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Volume 6 No. 212


Argentina's "Automovilismo Para Todos" ("Motor Racing For Everyone") program's "days are numbered," according to Alejo Iriart of OLE. The money for the racing broadcasting program "will be allocated to football" and racing body ACTC is "reviewing its media alternatives" for the '15 season. Although no "official announcement has been made," the APT program will end at the conclusion of this season, "one season earlier than what was initially agreed." The program was created in '12, establishing a four-year relationship in which Argentina's national government would provide the ACTC with 96 million Argentine pesos per year. The ACTC used "part of the money to create and equip the Pistas Argentinas media outlet." The "rebound the Argentine government expected never arrived." In addition "to low ratings, there was another more important topic: football." Next year, the Argentine FA's first division will feature 30 teams and the government will have to increase its budget for the AFA's "Fútbol Para Todos" program (OLE, 8/7).

ESPN Int'l reached a broad multimedia rights agreement with UEFA to continue broadcasting the Champions League, Europa League, and the Super Cup in Spanish-speaking Latin America and select countries and territories across the Caribbean, effective '15-18. ESPN and Fox Sports will divide the matches equally for the Champions League, the Europa League and the Super Cup. For the Champions League, ESPN will carry a total of 76 matches each season, including 70 exclusive matches from the playoffs, the group stage and knockout rounds. ESPN and Fox will share the semifinals, the final and the Super Cup. ESPN rights to the Europa League include a total of 102 exclusive matches per season, including the group stage and knockout rounds. The final will be shared (ESPN).

The Scottish Professional Football League confirmed BBC Scotland "will broadcast television highlights, radio commentary and online clips of the Championship this season," according to the HERALD SCOTLAND. The package "forms part of a range of broadcast deals agreed with the BBC, STV and also the Bauer Group." The league body -- "which announced earlier this summer that there would be increased coverage of Scottish football on Sky Sports, BT Sport and BBC Alba" -- expect the new deals to be worth a six-figure sum of money distributed across all 42 senior clubs (HERALD SCOTLAND, 8/7).

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen "has reached an agreement with BT Sport to show the home leg of their third round Europa League match against Real Sociedad on Thursday." All tickets for the match at Pittodrie "were sold" on Tuesday and the Dons "have agreed to allow the channel to broadcast the match live" (Aberdeen PRESS AND JOURNAL, 8/5). ... Portugal Telecom, Nos and Controlinveste confirmed that the Portuguese Competition Authority "rejected their plan for joint ownership of pay-TV service Sport TV." The three partners said that "they will consider the consequences and still see their participation in Sport TV as a way to ensure the resources necessary to develop the market for sports content" (TELECOM PAPER, 8/5). ... The Premier League and EA Sports extended their existing agreement until the end of the '18-19 season and the deal now incorporates the sponsorship of the League’s Goal Decision System. The new agreement will showcase the Premier League in EA Sports FIFA 15 as well as the integration of broadcast-quality graphics, audio and commentary (EPL). ... Fox Sports Taiwan closed a deal with Chinese Professional Baseball League team Uni-Lions, "scoring the rights to broadcast all its home games" against the Lamigo-Monkeys for the rest of the current season. The agreement, which started Wednesday, "marks the first time" that CPBL games will air on Fox Sports (WORLD SCREEN, 8/6). ... Octoshape announced that the Automobile Club of Germany (AvD) has selected its partner Deutsche Telekom and "LiveStream Perform," powered by Octoshape, as a live streaming solution for the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix in Nürburgring. The cloud-based video streaming solution will be leveraged for the live and on-demand streaming of five TV channels to connected devices globally (Octoshape).