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Volume 10 No. 22


The Spanish Football League (LFP) "could be counting down the days remaining" for the "open football" law that requires one game on each matchday be broadcast on free TV, according to José Félix Díaz of MUNDO DEPORTIVO. The Spanish government is "preparing a 'Sports Law' that would eliminate the 'open football' law" that was established in '97. This agreement between the LFP and Spanish government "is absolute, and comes in exchange for reorganizing the distribution of money that teams receive from TV contracts." This reorganization "would give each team a more equal amount of money from TV rights, which is very different from the current format, under which Real Madrid and Barcelona receive the lion's share" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 10/24).

Fox Int'l Channels has "set a pact" with MLB that will "dramatically extend the league’s TV reach across Europe," according to VARIETY. The agreement calls for FIC outlets in Europe "to carry all MLB games live, from the regular season through the All-Star Game and post-season." The deal began Wednesday night with Game 1 of the 2013 World Series in Boston (VARIETY, 10/24). DIGITAL TV EUROPE reported the MLB deal gives FIC rights "to games across 30 European countries." The deal comes after FIC picked up European rights to the NFL. It has also "been picking up soccer rights as part of a major push into sports in Europe" (DIGITAL TV EUROPE, 10/24). Fox Sports "recently launched in the Netherlands and Italy and is also on air in Turkey and Cyprus" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 10/24).

German public broadcaster ZDF "recorded high ratings for its broadcast of Wednesday's Champions League game between Bayern Munich and FC Viktoria Plzeň," according to Fabian Riedner of QUOTENMETER. A total of 7.79 million viewers tuned in to watch Bayern's 5-0 win. The game, which started at 8:45pm German time, obtained a market share of 26%. In the target demographic, ZDF attracted 2.36 million viewers to its broadcast. The number equaled a 20.4% market share. The pregame, in-game and post-game coverage was watched by 5.35 million viewers and had a 20.7% share. In the target demographic, the coverage surrounding the game obtained a 16.1% market share (QUOTENMETER, 10/24).

UPCOMING GAMES: QUOTENMETER's Manuel Weis reported ZDF "has revealed the schedule of its upcoming Champions League broadcasts." On the fifth group stage's matchday on Nov. 27, the channel "will show the game between Bayer Leverkusen and ManU." In addition, ZDF announced that "it will air the game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Arsenal on Nov. 6" (QUOTENMETER, 10/24).