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Sky Sport News HD's Free-To-Air TV Debut Draws More Than 500,000 Viewers

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 06 / 16

German sports news channel Sky Sport News HD "celebrated a positive free-to-air TV launch," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The channel drew more than 500,000 viewers on average for the broadcast of the Bundesliga game between Bayern Munich and FSV Mainz. The game drew a 3.5% market share in th...

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DFB, Real Logo Dispute To Drag On

Related story: DFB Wins First Court Battle In Logo Dispute The dispute between the German Football Federation (DFB) and retail chain Real "will continue for a while longer," according to the DPA. A decision on whether the chain will be allowed to use the German eagle insignia ...

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Honda's Return Soured With Controversy

Honda is "still two months away from the first race" of its high-profile new partnership with McLaren but already the Japanese company "is at the heart of a controversy in Formula 1," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. A U-turn on an interpretation of a complex engine rule "has led to the Japane ...

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Paffett Calls New System 'Flawed'

Former McLaren test driver and '05 German Touring Car Championship (DTM) champion Gary Paffett said that F1's new points-based super license system for '16 "is flawed and needs a rethink," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. The 33-year-old Brit said that the FIA "was wrong to ignore the DTM in a ...

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Winter Sports With Strong Ratings On ZDF

German public broadcaster ZDF "recorded high ratings for its winter sports broadcasts on Saturday," according to David Grzeschik of QUOTENMETER. The most viewed event was ski flying, which attracted 3.57 million viewers starting at 3:55pm. The number translated into a market share of 21.6%. In the t ...

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F1's $100M Insurance Policy

New research revealed F1 race organizers "have been asked to arrange insurance policies" up to as much as $100M per Grand Prix, according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. With so many events in different jurisdictions "it would be highly complex for the F1 Group, which controls the series, to arrange i ...

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Radwanska Adds Workday As Sponsor

Tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska is apparently endorsing Silicon Valley-based software company Workday. The WTA Tour’s fifth-ranked player in the world was wearing the company’s logo on her dress in an Australian Open tune-up event this week. Workday is an NYSE-listed company with reven ...

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BL Execs Call For Moving Asian Cup, CAF

Football execs Hans-Joachim Watzke and Martin Kind of Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96, respectively, "have called for shifting the dates of future Asian Cup and Africa Cup of Nations tournaments," according to the SID. Watzke: "It is a catastrophe. We are paying the salaries, so o ...

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Hannover 96 Needs European Stage

Bundesliga side Hannover 96 President Martin Kind said that the club "has to return to European competitions, if possible as early as this season, in order to continue pursuing its long-term goals," according to Adrian Franke of GOAL. Kind: "We are longing to make a comeback on the European stage." ...

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ATP Increases Challenger Tour Prize Money

The ATP announced efforts to enhance the ATP Challenger Tour, including further increases in prize money. The increases will take place at the lowest category of tournaments, with minimum prize money levels increasing from $40,000 plus hospitality (paid hotel accommodation for main draw players) to ...

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Oberhof Needs To Invest $32M

Oberhof, Germany "wants to host its second biathlon world championships in '20 or '21," but it needs to invest €27.1M ($32M) "to upgrade its facilities," according to the DPA. Last year, the state government provided €50,000 for a feasibility study regarding a potential world championship ...

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