Sports media agency the sportsman media group has renewed the contract with SportA, which is the sports rights agency of German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, that allows the broadcasters to continue to show coverage of German Hockey League (DEL) games. The agreement allows ARD and ZDF to show extensive game summaries of DEL games in their programs such as ARD-Sportschau, ZDF-Sportreportage, Tagesschau, Morgenmagazin, Mittagsmagazin and on all shows of ARD's regional public broadcasters. The cooperation includes the DEL's regular season and playoffs. The sportsman media group has been the DEL's marketing partner since '12-13 (the sportsman media group).
Euroleague Basketball and 24 Media, the largest digital publishing group in Greece, announced the launch of their partnership. Sport24.gr will be the official online destination for Turkish Airlines Euroleague fans in Greece and Cyprus. The new site, hosted in a special section of Sport24.gr, will allow users to follow the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in Greek, with access to video highlights, news from basketball journalists in Greece, articles, various polls and contests, live statistics, results, standings, a complete photo gallery and additional features. Basketball journalists in Greece -- including Giannis Fileris, Nikos Papaioannou, Stefanos Triantafillos, Manos Michalos, Niki Bakouli, Pantelis Diamantopoulos and Giannis Dedopoulos -- will bring their expertise to the new Turkish Airlines Euroleague website. The multimedia content of the new destination will also be included in the Sport24 Mobile Application available for iOS & Android devices (Euroleague).
German public broadcaster ZDF "will again bid on Champions League broadcast rights as the tender process for the '15-16 season and beyond gets under way," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. ZDF Sports Dir Dieter Gruschwitz said, "ZDF continues to be interested in Champions League rights and will submit a bid for the upcoming rights period." The public broadcaster "seems to have good chances retaining the rights." Media corporation ProSiebenSat.1 "is following a different strategy and RTL recently acquired rights for German national team games" (DWDL, 10/28).
The professional basketball BJ-League "has issued a ban on media access" to The Japan Times for the entire '13-14 season, according to Jack Gallagher of the JAPAN TIMES. The directive "has been relayed to teams around the country by the league office." The Japan Times "was informed of the move" in a letter signed by Commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi and BJ-League President Hidemitsu Nakano on Oct. 11. The letter stated that "The Japan Times will not be granted season credentials -- as it had for the first eight league campaigns -- or single-game passes due to a dispute over an article by staff writer Ed Odeven on July 12 regarding the Kyoto Hannaryz." In the story in question, "Odeven cited an informed source as saying that at the time the Hannaryz were planning to play one more season" in the BJ-League before jumping to the newly formed National Basketball League. In its initial letter of complaint, BJ-League officials "took issue with the story and asked for a correction and an apology to be run in print." The Japan Times "denied the request and stands by its story" (JAPAN TIMES, 10/29).