Media Notes: Austrian Channel ServusTV Secures Broadcast Rights To Supercopa
Austrian free-to-air TV channel ServusTV "has secured the broadcast rights for the Spanish Supercopa." The Supercopa "is a home and away game series between La Liga champion Atlético and Copa del Rey winner Real Madrid." The first leg "will be played on Aug. 19 with the return leg set to take place on Aug. 22." ServusTV "will air both games live" (DWDL, 8/11). ... German pay-TV channel Sport1 US is showing the HBO show "Hard Knocks," which gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the training camp of the NFL Atlanta Falcons. The first episode aired last week. Four additional episodes will air each Thursday at 9:30pm (DWDL, 8/11). ... Former German national team captain Michael Ballack, who worked as a football analyst for ESPN over the past several years, agreed to an extension with the sports network. An ESPN spokesperson said, "We've extended our collaboration with Michael Ballack for another two years until 2016. The people love him and we are very happy with his work" (DWDL, 8/11). ... Spanish basketball player Rudy Fernández's sister, Marta, announced the Spanish national team's friendly against Angola on Sunday for Teledeporte. During the game, the Spanish Association of Basketball Coaches (AEEB) published an "offensive tweet" saying, "Mi madre me comenta por whatsapp que a ver si te puedes callar @martafernandez5 @teledeporte" ("My mother told me on whatsapp to see if you can mute @martafernandez5 @teledeporte"). The AEEB erased the message and "attributed the occurrence to pirating, apologizing to Marta Fernández and announcing that it will investigate what happened" (AS, 8/10).