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Italy antitrust body rejects Mediaset claims against Sky Italia

Sky Italia, the Italian pay-television broadcaster, has been cleared of abusing its dominant position in buying rights to soccer's 2010 and 2014 World Cups and the Uefa Champions League, Europe's top clubs competition, after a long-running investigation carried out by the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, the Italian antitrust authority. AGCM has rejected claims by Mediaset, the media group controlled by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, that News Corporation-owned Sky Italia had taken advantage of its position in the domestic pay-television market by acquiring exclusive rights to the World Cup across all delivery mechanisms. The investigation was widened in 2011 to include Sky Italia's acquisition of multi-platform rights to the Champions League from 2012-13 to 2014-15, but the competition watchdog has cleared the pay-television broadcaster of antitrust behaviour in its acquisition of rights to both competitions.
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When clouds have silver linings

When clouds have silver linings | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Losing expensive sports rights can sometimes kindle new opportunities. YLE experienced this in 2011 when the company lost the Ice Hockey World Championship rights to the commercial company, MTV3/Bonnier.

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I'm probably wrong, but I can't think of many sport programmes on TV or radio that are aimed at women, which makes YLE's Urheilukatu 2 a little bit special. Jere Nurminen explains how the show came about and discusses its ratings.

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Vers la disparition du sport gratuit à la télévision ?

Vers la disparition du sport gratuit à la télévision ? | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

À quelques exceptions près (Tour de France, Roland-Garros), les équipes de France de football et de rugby constituent le dernier bastion des chaînes gratuites, car l’ensemble du sport est en train de passer sous la bannière des chaînes payantes.

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Will mainstream sport disappear from our free-to-air TV screens?asks French Roman Catholic newspaper.
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Football must 'catch up' with society

Football must 'catch up' with society | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights believes football is behind the times and must "catch up" with modern society.

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BT continues to challenge BSkyB for sports rights by acquiring ESPN channels

BT continues to challenge BSkyB for sports rights by acquiring ESPN channels | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

BT's emergence as a serious challenger to BSkyB for sports rights continued after it was announced that the telecommunications giant has acquired ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels business.

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New stats service for NBA fans

New stats service for NBA fans | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and software giant SAP have launched a new platform which aims to provide fans with unprecedented levels of access to the statistics behind the sport. Offered free to all fans and media, the NBA’s unparalleled statistical offering will feature the league’s entire official statistics history, previously only available to league and NBA team personnel.

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Lance Armstrong's PR disaster

Lance Armstrong's PR disaster | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Lance Armstrong's doping admission to Oprah was a public relations nightmare in the making. While we can all agree that Lance would have been better-off not cheating at all (or at least confessing sooner), it's fairly clear that once he cheated and lied, he probably should have kept lying if he wanted to maintain his public standing.

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TV pirates prey on Africa Cup

TV pirates prey on Africa Cup | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Television rights to the Africa Cup of Nations have caused a stir as organisers battle illegal broadcasters using hi-tech modern-day piracy

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Sports journalism under scrutiny

Sports journalism under scrutiny | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Sports journalism has always inhabited a murky ethical zone that can make hard-news reporters uneasy. By nature of their jobs, sports reporters typically have a closer relationship with the players, coaches, venues and institutions they cover compared to their peers on the City Hall or crime beats. Their rules on everything from free food to fraternizing with sources are often more liberal than those for news reporters.

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FIS and EBU to promote World Snow Day

The International Ski Federation (FIS) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed a partnership to promote the FIS Snow Day on 20th January 2013.
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European Games won't compete with Olympics

European Games won't compete with Olympics | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
European Olympic Committees (EOC) president Patrick Hickey has insisted that the new European Games concept will not compete with the Olympics for athletes or commercial revenue when it makes its debut in Baku in 2015. The EOC voted last weekend to approve the long-running bid to establish a European Games, with the Azerbaijani capital the only bid received for the inaugural event, which is intended to be a testing ground for the concept.
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World Cup likely to stay free-to-air

World Cup likely to stay free-to-air | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
EU countries can require events of major importance to be shown on free-to-air television, according to Niilo Jaeaeskinen, an advocate general at the EU Court of Justice.
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EBU extends ASO cycling deal

EBU extends ASO cycling deal | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have renewed their broadcasting agreement for the Critérium du Dauphiné, the next edition of which will be held from 2 to 9 June 2013.

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talkSPORT takes Premier League to China

talkSPORT takes Premier League to China | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Commentary of Premier League games will be heard in the People’s Republic of China thanks to a new international talkSPORT deal. The station has partnered with Adrep China Advertising Services Limited, an advertising sales, marketing and business support services company with offices in Beijing and Shanghai, to develop national sports radio marketing services in the People’s Republic of China.

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My team, my publisher: The new world of competition between leagues and media in sports

My team, my publisher: The new world of competition between leagues and media in sports | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
As audiences find new ways to enjoy sports content, companies like ESPN, Vox Media, and NBC Sports are competing with the leagues, conferences, and teams they cover to deliver games, news, and alerts on new platforms.
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World’s richest man enters Olympic TV rights market

World’s richest man enters Olympic TV rights market | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, has made a stunning entry into the Olympic broadcast market by snapping up rights to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and Rio 2016 Summer Games across 17 countries in Latin America through his conglomerate, America Movil.

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Boateng: "Racism is like malaria, Let's act, not react"

"Racism can’t be ignored. It won’t go away like a headache. Instead it’s more like malaria. It’s contagious and spreads. We have a duty to fight it." These statements came from Kevin Prince Boateng at the UN in Geneva where he gathered with the top directors of FIFA and UEFA to speak on racism in sport at the ways to defeat it.

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Pay-TV grabs Formula 1 rights in France

Pay-TV grabs Formula 1 rights in France | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

La chaîne cryptée a décroché le contrat pour une trentaine de millions d'euros à la première chaîne qui diffusait les Grands Prix depuis 1992.

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Armstrong says he is 'fall guy'

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Lance Armstrong admits doping

Lance Armstrong admits doping | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Lance Armstrong has admitted for the first time that he used steroids, EPO and PED during his cycling career. He claimed in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey that he would not have been able to win seven Tour de France titles without cheating, such was the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport at the time.

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The Guardian suggests that Oprah was the real dope for allowing Armstrong to evade answers to some of her questions, but I seriously doubt that any other broadcaster could have elicited a confession from the man. Forget the nitpicking over details, Armstrong has spilled the beans.

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Alex Martin's curator insight, January 9, 10:22 AM

I think this article gives a great example of a pro athlete who's career is now tarnished due to his use of steroids throughout his cycling career. Dating back to 1999, Lance has been given drug test after drug test. Even after failing multiple times, he began using his illness and rehabilitation as an excuse. Up until early 2013, Armstrong had denied all the alligations to steroids. In an interview with Oprah, he admitted to all the alligations, which included cheating on well over half of the drug tests.

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World Snow Day triples its impact

An International Ski Federation (FIS) initiative to promote snow sports among young people, of which the EBU is a partner, has inspired 435 events in 39 countries this coming Sunday (20 January) – three times the number in 2012.

The FIS announced the figures this week as winter resorts around the world make final preparations for the event, which occurs on the third Sunday in January each year.

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World Snow Day partners with EBU

The International Ski Federation (FIS) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will join forces to promote snow sports among the younger generations through FIS World Snow Day, which will take place for the second time on 20 January 2013.

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BBC to air women's Euro matches

BBC to air women's Euro matches | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
The BBC is to broadcast all of England's Uefa European Women's Championship games when the team heads to Sweden in July.
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The BBC announces a new watershed in the coverage of women's sport.

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Interest in cycling is growing

Interest in cycling is growing | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
The European Broadcasting Union appears undeterred by the recent doping revelations which have dominated cycling in 2012, announcing that it has extended its deal to provide coverage of the Amstel Gold Race until 2016, according to the Associated Press.
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EBU strikes deal to show cycling races

The European Broadcasting Union showed its faith in cycling on Wednesday, announcing a third long-term race broadcasting deal since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
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