Al Jazeera "has become the global media rights partner" for the '15 and '17 men's and women's World Handball Championships in a multi-million dollar deal, according to Duncan Mackay of INSIDE THE GAMES. The Int'l Handball Federation said that Al Jazeera "had also secured the television production rights to the four Championships." The '15 and '17 men's World Championships are due to be held in Qatar and France, while the women's events are set to take place in Denmark and Germany (INSIDE THE GAMES, 12/22).
UEFA's reach across all social media platforms surged through the 37-million mark in '13, with the official UEFA Champions League Facebook page passing 16 million fans recently. Launched in January '11, the page has grown by more than 10 million fans since this time last year. The UEFA Europa League page has more than 4.9 million users interacting and the UEFA Women's Champions League page passed the 1.1-million fan mark in November to become the most popular women's football page on the platform. Official UEFA Twitter accounts, led by @ChampionsLeague, which boasts more than 3.2 million followers, saw a rise of more than 3 million since December '12 (UEFA).
Two Premiership rugby side London Wasps fans, Kevin Longman and Richard Goulding, joined Wasps players in a new series of TV commercials. Longman and Goulding, who are neighbors in Southampton, were chosen in a nationwide search after impressing a camera crew at Adams Park on Oct. 27, when the Wasps beat Leicester Tigers 22-12. Longman and Goulding represented the team in adverts that aired during a Premiership highlights show on ITV on Sunday (Premiership Rugby).