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Volume 6 No. 212


Man City has announced a new project with camera manufacturer GoPro to create innovative content. Using GoPro’s point-of-view filming, Man City will give fans first-hand insight into the team. Earlier this summer on City’s preseason tour of N.Y., the GoPro media team received exclusive access to players and filmed the brand’s first football feature shot on GoPro’s new HERO3 camera. The cameras were mounted to the club’s coaches and players during practice sessions, including Joe Hart and Samir Nasri. In addition, GoPros also featured during both of Man City’s U.S. fixtures at Yankee Stadium in N.Y. and Busch Stadium in St. Louis, capturing the prematch atmosphere and what players go through before they take to the field of play (Man City).

The Nigeria Professional Football League said that "it has secured a television rights deal" worth $34M with satellite broadcaster Supersport, according to VENTURES AFRICA. Organizers of the league, the League Management Company, announced the deal via their Twitter handle on Monday. The deal will run from '15 till '19. While details "are still sketchy," the LMC promised to provide more information "soon." The Nigeria Professional Football League "was without a sponsor for the last two seasons but has seen telecom giants Globacom get the rights to sponsor the league for the next three years." The new TV deal "represents the biggest sponsorship package for broadcast of any sports in Nigeria and has been welcomed by football fans across the country" (VENTURES AFRICA, 8/20). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Mark Baber reported the four-year deal will cover the rights to televise the league in Nigeria and the whole of Africa. However, "some funds will be released before then to help the League overcome its cash crisis and to consolidate the position of the LMC." The Ministry of Sports and Nigeria Football Federation "will act as guarantors for the contract," with LMC Chair Nduka Irabor saying that it will not start until '15 "in order to allow Total Promotions which signed a contract with the now defunct NPL, run out its existing contract" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/21).

Telecom company Silknet "has obtained the exclusive rights to broadcast Premier League football," including HD streaming of matches. SilkSportHD will broadcast five or six matches featuring Georgian play-by-play commentators each week. In addition, "short reports in the Georgian language will be aired and programs will be dedicated to discussing news and highlighting play around the league" (GEORGIA TODAY, 8/16). ... The 2013 Winter Games New Zealand are hoping to achieve unprecedented int'l TV and Internet coverage as a result of a partnership signed this week with IMG Media. IMG Media secured coverage of the event across traditional broadcast and digital platforms (Winter Games NZ). ... The battle for the Australian Football League viewer "has taken an unusual twist," with AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou "agreeing to be a regular panellist on the return of Channel Seven’s pioneering chat show, Talking Footy." Seven announced on Wednesday that "it would re-enter an already congested Monday-night market," with Talking Footy, hosted again by Bruce McAvaney, to air on Monday through the finals (THE AGE, 8/21). ... Thai pay-TV operator TrueVisions has clinched the broadcasting rights to the Thai Premier League for three years, beginning next season. TrueVisions' existing deal "was due to expire at the end of the current campaign and the company managed to secure an extension to its contract after outbidding two rivals, CTH and GMM Z" (THE NATION, 8/21).