A poll of local media by Yonhap showed Monday that South Korea's record-setting performance at the London Games "was voted the top sports news of the year '12" as other Olympic-related topics dominated the list, according to YONHAP. Baseball pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin "signed with the L.A. Dodgers in MLB earlier this month, and the move ranked second on the top-10 list with 324 votes." Thanks to the heroics of Ryu and other stars, the KBO "drew a record 7.15 million fans in '12, and it was voted the third biggest news topic of the year." Midfielder Park Jong-woo of South Korea's Bronze Medal-winning men's football team at the London Olympics "is still waiting to see if he can collect his medal, and the aftermath of his post-match celebration in London came in at fourth place." Female epee fencer Shin A-ram "suffered a heartbreaking, extra-time defeat in the semifinals against Britta Heidemann of Germany, and controversial officiating in that bout ranked No. 5 on the news list." The survey asked 50 South Korean newspapers and broadcasters (YONHAP, 12/17).
Sky Media Network, the marketing subsidiary of Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG will market the German Beach Cup Tour and the official DVV German beach volleyball championships. The contract has an initial duration of five years. Sky has also acquired int'l marketing rights. Sky will broadcast the final matches of the four SuperCups of the German Beach Cup Tour as well as the semifinals and finals of the men's and women's German beach volleyball championships in HD. The 24/7 sports news channel Sky Sport News HD will report on the highlights of the German Beach Cup Tour as well as indoor volleyball competitions (Sky).