The Scottish FA has "secured a bumper new TV deal for the national team" worth up to £60M ($91M), according to Gordon Waddell of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. However, the contract with Sky and ITV to cover all of Scotland’s qualifiers between '14 and '18 "leaves the BBC in international no-man’s land." The package, the first to be negotiated centrally through UEFA, "will see Sky given exclusive rights to cover every competitive Scotland match live while STV will have the highlights packages." BBC "will be left to bid for the friendlies if they want any part of the national team" (DAILY RECORD, 6/9). In London, Iain Macfarlane reported the guaranteed cash "is a huge relief to the SFA at a time when the stock of the national game is poor and the Hampden bosses would not have been in a strong bargaining position with TV executives had they gone it alone." SFA CEO Stewart Regan said, "It's fantastic news for Scottish football and the Scottish FA" (EXPRESS, 6/9).
Al Jazeera has "made the surprise decision to close their operation in London," from where their English language football content -- including the Champions League and FA Cup -- is broadcast, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Instead, all the London sports programming "will come from Al Jazeera’s global HQ in Doha," meaning the likes of Gary Lineker, who presents its Champions League coverage, "would have to travel to Qatar to continue hosting the show." That is "not going to happen with Lineker working for NBC as well as the BBC next season." However, there "is a possibility" of Richard Keys and Andy Gray basing themselves in Doha were Al Jazeera to show the Premier League (DAILY MAIL, 6/7).
Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport "has recorded convincing ratings for its broadcast of the French Open women's final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova," according to Manuel Nunez Sanchez of QUOTENMETER. The live broadcast, which started at 5pm German time on Saturday, attracted an average of 230,000 viewers. The number equaled a market share of 2.3%. In the target demographic 14-49, William's straight set victory was watched by 40,000 viewers and reached a 2.3% market share. Eurosport's broadcast of the men's doubles final, which started at 5:15pm, attracted 60,000 viewers and had a 0.5% market share. In the target demographic, the victory of Bob and Mike Bryan was watched by 20,000 viewers, which translated into a 0.4% share. In addition, German free-to-air TV channel Sport1 "obtained acceptable ratings for its broadcast UEFA U21 European Championship games." Sport1 aired the Group A matchup between England and Norway at 6pm on Saturday. The game attracted 180,000 viewers and had a 1.8% share. In the target demographic, Norway's 3-1 victory was watched by 30,000 viewers and reached a 0.7% share. Following the England-Norway game, Sport1 showed the game between Italy and Israel. Italy's 4-0 victory attracted 160,000 viewers and reached a 0.6% share. In the target demographic, the game was watched by 20,000 viewers and had a 0.2% share (QUOTENMETER, 6/9).