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Volume 6 No. 212


The UAE’s Professional League Committee "threw open the tender" for it’s domestic football competitions in the forthcoming three seasons from '13-14 in "a bid to maximize it’s revenue potential from broadcasting rights," according to Yasir Abbasher of GULF NEWS. The announcement of floating tenders "came at a time when broadcasting rights turned into an undeclared war between some of the channels in the region with most of the regional TV stations failing to show the matches of the AFC Champions League." The channel with the exclusive rights had apparently demanded Dh 734.6M ($200M) from each channel wishing to show the matches live, "resulting in none of the local sports channels in the UAE being able to show the matches of their four teams in the major continental competitions live." PLC CEO Colin Smith said, "We have looked at different models from different leagues throughout the world and have decided to split our tender in two packages. Package A would be the Pro League and the Reserve League while package B consists of the Super Cup and the Etisalat Cup" (GULF NEWS, 3/16).

ONLY ONE: In Abu Dhabi, Amith Passela wrote Abu Dhabi Sports and Dubai Sports channels "have shared the broadcast rights of the Pro League for the five years since the game turned professional," but only one will be able to hold the rights from '13-14 to '15-16 following the announcement by the Pro League Committee. PLC exec committee member and Right Licensing Committee Chair Hamad Nekhirat Al Ameri said that "they were looking to build upon the successes for the past five years." Al Ameri: "We need to continue to grow awareness, professionalism of how competitions are being showcased" (THE NATIONAL, 3/16).

Spanish broadcaster Mediaset Espana and media group Mediapro "have reached an agreement to offer the weekly, free-to-air matches" of La Liga on its open channel Cuatro and online, according to Pamela Rolfe of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Mediapro announced Friday that "it had accepted Mediaset's offer, which includes the remaining 10 rounds of this season, and all the games in the next two." The deal starts April 1. Mediaset now holds all blue-chip football rights, including the 2014 World Cup and the Spanish Cup (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/15).

German free-to-air TV channel RTL "received satisfying ratings" with its broadcast of the F1 qualifying session from Melbourne, Australia, according to Daniel Sallhoff of QUOTEN METER. A total of 1.19 million viewers tuned in to watch Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel win the pole position. The qualification, which started at 1am German time, obtained an 14.8% market share. In the target demographic 14-49, the session from the Albert Park Circuit attracted 710,000 viewers, which equaled a 16.6% (QUOTEN METER, 3/17).

SKY HIGH: QUOTEN METER's Manuel Weis reported German pay-TV channel Sky "recorded strong ratings with its Bundesliga simulcast" on Saturday afternoon. The channel's simulcast, which started at 2:30pm German time, attracted 1.31 million viewers. The number translated into a 8.9% market share. In the target demographic, the broadcast was watched by 660,000 viewers and had a 12.7%. Sky's live broadcast of the day's top match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich, which aired at 6:30pm, attracted an average of 1.05 million viewers, which equaled a 4.1% share. In the target demographic, Munich's 2-1 victory obtained a 6.3% share (QUOTEN METER, 3/17).

FIFA has opened an invitation to tender for the 2014 FIFA World Cup media rights in the territory of Spain. These rights cover TV, IPTV, Internet, mobile and radio transmissions for FIFA’s flagship competition, which will be held in Brazil in '14 (FIFA). ... Univision Deportes and Formula One Management announced a multi-year partnership that begins with the '13 season and provides Univision Deportes exclusive Spanish-language U.S. broadcast and digital rights to all 19 F1 Grand Prix races. Univision Deportes will televise all 19 F1 races live on UniMás and qualifying rounds on Univision Deportes Network. Select races will be streamed online on and on the digital network (Univision).