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Volume 10 No. 22


German sports network Sport1 "will launch a weekly U.S. sports highlights show on its free-to-air TV channel starting this October." The program, which will be called "Inside US Sports," will show current highlights from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB. While featuring the top players and clubs of each league, the show will put a focus on the German players competing in their respective leagues and clubs such as NBA Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki or NHL Boston Bruins defender Dennis Seidenberg. In additon to the "Big Four," the magzine will also cover college football and basketball along with the IndyCar Series. All the leagues that will be featured in the weekly highlights show air live on the network's pay-TV channel Sport1 US (Sport1).

French public broadcaster France Télévisions Sports Dir Daniel Bilian "has called for a ban to be lifted on advertising" on the broadcaster in the evening, according to L'EQUIPE. For the past five years, advertising on France Télévisions’ channels has been banned between 8pm and 6am, with the state "providing a subsidy to the broadcaster to offset the loss in revenue." However, the state’s subsidy has decreased from €420M in '12 to €115M ($152M) this year. Bilalian said that "the opportunity to sell advertising in the evening would 'generate significant commercial revenues for us.'" He added, "The return of advertising at halftime during sporting events in the evening would be extremely strong given the audiences" (L'EQUIPE, 8/26).

IMG secured an exclusive agreement with CONCACAF to market the int'l media rights for all of the organization’s events in '15, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 and the CONCACAF Champions League. The deal, which also covers the CONCACAF U20 and U17 Championships in both men’s and women’s disciplines, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship USA 2014 and the UNCAF Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA, will see IMG distribute worldwide media rights outside of CONCACAF’s pre-existing territories. The latest edition of the Central American Cup -- the first ever to be played on U.S. soil -- gets underway at the beginning of next month, when Costa Rica and Nicaragua contest the opening game on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The final is set for Sept. 13 at the L.A. Coliseum (IMG).

Setanta Sports and Premiership rugby side London Irish announced a marketing partnership, which will see the broadcaster use the club’s players in the promotion of its coverage of the Premiership in Ireland. Setanta will use London Irish players in weekly syndicated media content across a number of Irish media platforms. It is hoped the deal will benefit the Exiles promotion in Ireland as well as driving the Irish audience for Premiership Rugby (Setanta).

The close of Spanish public broadcaster RTVE's sports channel, Teledeporte, "is now a fact," according to LIBERTAD DIGITAL. TVE Dir José Ramón Díez announced that the channel "will be closed" on Dec. 31. He said, "Until that date, any measure could be taken and the Government is still yet to present a definitive plan on the digital division of the TDT." Díez "has also proposed a change in the financing system, which needs 'perfecting,'" and added, "It is not a matter of removing advertising, but of guaranteeing good management. RTVE needs a stable budget, through money from the public and through what is received from private businesses" (LIBERTAD DIGITAL, 8/28).

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, a "fervent" ManU fan, has issued a decree "ordering state television to broadcast Premier League football," according to Corey Charlton of the London DAILY MAIL. It is believed English football matches "will soon be broadcast across the nation following his decision." It is "his passion for the Red Devils and English top flight football that reportedly paved the way for football to be included in the country's viewing schedule shake-up." However, it will "also be illegal." Football clubs sell their video rights to broadcasters in deals that "provide huge revenue and this is one way the league remains exceptionally lucrative." An EPL spokesperson said, "Nobody has the rights to broadcast Premier League football in North Korea so if this is happening then it is copyright theft, plain and simple" (DAILY MAIL, 8/27).

Football websites and social media in China "were abuzz" with reaction after Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande's "shock elimination" in AFC Champions League. An "amazing 60 million hits were recorded" in the Sina Weibo discussion "Guangzhou Evergrande" as of Thursday morning and topics on the website that broadcast the game live included "AFC Evergrande," "AFC Champions League" and "Evergrande vs Western Sydney" receiving a total 229,016 hits (CHINA DAILY, 8/28). ... La Liga and the Copa del Rey will be broadcast in Cyprus by PrimeTel this season. The pay broadcaster has "reportedly agreed a deal with the Asset OgilvyEntertainment agency," which sells rights to Spanish football in Cyprus (SOCCEREX, 8/27).