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Volume 6 No. 213


The BBC "will continue to show British Athletics" until '20 after extending its broadcasting rights agreement, according to the BBC. The deal ensures events such as the Anniversary Games and the British Championships "will be shown on free-to-air television." This "will provide the sport a platform in the years building up to and beyond the 2017 World Championships" in London (BBC, 7/24). The PA reported the BBC "will screen the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the World Championships in London the following year." UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos said, "It will ensure that our elite events will be broadcast to the widest possible audience over the next seven years until at least 2020" (PA, 7/24).

The Premier League "has appointed a firm of corporate investigators to carry out spot-checks and investigations into pubs and clubs showing live matches on Saturday afternoons," according to Martyn Ziegler of the PA. Pubs "can access the matches using foreign satellite systems which are often considerably cheaper than the British systems." The Premier League has appointed Glasgow-based firm ID Inquiries, and "will step up the number of pub visits and investigations to a higher level than any previous season." A Premier League spokesperson said, ''We remind all publicans that Sky Sports and BT Sport are the only authorized broadcasters of live Premier League matches in the U.K. and that legal action will be taken against those who use unauthorized satellite systems to show Premier League matches in commercial premises.'' ID Inquiries has put up a notice on the front page of its website inviting people to report "illegal broadcasts of football matches on commercial premises" (PA, 7/24).

German free-to-air TV channel Sport1 "will move handball from its traditional spot on Tuesday evenings to Wednesday evenings," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. Sport1 promises to broadcast 60 games during the '13-14 Handball Bundesliga (HBL) season. The channel "moved its handball coverage in order to air fourth-tier football games." The new slot means that the HBL "has to compete with German public broadcaster ZDF's UEFA Champions League broadcast." In addition to its free-TV coverage, Sport1 "will show a minimum of up to 82 games online, including 22 exclusive." During the '12-13 season, Sport showed about 100 games and the year before it was more than 150 games. The continued reduction of HBL coverage on Sport1 "is bad news for the league as it signed a long-term extension with the channel until '17 last year" (QUOTENMETER, 7/24).