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Volume 6 No. 212


Bayern Munich will reportedly receive more than €47M ($63.3M) form the Bundesliga's TV money, according to the TZ. Bayern stands to rake in €47,605,378 form the German Football League's (DFL) "centralized TV marketing." Close to €37M ($49.8M) comes from domestic TV deals, with an additional €10M ($13.5M) from int'l marketing. The "national TV revenue distribution is based on a five-year ranking of all 36 professional clubs in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga." Bayern Munich "leads this ranking ahead of Borussia Dortmund," which will receive more than €36M ($48.5M). The DFL will pay out a total of €709.5M ($955.7M) during the '14-15 season, which is €57.1M ($76.9M) more than last year. Should Bayern Munich "win the title during the upcoming season or finish second," it would receive an additional €3M ($4M) or €2.5M (3.4M), respectively (TZ, 7/24).

Sky and BT "clashed in court again on Wednesday in their long-running battle over wholesale access to the Sky Sports channels," according to Christopher Williams of the London TELEGRAPH. BT "is attempting to force its rival to allow it provide the channels to subscribers to its YouView internet-based television service." Currently the telecom giant "can only offer the Sky Sports channels, which have rights to the bulk of live Premier League football matches, via its outdated BT Vision set-top boxes." BT "made its case to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, which has the power to impose ‘interim relief’ and force BSkyB to offer Sky Sports at controlled wholesale prices." A quick decision in its favor "would be a fillip for BT, allowing it to market its main television with Sky Sports platform in time for the new Premier League season next month." At the end of the session, Justice Roth said that "a quick decision was possible but the case could also drag through the court’s summer recess and into September" (TELEGRAPH, 7/24).

Crowdlending website Zencap collected the missing €100,000 ($135,000) "for the int'l distribution of a documentary film about NBA Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki," according to Julia Wadhawan of the HANDELSBLATT. The money "will be used by production company Broadview TV to finance the int'l distribution of the film." The documentary called Nowitzki - Der perfekte Wurf (Nowitzki - The perfect shot) "will open in German movie theaters on Sept. 18." The documentary "will tell the story of Nowitzki, from his beginnings at gyms in the German countryside to the arenas of the NBA." In comparison to crowdfunding a project, crowdlending "means supporters of a project will become actual investors." In this case, Broadview TV "will repay the credit it received from each investor, including interest rate, on a monthly basis" (HANDELSBLATT, 7/24).

A "peak audience of more than 9 million viewers watched the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on BBC1" -- complete with Rod Stewart, Scottie dogs, and dancing Tunnock’s teacakes, according to John Plunkett the London GUARDIAN. The "lavish opening spectacle had an average of 7.6 million viewers" (41.1%) between 8pm-11:40pm on Wednesday with a five-minute high of 9.4 million at 9:30pm. It topped the peak of 8.9 million viewers who tuned into the opening ceremony the last time the games were held in the U.K., in Manchester in '02, "but could not match its average audience of 8.2 million." A fundraising appeal for children’s charity Unicef "made during the opening ceremony" had reached £3.1M ($5.3M) by Thursday morning. More than half a million people in the U.K. "responded after watching an appeal by James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at Celtic Park in Glasgow" (GUARDIAN, 7/24).

Veteran ABC broadcaster David Morrow will "return to the airwaves next week before joining long-time colleague Warren Ryan in retirement at the end of the season," according to Adrian Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Morrow was "stood down following an on-air incident" during the National Rugby League Roosters-Bulldogs clash on May 23, which was "effectively Ryan's last shift with the station." The ABC launched an investigation into allegations Ryan had "made a racist remark, while Morrow was being investigated for finding the remark humorous." Ryan "sensationally handed in his resignation to his long-term employer, fast-tracking retirement plans and effectively ending an association with rugby league that had stretched over five decades." Morrow had to wait "exactly two months for the result of the inquiry into his conduct, with the outcome allowing him a final farewell to listeners" (SMH, 7/24).