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Volume 6 No. 212


Int'l players union FIFPro board member Joaquim Evangelista said on Monday that "FIFA and UEFA should share their fast-growing television revenue with players' unions to help protect footballers who struggle when clubs fall on hard times," according to Daniel Alvarenga of REUTERS. Evangelista, who is also head of the Portuguese Professional Footballers Association, said that "he would urge fellow board members" at FIFPro to support his call for action at the general assembly in the Netherlands. Evangelista: "FIFA and UEFA should stop the rhetoric and support players concretely." The Portuguese Footballers Association has been "flooded with requests from players under financial and legal strain over the last year" and Evangelista said that "resources needed to be directed to the players rather than just clubs and football federations." Evangelista: "A percentage of TV rights revenues should go to help players through the unions" (REUTERS, 7/2).

TV viewers "will be able to watch Australia's clash with the 'the old enemy' in the forthcoming Ashes series on Nine Network's multi-channel GEM for the first time," according to Darren Davidson of THE AUSTRALIAN. The action, which will be shown on Nine's primary channel in sessions, "but not in full," will be aired on GEM, allowing Nine to minimize disruption to "scheduling on the primary channel and still show 'every ball, every run and every wicket.'" Channel Nine commentator Tim Gilbert will host Nine's broadcast from Sydney, joined by Ashes-winning Australian captains Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor, and former Test players Ian Healy, Michael Slater and Brett Lee. Nine News reporter Roz Kelly "will be on the ground to report on the five Ashes test matches that begin at Nottingham's Trent Bridge on July 10" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/2).

German pay-TV channel Sky, which has the exclusive broadcast rights for Wimbledon in Germany, "has recorded convincing ratings for its coverage of both fourth round matches with German participation," according to Uwe Mantel of DWDL. The women's fourth round match between Sabine Lisicki and Serena Williams, which started at 2pm German time on Monday, attracted 80,000 viewers. Lisicki's three-set victory had a 0.9% market share. In the target demographic 14-49, the game reached a 0.8% share. Following the women's match, Tommy Haas played world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at 7:20pm. The match attracted 140,000 viewers and had a 0.6% market share. In the target demographic, Djokovic's straight-set victory obtained a 1.1% share (DWDL, 7/2).

MURRAY MANIA: In London, John Plunkett reported "a peak audience of nearly 6 million viewers watched Andy Murray's straight sets win over Mikhail Youzhny" to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Except watching it was not "quite as straightforward as Murray's win." After a five-minute peak of 5.7 million viewers on BBC1 Monday afternoon, tennis fans "had to switch to BBC2 to make way for the news at 6pm." BBC2 "benefitted to the tune of a 4.7 million peak." Overall, BBC1's afternoon coverage from Wimbledon "averaged 3.5 million viewers, a 35.3% share," between 1:45pm and 6pm. BBC2's early evening tennis coverage "had 2.4 million viewers, a 13.1% share," between 5:50pm and 8pm (GUARDIAN, 7/2).

German pay-TV channel Sky "has increased its mobile content Sky Go and enables customers to access Bundesliga content on their cellular devices," according to NETZWELT. Sky customers "are now able to access Champions League, Europa League, DFB-Pokal (German Cup) and Bundesliga games with their iOS devices." So far, the Bundesliga stream "was only accessible on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Xbox 360 through a WiFi connection." In addition, Sky's sports news channel Sky Sport News HD "is also accessible on cellular devices" (NETZWELT, 7/1).

MP & Silva has secured Premier League media rights for the next three seasons in the Philippines and Taiwan.  The deal includes all 380 matches per season, and also includes digital media and mobile offerings (MP & Silva). ... Kentaro has won the media rights to ManU's 2013 summer tour to Asia and Oceania, its first under new Manager David Moyes (Kentaro Group). ... 2K Sports and Euroleague Basketball have agreed to a deal that will see top Euroleague teams included on the video game NBA 2K14. This will mark the first time Euroleague teams have appeared in the NBA 2K series (Euroleague).