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Volume 6 No. 215


With the first Test six days away, Cricket Australia and the ABC have "still not signed a contract for the broadcast rights," according to Peter Lalor of THE AUSTRALIAN. If the deal is not done, "there may be no radio coverage of the Brisbane Test." Both parties, however, "are confident a contract will be signed although time is short." The contract is in the hands of lawyers and while there are a number of small sticking points, "it is understood they will not stand in the way of the two parties coming together." Cricket Australia's demand that "it exclusively host the link to the internet streaming of the commentary on its website has been the major problem." The clause means the ABC cannot provide a direct link to its own commentary on its website, "meaning listeners will have to come through CA's home page." There are also concerns over CA's desire "to have its sponsors mentioned and similar commercial demands that would breach the ABC's charter" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/15).

The Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) wants the Spanish Football League (LFP) to give it 5% of the rights "from the next TV contract that the LFP signs" with Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD), according to Jiménez & Matilla of AS. The AFE "believes it deserves this because similar agreements exist in other countries." In England, for example, "the Professional Footballers' Association has received 5%" of the Premier League's TV rights since '01. This has equaled €28.1M per year, "and includes an increase proportional to the growth of the TV contract." It is estimated that in Spain, 5% of a "future TV contract would mean" €40M ($54M) per year, because the current sum distributed among the clubs is €780M ($1.1B). The AFE currently receives between 2.5% and 3% from the LFP, a "quantity that it considers insufficient." The LFP does "not agree with the request because it believes it ignores Spain's economic reality" (AS, 11/14).

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova "will return to the city where she grew up as a child to cover the upcoming Winter Olympics as a correspondent for U.S. television network NBC." It "was not immediately clear what events Sharapova will be covering for NBC," which holds the U.S. media rights for the Sochi Olympics next February (MOSCOW TIMES, 11/14). ... Europe's flagship Mixed Martial Arts promotion, BAMMA, announced a new TV partnership with Abu Dhabi TV. The deal sees BAMMA events broadcast across Bahrain, Egypt, Chad, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, exclusively on Abu Dhabi TV (BAMMA).