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BT Vision has signed BBC Broadcaster Jake Humphrey to a four-year, £250,000 ($406,000) annual deal "to anchor its coverage of Premier League football starting next season," according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. Humphrey recently presented part of the BBC's London Games coverage, but is best known for fronting F1. His deal with BT begins in January. Humphrey, 33, who has been "speculated as being on a salary of about £250,000," will anchor coverage of BT's 38 games per season (GUARDIAN, 9/18). In L.A., Stuart Kemp reported that Humphrey is "lined up to be the studio face of BT Vision’s Barclays Premier League programming" from the start of the '13-14 season in August. In addition to hosting live coverage of the 38 games, Humphrey will "also be involved with the channel’s other football programming." BT Vision CEO Marc Watson said: "He [Humphrey] impressed us with his willingness to get deeply involved in the development of our live football programming, and we took into account his track record of excellent presenting across many sports. He fits our plans for the new channel perfectly, and we are very excited to be working with him" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/18). Humphrey said, "I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team at BT, not just because I get to fulfill a lifelong dream of presenting the Barclays Premier League, but because of the fresh perspective that BT will bring to both sport and broadcasting in this country" (London DAILY MIRROR, 9/18).
BIG BLOW FOR BBC: In London, Rik Sharma reported that losing Humphrey "is another blow" for the BBC after pundit Lee Dixon announced in July he was leaving to join rival ITV's football coverage team. BBC Dir General George Entwhistle has admitted it is "impossible to cope with the challenge from Sky and BT." Entwhistle told Radio Times, "Look at the latest BT/Sky Premier League deal, that comes in at about £6.5M ($10.5M) per football game. We are simply no longer in that class" (DAILY MAIL, 9/18).
NOT DONE WITH F1: The Scotland DAILY RECORD reported that Humphrey "will continue to front F1 racing until his contract runs out at the end of the year." Humphrey "was reported to be upset" at the loss of much of the BBC's F1 coverage, but last year he told BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles the BBC had "no option" but to accept the deal. He said: "I guess it's a money thing. The amount of money the BBC have now is not what they had to spend a few years ago" (DAILY RECORD, 9/18).
Spain's top basketball league the ACB "has given the green light" to a contract that will give the broadcasting rights of the league to broadcasters TVE and FORTA, according to Carlos Alberto Sánchez of ADSLZONE.tv. A meeting was held on Monday where the deal was ratified, giving the green light "to a broadcasting format that will be dominated by TVE." The ACB's leaders "will be happy as they gain more notoriety with the broadcasting of each week's best game on TVE's channel La 1." The channel will offer one game per matchweek giving the league "more visibility." TVE will have the broadcasting rights to one game played on Sundays at 7pm (the La 1 broadcast), as well as a Saturday game that will air on Teledeporte. FORTA will have the "second pick of each matchweek" and will offer a game on Sundays at 12:15pm. This will allow most Spanish regions to "be able to follow three games from the ACB each week" (ADSLZONE.tv, 9/18).
New BBC Dir General George Entwistle said that the corporation "should increase its coverage of women's sport" in the wake of its successful coverage of the London Games, according to Jason Deans of the London GUARDIAN. In his first interview since starting his job Monday, Entwistle said that the BBC "could not compete with Sky to buy the rights to some sports," but added that "there may be an opportunity [to] tap into the growing interest in women's sport, where the cost of buying up the rights is likely to be lower." Entwistle: "While I am director general, the BBC will carry on having a serious commitment to sport. Look at growing interest in women's sport and what opportunities might there be for us in the future as different sports come to the public's attention. Women's sport could be a real opportunity for the BBC." Entwistle added that he was "keen to repeat the success" of the live Olympic red button channels for other major sporting events, such as Wimbledon. Entwistle said, "When you've got amazing content, how do you make sure you get as much of it as possible to your audience in as uninterrupted a way as possible? Perfect challenge for the next Wimbledon" (GUARDIAN, 9/18).
The '13 football marketing plan for Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo will include six different sponsorship packages valued at R$192.5M ($94.8M) each, according to Barbara Sacchitiello of MEIO & MENSAGEM. That amount is a 10% increase over what the broadcaster charged last season. Globo's current partners (Ambev, Coca-Cola, Itau, Johnson & Johnson, Vivo and Volkswagen) will have priority in re-signing deals. In its entirety, the brodcaster's marketing plan for '13 "could generate" R$1.16B ($571M) (MEIO & MENSAGEM, 9/17). MAQUINADOESPORTE.com.br reported that the packages do not include the rights to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup as FIFA "demands that commercial packages for its events are initially offered to its partners." The marketing plan for the Confederations Cup "should be divulged" in December. The six sponsorship packages "only cover" state championships, national championships and int'l championships that Globo has the rights to (MAQUINADOESPORTE, 9/17).
The PGA has agreed to a new multi-year deal with IMG Media that will give IMG int'l broadcast rights for the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup when hosted in the U.S. and Senior PGA Championship through '16. The contract enables IMG to broadcast the Sept. 25-30 Ryder Cup to more than 140 countries and territories outside the U.S, U.K. and Europe. PGA Senior Dir for Business Development Kevin Carter said, "The global demand for golf programming continues to grow significantly, and the amount of interest in the Ryder Cup from sports fans around the world is both impressive and unprecedented" (PGA).
Basketball Bundesliga club Brose Baskets Bamberg "became the first German basketball club Monday to launch an online TV channel," according to Peter Seidel of INFRANKEN.de. At www.brosebaskets.tv, the club will stream up to 10 live games that are not broadcast by league TV partner Sport1. Brose Baskets TV Manager Thorsten Vogt said, "We plan on broadcasting pregame shows as well as short game summaries of all home and away games, which will be available two hours after the conclusion of games." This new service is not free-of-charge, a one-year subscription costs €25 ($32.65) (INFRANKEN.de, 9/17).
FANTASY BASKETBALL: The Beko Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) launched, in cooperation with title sponsor Beko and online basketball portal Crossover-Basketball.de, a free fantasy basketball game called "Beko BBL-Managerspiel." You can join the game at manager.beko-bbl.de. ... Beko BBL also revealed that the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung will play host for the Beko BBL Allstar Day on Jan. 19. The Beko BBL Allstar Day includes the Beko BBL Allstar Game between the league's best foreign players and German players, Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Contest and NBBL Allstar Game, which features the best players of the Youth Basketball Bundesliga (NBBL) (Beko BBL).
The London 2012 Paralympic Games proved to be an online success with record figures for its website and social media channels. Figures published on Tuesday for the period Aug. 29 to Sept. 9 show:
- Nearly 2 million people visited www.paralympic.org
- Close to 9 million views of videos featuring London 2012 sporting action or ceremonies uploaded to www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv
- 130% growth of IPC’s official Facebook group
- Four-figure growth of athlete Facebook fan pages
- 50% increase in followers of @paralympic
- More than 300,000 views of behind the scenes videos provided by athlete Samsung Bloggers