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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.