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Volume 10 No. 25


The Chilean National Association of Professional Football (ANFP) has agreed to a $106M media rights deal with broadcaster Mega, according to José Antonio Acosta of LA TERCERA. The deal was brokered after a number of weeks "of intense and behind closed doors" conversations. The broadcaster will have "absolutely all the rights to the national football team" during the Russia World Cup qualifying process ('14-18). According to sources involved in the negotiations, Mega will pay $106M to have the exclusive worldwide media rights of all forms to the national team. The model of selling all the media rights to the national teams in one package "is not new." Former ANFP President Reinaldo Sánchez sold a similar package for the rights to the national team's media rights during its qualifying campaign to the 2010 South Africa World Cup. That particular deal with broadcaster Canal 13 was worth $21M (LA TERCERA, 12/7).

The Premier League has put the media rights to the EPL in France up for bidding, according to Etienne Moatti of L'EQUIPE. The league contacted the broadcasters on Monday and made them aware that they had until Jan. 22 to send their bids for the rights to the EPL over the next three seasons. Currently, broadcaster Canal+ pays €24M ($31M) annually for the rights to the EPL. The contract "is bar far the largest" for a foreign league in France. If Canal+ wants to retain the rights, "it will have to count on competition from beIN Sport, which is now its biggest rival in the market of sports rights" (L'EQUIPE, 12/10).

Cricket Australia officials "weren't exactly dancing in the street" about the first TV ratings on the opening weekend of the Big Bash League, but were still "pleased that the ratings hadn't gone over a cliff," according to Wayne Smith of THE AUSTRALIAN. The average BBL match on Fox Sports 2 over the weekend attracted 252,000 viewers, a drop of 30,000 on last year's full-season average. By the second half of that debut season, the average audience had dropped to around 250,000. At first glance, the ratings for the opening weekend of Big Bash "would not have pleased" Cricket Australia officials. That is because attendance was, in some cases, down tens of thousands down from last year -- the inaugural season of the BBL -- and also "well below scaled-down expectations." The first TV ratings for '12-13 "carried on where last season's numbers left off." Big Bash Senior Manager Anthony Everard said, "We feel we got off to a solid start. It's hard to draw any firm conclusions from just four matches (out of a 35-match season), but we feel it is a good product and had a lot of very positive feedback about innovations like helmet-cam and the light-up stumps. We're confident the initial figures will hold up or improve." Everard noted criticism from Sydney Sixers CEO Stuart Clark that the Big Bash had started before school holidays in many parts of the country. Everard: "With such a young competition, we still are very open to what suits our target audience, and there is no doubt that families and school children are key demographics" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/11).

The Spanish Competition Commission (CNC) has "opened legal proceedings" against broadcasters Canal+, Telefónica and Mediapro, according to EL PERIODICO. The CNC began investigating following complaints from other cable operators including: Cableuropa, France Telecom Spain, Euskaltel and Telecable (EL PERIODICO, 12/7). ADVANCED TELEVISON's David Del Valle reported that the CNC accuses Canal+ of "abuse of dominant position" in the re-sale of TV rights to La Liga and the Copa del Rey by setting "unequal conditions" when exploiting the TV rights through Canal+ Liga. The CNC is also "probing restricted practices" in the deal between Canal+ and Telefonica to exploit the TV channels Canal+ Liga and Canal+ Liga de Campeones with conditions that "could unjustifiably exclude third party pay-TV operators." The CNC has 18 months "to take a final decision" (ADVANCED TELEVISION, 12/10).

Bloomberg Sports Monday unveiled its new blog, Stats Insights. The blog will contain original content and analysis for the five major European football leagues as well as the NFL, MLB and NBA. Other sports will be added in the future as well. Match Analysis provides extensive statistics and charts, as well as the projected probability of results for each game in the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1. Built from in-depth analysis of current and historical data, the Match Analysis projections flow from the predictive models developed by Bloomberg Sports engineers, and provide probabilities on the winner, final, half-time score and total goals. In addition to the customized data, Stats Insights will feature articles and videos that combine Bloomberg Sports analytics with expert commentary for multiple sports (Bloomberg).

German public broadcaster ZDF "had a very successful Sunday with its winter sports broadcasts," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. ZDF's coverage of the women's biathlon relay from Hochfilzen, Austria attracted an average of 4.43 million viewers. The number equaled a market share of 22.7%. In the target demographic 14-49, the victory of the Norwegian team in the women's relay event had a 12.6% share. The men's relay race, which took place on Sunday morning ahead of the women's event, was watched by 3.49 million viewers or a 23.3% share. In addition, other winter sports also obtained good ratings. ZDF's broadcast of the men's giant slalom race from Val d'Isere, France, which aired at noon local time, attracted 3.14 million viewers. A total of 3.48 million viewers tuned in to watch the ski jumping competition from Sochi, Russia.

HURTING HOOPS: German private-TV channel kabel eins, which will live broadcast its next Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) game in '13, "obtained disappointing ratings for its one-hour summary of Sunday's BBL game between Bayern Munich and Telekom Baskets Bonn that aired on Monday morning." A total of 130,000 tuned in at 12:15am local time to watch Munich's 104-91 victory. The number equaled a 1.8% market share. In the target demographic, the game obtained a 2.8% share  (DWDL, 12/10).

The Int'l Biathlon Union "has put the media rights starting with the '14-15 season up for bids." The media rights include TV, Internet and mobile. The IBU "wants to award the media rights for a four-year period but only to a worldwide acting partner." Current rights holder is the European Broadcast Union, which also includes German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. The IBU will accept bids starting on Jan. 7 (DWDL, 12/10). ... Ecuavisa, the leading TV network in Ecuador, has acquired the exclusive, long-term U.S. broadcast rights for Ecuador's top-fight football league, Primera A. The league's matches will be aired live in the U.S. through its Ecuavisa Int'l feed. The teams included in the exclusive agreement are Barcelona (ranked No. 1 in Ecuador), Emelec (No. 2), Deportivo Quito (No. 8), Deportivo Cuenca (No. 10) and Universidad Católica (currently plays in Primera B). The announcement was made Monday by Ecuavisa CEO Xavier Alvarado (Ecuavisa).