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Volume 6 No. 212


IMG Media has reportedly offered €3B ($4B) to the Italian football league "to secure the rights to advise and manage TV rights for the Serie A," according to DIGITAL TV EUROPE. According to Italian press reports, IMG Media "put in the offer for the three seasons" from '15-18 and said that "it could extend this to six seasons" spanning the period '15-21. The offer would reportedly see IMG pay out a minimum €3B for the domestic and int'l TV sales rights -- €986M ($1.33B) in the first year, €993 ($1.33B) in the second and €1B ($1.34B) in the third (DIGITAL TV EUROPE, 11/15).

Cricket South Africa and the public service broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), "concluded a broadcast rights deal that will see ball-by-ball coverage return to television screens for all Proteas matches during the upcoming season," according to SPORT 24. All the Sunfoil Test matches against India and Australia, the Momentum ODI's against Pakistan and India and the KFC T20's, where the Proteas take on Pakistan and Australia, "will be shown live on free to air." The deal also covers radio, as 2000FM "will be providing live ball-by-ball updates." CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said, "We are obviously excited for all our fans with this wonderful news. Having a relationship with our national broadcaster is key for us and I'm delighted that we have secured this agreement" (SPORT 24, 11/14).

TalkSport "has secured broadcast rights" for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as parent group UTV Media reported its revenue "increased" by 1% in the third quarter, according to Maisie McCabe of MEDIA WEEK. The sports station "will broadcast commentary from every match of the tournament," from the opening game on June 12 to the final on July 13. Special programs "will be broadcast from the country and the station has dedicated itself to bringing fans all the action and atmosphere throughout the tournament." According to UTV Media's results for the three months to the end of September, the group, which also operated the third TV channel in Northern Ireland, reported revenue of £28.2M ($45.4M) in the quarter, up 1% year on year. Across the first nine months of the year, group revenue declined by 7% year on year, to £83.3M ($134M), largely "because of the tough comparatives due to the positive effect of the Euro 2012 tournament on TalkSport's revenues" (MEDIA WEEK, 11/15).

GlobalSportsJobs, the "leading specialist digital media platform" for the int'l sports industry, "has established a new partnership with UEFA." The partnership will see GlobalSportsJobs support FIFA "in broadening its geographical candidate attraction reach by sourcing a greater quality and diversity of talent," while expanding through company profiling and targeted promotion (SOCCEREX, 11/15). ... According to Electronic Arts, the mobile release of FIFA 14 "has been downloaded over 26 million times." The game, available on iOS and Android, "is available to play for free this year for the first time." The console version of last year's game "sold 14.5 million units" (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 11/15).