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Volume 6 No. 214


News Int'l has "secured a deal to show Premier League football highlights on mobile and Internet versions of the Sun, Times and Sunday Times," according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. BSkyB has "also secured extended Premier League TV highlights rights to go with its live matches." News Int'l "has reached a three-year deal with the Premier League to show highlight clips on the Internet and mobile devices from August." A source said that the deal is worth more than £20M ($31.7M). Under the deal, News Int'l titles "will be able to present up to eight 30-second clips of key moments during live matches via mobile devices" -- except for games played on Saturday at 3pm, which will be allowed to be shown from 5:15pm that day. Clips of up to 60 seconds from each game "will also be available from Monday mornings for a week after matchday via the papers' respective digital platforms" (GUARDIAN, 1/23). The three-year agreement means that each season, Sky Sports viewers can watch extended highlights of all 226 Premier League matches not shown live on TV, plus goals and key moments for other programming such as "Sky Sports News HD" and magazine shows including "Goals on Sunday" and "Soccer Saturday." Beginning in August, Sky Sports will offer:

  • GAME OF THE DAY: Full 90-minute replay of the best Saturday 3pm match from 8pm that evening.
  • MATCH CHOICE: A choice of 45-minute highlights from all Saturday 3pm fixtures, available via Sky's interactive red button service at 10pm.
  • KEY MOMENTS: All the goals and talking points from all Premier League matches shown throughout the week across Sky Sports and on Sky Sports News HD (Sky Sports).

ESPN has acquired the U.S. media rights for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations football championship. ESPN3 will be the primary home for live presentation of the three-week tournament in South Africa, which started Saturday and runs through Feb. 10. ESPN Deportes will televise the semifinals and final matches on delay. This is the first time the Africa Cup of Nations will be available in the U.S. via a media platform reaching a mass audience. The agreement includes access to match highlights across ESPN media platforms such as ESPN FC (ESPN).

The '13 and '14 editions of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be broadcast on NBC, making them the first regular European Tour events to be shown live on a U.S. TV network. NBC will complement the existing coverage on the Golf Channel. NBC will broadcast two-and-a-half hours of live coverage on each of the final two days from Castle Stuart Golf Links in '13 and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in '14. Previously, only Major Championships, World Golf Championships and leading team events connected to the European Tour have been shown live on American broadcast networks. As part of the new arrangement, sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish government will advertise during the broadcast (European Tour).

German media company ProSiebenSat.1 "has acquired the media rights to the X Games series from ESPN," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The deal provides ProSiebenSat.1 with the action-sports series' distribution rights for pay-TV, free-to-air TV and video-on-demand for all six X Games events in '13. The Munich-based company "will show the X Games events in Barcelona and Munich live on its pay-TV channel ProSieben Fun." In addition, ProSieben "will show highlights of all six events on its free-to-air TV channel." The company "will also use its online properties and MyVideo for the distribution of the X Games" (DWDL, 1/23).

Iraq's state broadcaster suspended a TV commentator after he "insulted a Saudi referee live on air during last week's Gulf Cup final" between Iraq and the UAE. During Iraq's 1-2 loss in extra time, Alaa Sarhan "had criticised what he said were biased decisions" by referee Khalil Jalal al-Ghamidi. He said, "Oh Allah, do not guide Ghamidi or the people to whom Ghamidi belongs," in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia (AFP, 1/23). ... German Football League (DFL) subsidiary Sportcast, which produces the broadcasts of Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga games, will, in cooperation with TV channels, test the "use of gyrocotpers that will carry cameras." Sportcast plans to use gyrocopters only at top matches (QUOTEN METER, 1/23). ... Sky Deutschland and digital sports media group Perform revealed a partnership to distribute selected content from Sky Deutschland's sports channels in the German and Austrian markets across ePlayer, Perform's sports video-on-demand broadcast platform. The partnership will see content from Sky Deutschland's branded channels appear on ePlayer, streaming highlight clips of top sports events and news in Germany and Austria (Perform).