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The Professional Squash Association announced that the BBC has become the latest broadcaster to add Squash coverage to its programming after confirming an agreement to cover next month's AJ Bell PSA World Squash Championship in Manchester, U.K. The championship, the premier annual event on the PSA World Tour, will take place at Manchester Central, the city's former Manchester Central railway station, from Oct. 26-Nov. 3 -- and will feature the world's leading players from countries including Britain, Egypt, Australia, France, Germany, Colombia, South Africa, Spain, Botswana, Malaysia, Netherlands, Switzerland, India, Finland, Hong Kong, U.S. and more. The new agreement will lead to coverage from the quarterfinal stage across the BBC Red Button, IPTV and the BBC Sport website. There will also be a highlights program following the event on BBC Two & BBC Two HD (PSA).
BBC's leading pundit Alan Hansen "is to retire" after the 2014 World Cup, according to Michael Butler of the London GUARDIAN. Having "been a central figure" in the BBC's football coverage since the inception of the Premier League in '92, the former Liverpool captain "will not pursue a new contract to remain on Match of the Day when his deal expires in July." Having "shelved plans to quit three years ago," the 58-year-old said, "I'm retiring from Match of the Day at the end of the season. I will have been there for 22 years and will be 59, so it's the right time for me." The former center-half said that "he rejected the chance to manage Manchester City when Brian Horton was sacked in 1995 and also turned down an approach from Sky" (GUARDIAN, 9/4). EUROSPORT reported Hansen reportedly earns £40,000 ($62,000) an episode for the network (EUROSPORT, 9/4).
German sports network Sport1 has signed an agreement with Austrian telecom comany A1 that will see pay-TV channel Sport1 US distributed throughout Austria as part of A1's TV offerings. More than 220,000 customers use A1's TV service. Sport1 US will be available on A1's premium TV package (Sport1). ... Second Bundesliga club FC Cologne has signed a partnership deal with social media network foursquare starting with the '13-14 season. Cologne is the first professional German football club to offer its fans the opportunity to connect with other fans through virtual check-ins (FC Cologne).