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Australian horseracing channel TVN "plans to move from the Foxtel platform to the digital spectrum," according to Chris Roots of THE AGE. The media company, which includes TVN, a couple of form publications and a website, "is owned by Australian Turf Club." It is "perfectly placed to take advantage of the new media landscape." The preferred option would place TVN on free-to-air TV "as part of the rollout of the digital spectrum" in '15. It means the idea of Victoria and New South Wales racing controlling the rights "could reap a massive return for the industry in terms of exposure." The company "has a free-to-air association with Channel Seven." It is believed TVN officials "have already sounded out Seven about a permanent place on its digital spectrum" (THE AGE, 10/7).
For a man painted by some as "one of the catalysts for the demise of the Heineken Cup in its present form," BT TV CEO Marc Watson "is remarkably unfazed," according to Mark Souster of the LONDON TIMES. Watson said, "We are comfortable we didn't cause the issues that are there. It is presented as us having a role in the problems with that tournament. Those problems clearly pre-existed." He "does appreciate, though, that this is a seminal moment for rugby in the northern hemisphere and he wants BT to be heavily involved in whatever emerges." Watson: "We think we give a great option and options are a good things. We are a big business willing to invest in the sport." Watson said that "it would be absurd if there was no European Cup next year." Watson: "That does not make sense for anybody. Faced with reaching agreement or having no European Cup, everyone is incentivised to reach agreement." The deal for league and European rights with Premiership Rugby is worth £152 M ($243M). How that is split, Watson "will not divulge." Watson: "But everyone who takes part will do very well out of that" (LONDON TIMES, 10/4).
The "popular perception" is that STAR India got the Board of Control for Cricket in India sponsorship deal for int'l and domestic matches cheap at Rs 2 crore ($326,000) a match, "but the other way of looking at it would be that the entertainment network actually bailed out BCCI from a deep crisis," according to Digbijay Mishra of the Indian BUSINESS STANDARD. This "is not the first such crisis" for the BCCI. Earlier in the year, "it saw a drastic drop in insurance cover amount for the cricketing extravaganza, the Indian Premier League." At its peak, the IPL had a cover of Rs 900 crore ($14.7M), but that dropped to Rs 550-600 crore ($90M-98M) "owing to the lack of interest of advertisers in IPL and the continuous erosion of credibility." The reason for the current blow to the BCCI "is clearly the recent controversies it has found itself in." Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya said that the reasons for such a crisis "were more than one." Dalmiya said, "There is more than one reason for this situation. Of course, the recent controversies are there, playing a key role for fueling such crisis." According to an analyst at Angel Broking, "economic slowdown and too much of cricket all round the year has made matters worse for the richest cricket controlling body in the country." The analyst said, "Controversies have had the most impact, but I think, there is too much of cricket going on through out the year. People are not even aware of the participating countries or clubs at times." For STAR India, the deal could not have "worked out better." Apart from getting the main deal done at a base price, "it has advantages like it can sell the on-ground rights, pitch branding and on its channels" (BUSINESS STANDARD, 10/5).
MP & Silva announced on Friday that FIFA has selected it to be the official and exclusive FIFA sales representative for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups TV rights for the territory of Italy. MP & Silva will manage the distribution of the TV and media rights of the 2018 World Cup (held in Russia) and 2022 World Cup (held in Qatar) inside the Italian territory (MP & Silva). ... Great Britain's Sky Sports, a subscription sports network that has been involved in boxing for many years, "extended its deal with promoter Matchroom Sport" (ESPN, 10/4).