Australian women's cricket captain Meg Lanning "will take a big step into a male bastion this summer when she joins the Channel Nine commentary team," according to Chloe Saltau of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Although women have been involved in cricket coverage in presenting roles, "ball-by-ball commentary and special comments has been a men's domain for Nine." Lanning, 22, will call alongside the likes of Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell "for the domestic one-day tournament, the Matador BBQs Cup, next month." If that goes well, Nine's plan "is for the Southern Stars captain to commentate on the men's Twenty20 international games between Australia and South Africa in November." Lanning said, "It's an exciting opportunity to do something a little bit different. ... I watch a lot of men's and women's cricket so I feel like I really know the game and I've got a little bit to give there." The move "also enhances Lanning's reputation as a groundbreaker." This year "she became the youngest Australian, male or female, to captain her country and led the side to a third consecutive World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh." Nine Head of Sport Steve Crawley said, "Everyone asks about adding a female to commentary ... and I've always been very aware that it will eventually happen, don't force it. It's got to be right" (SMH, 9/3).
Channel 4 will broadcast 21 live NFL games during the '14-15 season, "the largest number of games ever shown on free-to-air television" in the U.K. over the course of one campaign, according to James Riach of the London GUARDIAN. The broadcaster, "entering its second year of a two-season contract with the NFL, will show all three matches played at Wembley, 17 other regular-season games and February’s Super Bowl." Channel 4 "will begin its coverage on Sunday when the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts" (GUARDIAN, 9/2).
Starting Wednesday, basketball fans will be able to see "every remaining game" of the FIBA World Cup via Mediaset's Mitele.es website, according to Patricia Cazón of AS. Mediaset, which "previously responded to complaints over a lack of coverage" by making six additional group stage games available via livestream on Mitele, on Monday announced that "its online platform will carry every remaining World Cup game in an effort to make every minute of every game reach fans via TV or the Internet." The network "had received complaints throughout the weekend over the initially planned coverage of just 15 of the tournament's 60 group stage games." Spain's Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio "joined the fans, lamenting the inability to watch all of their team's games" (AS, 9/2).
BT Consumer Division CEO John Petter said that Sky will find it a "challenge" to retain the rights to televise all EPL matches in the next round of auctions for the games. Petter said that "Sky would struggle to keep the rights to the 116 games per season it holds at the next auction slated for next year." Petter said, "The question for them is, given the high prices that they charge, can they hold on to what they have? Because any outcome apart from keeping hold of the 116 games that they have is really a real problem for them" (CNBC, 9/2). ... The K-League launched an English-language website Wednesday, "hoping that the move will help it better communicate with its growing international fan base." The website at www.kleague.com/eng "contains information" on the first-division K-League Classic and the second-tier K-League Challenge. The site "features fixtures and results, match reports, statistics, league tables, video highlights and overviews of each club in both circuits" (YONHAP, 9/3).