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FIFA weighing up 3D interest

FIFA weighing up 3D interest | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Fifa, world football's governing body, is concerned about the production costs for 3D coverage of the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil, and is assessing the interest from broadcasters before deciding on the extent of its 3D broadcasting at the tournament. (Article in French.)

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ZDF retains Champions League rights

German public broadcaster ZDF can continue to show Champions League matches on free-to-air television following the renewal of its rights agreement with the European football association UEFA.
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ZDF sport spending set to reach all-time high next year

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.

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Report highlights importance of international sports bodies to Swiss economy

Report highlights importance of international sports bodies to Swiss economy | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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. 

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BT Sport win rights to Champions League football: How TV’s balance of power has been shifted by £897m deal that blows Sky Sports out the water

BT Sport win rights to Champions League football: How TV’s balance of power has been shifted by £897m deal that blows Sky Sports out the water | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
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.
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BT wins £897m Champions League deal

BT wins £897m Champions League deal | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
BT Sport announces an exclusive three-year deal to broadcast live Champions League and Europa League football matches in the UK.
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Rogge slams Isinbayeva remarks

Rogge slams Isinbayeva remarks | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.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.

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iPlayer gets live radio sport boost

iPlayer gets live radio sport boost | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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.

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Public says £9bn Olympics worth it

Public says £9bn Olympics worth it | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
More than two-thirds of the UK public believe the £8.77bn cost of the London 2012 Olympics was worth the money, according to a BBC survey.
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Fifa loses UK World Cup TV battle

Fifa loses UK World Cup TV battle | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
Fifa and Uefa lose an appeal against a ruling that all World Cup and Euro Championship games should be shown on free-to-air TV in the UK
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MDR slams ARD over spending on football rights

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]

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The changing face of football media

The changing face of football media | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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. 

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Fewer adults playing sport since Olympics

Fewer adults playing sport since Olympics | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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.

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ESPN and Twitter extend collaboration

ESPN and Twitter extend collaboration | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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.

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BBC asks regulator to retain Olympic Games as listed events

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.
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FOX Sports expands Italian bouquet

FOX Sports expands Italian bouquet | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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.

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TF1's Téléfoot magazine show faces axe as pay-TV broadcasters seek to protect rights

TF1's Téléfoot magazine show faces axe as pay-TV broadcasters seek to protect rights | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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)

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EBU seals European Taekwondo deal

EBU seals European Taekwondo deal | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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.

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How sport fans engage with social media

How sport fans engage with social media | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Social media plays a larger role than ever in the lives of sports fans around the worldYouTube is an endless source of video highlights and bloopersTwitter is a gigantic news wire.


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FINA and the EBU extend media partnership

FINA and the EBU extend media partnership | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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.

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Social media, protests and transparency in Brazil

Social media, protests and transparency in Brazil | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Around 90 million Brazilians are on social media today, nearly the size of the Brazilian electorate, said the social media and data researcher.

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ESPN poaches data guru from NYT

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.

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Another apology from BBC Radio 5 live

Another apology from BBC Radio 5 live | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Another male BBC Radio 5 live presenter has apologied for comments made on-air about a female personality, just a month after a previous incident.

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Lance Armstrong: You can't win TDF without drugs

Lance Armstrong: You can't win TDF without drugs | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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

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His comments will not only infuriate rights holders, but also the Tour organisers, sponsors, the UCI and broadcasting rights holders, amongst others.

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ESPN pulls the plug on 3DTV

ESPN pulls the plug on 3DTV | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

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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YouTube becoming a sports broadcaster

YouTube is quietly brokering deals with major sports leagues in hopes of establishing itself as the top sports destination online. The move could shake up the pay-TV world

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