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Volume 6 No. 217


The German Touring Car Championship (DTM) "has agreed to reschedule its qualifying session in order to allow German public broadcaster ARD to bundle it with the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final" on Saturday evening, according to MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Instead of its regular time in the early afternoon, the DTM's qualifying session from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria "will start at 5:50pm." Immediately after the DTM qualifying, ARD "will live broadcast the German Cup final between Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart from the Berlin Olympic Stadium" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 5/29).

German public broadcaster ARD "recorded high ratings for its broadcast of the int'l friendly between Germany and Ecuador on Wednesday," according to Manuel Nunez Sanchez of QUOTENMETER. An average of 8.33 million viewers tuned in to watch the game, which was played in Miami and started at 8:30pm German time. The number equaled a market share of 27.9%. In the target demographic 14-49, Germany's 4-2 victory attracted 2.5 million viewers and had a market share of 22.4% (QUOTENMETER, 5/30).

Sports fans across Africa will be able to watch the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the appointment of SuperSport as the Games’ Sub-Saharan Broadcast Rights holder. The agreement reached between the organizing committee and SuperSport, the South African-based subscription service, will see the Games showcased across the continent and beyond, reaching more than 5 million viewers across 20 channels, including several in HD. SuperSport’s distribution reaches all 19 African Commonwealth nations and territories, which will be competing in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In addition to acquiring the exclusive pay-TV rights for Sub-Saharan Africa, SuperSport has also secured those for Internet and mobile (SuperSport).

The Int'l Hockey Federation announced Rightster as its new digital media partner. The digital media partnership begins during the summer and will run through Dec. '14. It will make available live streaming of more than 300 field hockey matches including the Hockey World League '13-14, the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 and the Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 on YouTube, aiming to secure 1 million views after one year (FIH). ... Sports media firm Seven3Sports said that "it has signed a sub-licensing deal with Multi Screen Media" to broadcast the Indian Premier League in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh until '18 for an undisclosed sum (PTI, 5/28).