to secure exclusive rights to broadcast the Champions’ and Europa Leagues for three seasons, from 2015. It will be football, Jim, but not as we know it.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has criticised Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva for making comments supporting Russia's new anti-gay laws. Although Isinbayeva issued a clarification of her comments, made after she won her third World title in Moscow two weeks ago, Rogge is stillconsidering whether to remove her as an ambassador for the Youth Olympic Games and as mayor of the Olympic village in Sochi.
Programme requests on the BBC’s catch-up service, the iPlayer, were up 38% year-on-year in July to 242 million with sports content boosting live viewing. Sport resulted in the proportion of live requests to TV and radio going up month-over-month to 15% and 85% respectively with the Wimbledon men’s tennis final alone generating almost 800,000 requests via iPlayer – in addition to views on the BBC Sport site. The Ashes cricket helped the BBC hit a record 77 million radio requests in July, with requests from mobiles also the highest they have ever been.
ARD, the German public-service broadcaster, has come in for criticism from one of its member regional networks for its level of spending on top soccer broadcast rights. The council of MDR has submitted a document flagging up what it feels is the imbalanced share of ARD’s sports rights budget that is spent on soccer and the negative effect that it has on the breadth of sports coverage shown on public-service television. The paper claims that around 70 per cent of the budget is spent on soccer rights, but that the sport only contributes to 29 per cent of ARD’s sports programming output. MDR’s council is looking for a reduction in the soccer rights budget in the long term, along with transparent information on the anticipated production costs when authorizing ARD’s sports rights purchases. [In German]
There used to be a very well defined football media in England. The established mainstream media had a vice-like grip over opinion and the news agenda. Clubs had little direct access to supporters, so were beholden to journalists who had an influential voice. But the landscape has shifted, and it is continuing to evolve.
There are now fewer adults playing sport regularly than before the London 2012 Olympics, according to new figures, but the government claims it is still on track to buck the trend of previous Games and inspire more grassroots participation.
ESPN and Twitter are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related videos on the short-messaging service—part of a growing wave of tie-ups as TV networks and Twitter hunt for new advertising revenue.
The UK regulator, Ofcom, has published a consultation on a request from the BBC for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Summer Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020, and the Winter Olympics in 2014 and 2018. These are listed events for the purpose of section 97 of the Broadcasting Act 1996. The first of these, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, starts on 7 February 2014. In accordance with section 101 of the Broadcasting Act 1996, Ofcom’s consent is needed for exclusive live coverage of these events. The Code on Listed Events sets out the matters that Ofcom will take into account in deciding whether or not to grant consent.
Just four months after its initial entry into the market, FOX Sports is expanding its offering in Italy with the launch of a second network, FOX Sports 2. The launch of FOX Sports 2 in Italy follows the ongoing sports expansion strategy of the channel’s parent company, FOX International Channels (FIC), which over the past two years has increased the brand’s footprint from 17 million households outside of the US to over 71 million subscribers.
TF1, the French free-to-air commercial broadcaster, could consider scrapping Téléfoot, its long-running weekly soccer magazine show, should it lose the rights to show short clips from French soccer's top-tier Ligue 1, it has been claimed. Earlier this year, new legislation issued by the CSA, the French broadcast regulator, guaranteed that non-rights holding broadcasters could show ‘brief extracts’ of no longer than 90 seconds in length of sports events during news or sports magazine programmes. (Article in French)
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Taekwondo Union (ETU) have formed a partnership covering the global multiplatform media rights, services and distribution of the ETU Taekwondo Senior European Championships.
INA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are pleased to announce the extension of their long standing partnership for the distribution of the European media rights until 2017.
Nate Silver's move from The New York Times to ESPN is turning the reporter-statistician into the editor in chief of his FiveThirtyEight.com site, relaunching in "impending months," Silver said during a press call with ESPN President John Skipper on Monday afternoon.
Nobody can win the Tour de France without taking performance-enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong, the disgraced seven-times winner of the race has said. His comments will infuriate last year's winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, who insists that the sport is now clean
His comments will not only infuriate rights holders, but also the Tour organisers, sponsors, the UCI and broadcasting rights holders, amongst others.
ESPN has announced it will end its 3D TV service by the end of 2013. Officially, ESPN says that it is keeping its options open if 3DTV does ever take off, but the company has confirmed that it is discontinuing the offering due to limited viewer adoption, Rapid TV News reports. In a tweet, ESPN spokeswoman Katina Arnold said simply: “ESPN 3D was great at home but due to low adoption of 3D to home, we are discontinuing to focus on other products for fans and affiliates.”
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