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Volume 6 No. 212


The final Bundesliga gameday "provided German pay-TV channel Sky and public broadcaster ARD with top ratings," according to Manuel Nunez Sanchez of QUOTENMETER. Sky's simulcast of all nine Bundesliga games attracted 1.52 million viewers starting at 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon. The number translated into a market share of 11.4%. In the target demographic 14-49, the pay-TV channel's broadcast was watched by 730,000 viewers and obtained a 14.5% share. ARD's Bundesliga highlights program "Sportschau" attracted 5.32 million viewers starting at 6pm. The number translated into a market share of 26.2%. In the target demographic, ARD recorded a market share of 20% as 1.29 million viewers tuned in (QUOTENMETER, 5/11).

Rupert Murdoch is exploring using his minority stake in Sky to combine his Sky-branded businesses in the U.K., Italy and Germany "into a pan-European pay-television platform," according to Hammond, Garrahan & Mance of the FINANCIAL TIMES. A transaction "is at the early stages of consideration" which would see the £14B ($23.5B) U.K. satellite and broadband group buy the Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland businesses he controls through 21st Century Fox, his U.S. entertainment group. No deal talks were taking place between Sky and Fox, and "no transaction was imminent." Any deal would depend on "stars aligning," including Sky Italia securing Serie A football rights and the share price of the publicly quoted Sky Deutschland, in which Fox has a controlling stake, being at an affordable level (FT, 5/10).

The "war for TV rights in Latin America has added, once again in Uruguay, another battle in court," according to Guillermo Pellegrino of CLARIN. In December, eight Uruguayan first division football clubs and the Uruguayan footballers' association (MUFP) filed a complaint against CONMEBOL President Eugenio Figueredo alleging that money that should have filtered down to the clubs, players and CONMEBOL itself was appropriated. The "money in question" came from the sale of media rights, sponsorship and advertising for the Copa Libertadores. The clubs "demanded that authorities trace the passage of funds through CONMEBOL to determine which individuals unduly benefited." The complaint followed "CONMEBOL's decision to reject a media rights offer" of $805M from Global Sport and "instead accept an offer" of $433M for the same period from broadcaster T&T. Uruguayan weekly publication Búsqueda on Friday reported that CONMEBOL presented to the court a 70-page document "divided into three chapters." The first "states that what the body is accused of does not constitute criminal activity." The "second chapter states that the clubs and the MUFP made the accusation on behalf of Global Sport." In the third chapter, "the document claims that the Uruguayan court is not the appropriate entity to investigate the accusation" (CLARIN, 5/9).

Telecom and media company Millicom "has signed a deal with FIFA" for a package of media rights for this year’s World Cup in Latin America. Customers of the Tigo network, which is owned by Millicom, "will be able to view live coverage of the tournament via mobile handsets and online in Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Bolivia and Paraguay" (SOCCEREX, 5/8). ... Luxembourg-based European TV provider M7 Group on Friday signed a long-term multi-platform distribution agreement with IMG Media for the European distribution of EDGEsport, the 24/7 HD action sports and lifestyle channel. EDGEsport will be carried via CanalDigitaal, TV Vlaanderen and Skylink, the M7-owned DTH platforms (IMG).