Television Rights

FIFA

Global media paid bribes, FIFA trial hears

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New York (AFP) – A former executive who cut a plea deal with US prosecutors told the FIFA trial in New York Tuesday that media companies including Fox Sports paid bribes to secure television rights to soccer matches.

Alejandro Burzaco, the former chairman of an Argentine sports marking company, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies and agreed to pay $21.

Mid-Day Ticker: Chelsea fails in move bid, WPS terminates magicJack and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Chelsea may not be bolting from Stamford Bridge for a new home after all.

The club came up short in its attempt to convince the necessary majority of the Chelsea Pitch Owners to sell back the stadium land that the club sold to the supporter-spearheaded group, and as a result, the club can't regain ownership of the entire grounds.

English Premier League

The good and bad of beIN Sport USA

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The future of soccer television in the United States has forever changed with the launched of beIN Sport USA, a new all soccer channel by Al Jazeera.

The channel has attracted a lot of attention by spending millions of dollars to get rights for top European leagues. Overall, the future for beIN Sport USA is very promising but what's the good and bad.

Del Nido Demands La Liga Equality In TV Revenue

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Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has once again called for change in the distribution of money from television rights in La Liga

Currently Real Madrid and Barcelona receive nearly 135million euros each per season from TV income, while the other La Liga clubs like Sevilla receive 31million euros.

Premier League’s £2bn-plus TV rights auction goes to second round

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This article titled "Premier League's £2bn-plus TV rights auction goes to second round" was written by Mark Sweney, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 12th June 2012 13.03 UTC

The Premier League's £2bn-plus auction of live UK television rights has gone to a second round with sources indicating a new bidder, thought to be al-Jazeera, has entered the fray against incumbents BSkyB and ESPN.

BSkyB and ESPN lead field for Premier League auction of live UK TV rights

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This article titled "BSkyB and ESPN lead field for Premier League auction of live UK TV rights" was written by Mark Sweney, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 7th June 2012 12.53 UTC

The Premier League's £2bn-plus auction of live UK television rights draws to a close on Friday, with a field of potential bidders including al-Jazeera, Google and Channel 4 understood to have dramatically thinned.

Man United Named World’s Most Valuable Club

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Manchester United have been named the most valuable football club in the world for the eight consecutive year by Forbes.

United are also ranked as the most valuable team in any sport, worth $2.24billion (£1.4bn), $385million more than baseball's New York Yankees and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Manchester United Once Again Named World’s Most Valuable Club

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Manchester United have been named the most valuable football club in the world for the eight consecutive year by Forbes.

United are also ranked as the most valuable team in any sport, worth $2.24billion (£1.4bn), $385million more than baseball's New York Yankees and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Fox will continue to grow the game

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In September, I wrote how Fox Sports choice to show Barclay's Premier League games on tape delay was a brilliant idea. Two weekends ago, Fox took it the next level by showing Manchester United vs. Arsenal live as a lead into the NFL Conference Championship Games. Sure the rating where not great. According to ESPN, the match was seen by 1.

A Year on the Liverpool Offside: Failing to Finish

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It wasn't all bad in the early going for Liverpool. The club was comfortably in the top ten in spite of the various struggles and unanswered questions, and there was a win in the derby over Everton despite Dirk Kuyt's first ever penalty miss for Liverpool to boost spirits. It might not have been the start fans had been hoping for after the way the previous season had ended, but it also wasn't the end of the world.

The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: The Ascent Of The Blue Sky Thinkers

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That 2011 should have seen a trickle of new ideas on the subject of how to reorganise English and European club football should come as no great surprise. Last year saw an unprecedented undermining in the authority of FIFA, following the flawed process for determining the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, whilst UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations were always likely to cause a fluster in England, which long ago submitted its professional game to the rigours and inherent inequalities of neo-capitalism with such gusto that it sometimes feels as if an accountancy qualification is of almost as much use to a supporter as a working knowledge of the office law.

Will The Premier League Pull Up The Drawbridge Once And For All?

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The warning signs were there, and it now looks as if there is at least a chance that the damn will burst. When Liverpool's Ian Ayre made his comments regarding the sale of television rights last week, there was widespread derision aimed in his direction, although this was tempered by the belief some even say understanding that Ayre was only saying aloud what others were thinking.

Liverpool & Manchester United Reach Stalemate, For Now

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Nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of anything season-defining coming from yesterday's match between Liverpool and Manchester United, the post-match speculation has largely centred upon claims made by Patrice Evra in the direction of Luis Suarez to a French television station after the match.

Ayre Explains TV Comments

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Ian Ayre insisted that Liverpool Football Club weren't looking to sell their own overseas television rights.
Clarifying comments made earlier this week regarding the sale of Barclays Premier League overseas rights, the Liverpool Managing Director claimed the debate needs to be opened up but believes his comments were taken out of context in the media.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre denies TV rights breakaway threat

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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre denies TV rights breakaway threat

The Liverpool managing director originally talked up a move for the Premier League heavyweights to break away from the current television rights deal in order to increase income

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beIN Sport acquires television rights to USMNT road World Cup qualifiers

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Fans in the United States will no longer have to worry about U.S. men's national team World Cup qualifiers being shown on pay-per-view.

New sports network beIN Sport announced in a press release Wednesday that it has acquired exclusive rights to televise the national team's road qualifiers for the remainder of the 2014 World Cup cycle, starting with the final two matches of this round, Sept.

Some Soccer News for Tue Jun 19, 2012

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STARTERS

The television rights in England for the Premier League went for $6 billion in a three-year deal announced on Wednesday -- an increase of 70 percent. BSkyB bought five packages covering 116 games a season, while British Telecom acquired the other two for 38 games.
-ESPN, ITV, BBC and others got no games.

Report: Guatemala-USA World Cup qualifier only available on pay-per view

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U.S. men's national team fans will be able to watch next month's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala, but they'll have to fork over a decent chunk of change to do so.

According to the New York Times, the match will be only accessible on television in the United States on pay-per view only for $29.

Report: Fox wins 2018, 2022 World Cup TV rights over ESPN*

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Associated Press Sports Writer Graham Dunbar has the scoop:

ZURICH (AP) -- A FIFA official with knowledge of the decision says Fox has won the U.S. television rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Fox was awarded the English-language rights and Telemundo the Spanish-language rights.

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How football has kept the Murdoch empire afloat

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This article titled "How football has kept the Murdoch empire afloat" was written by David Conn, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 15th June 2012 12.57 UTC

At the Leveson inquiry this week, the current and last Conservative prime ministers reflected on the fact that Rupert Murdoch's News International had, over 20 years, cemented too much power.

Ayre on TV rights

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Ayre on TV rights

Ian Ayre today insisted that Liverpool Football Club weren't looking to sell their own overseas television rights.

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Ayre explains TV comments

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Ayre explains TV comments

Ian Ayre today insisted that Liverpool Football Club weren't looking to sell their own overseas television rights.

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Clarification on why tonight's USMNT game is on pay-per-view

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Clarification on why tonight's USMNT game is on pay-per-view

"Who owns the rights to World Cup qualifying matches?
The worldwide television rights to each World Cup Qualifying match are initially the property of the hosting country. The host Federation, who often works with a third-party to commercialize these television rights, is the rights holder and can distribute the broadcast in various countries at its sole discretion.

Stories of the Year

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This is our last installment in a series of post setting out the top business stories in American soccer from 2011. We have looked at Portland and Kansas City while also discussing NBC's entry as a soccer broadcaster and FOX's big play for World Cup television rights. We will set up a vote to select the top story early next week.

Major League Soccer

The Importance of Saturday's Game on Local Broadcast TV

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The importance of television rights to soccer clubs and leagues cannot be overstated. Through these contracts, television networks disperse an enormous amount of currency worldwide to soccer leagues and their clubs. Television rights and distribution are the lifeblood of any league in any sport across the globe.

The MLS Schedule Conundrum That, Well, Isn't A Conundrum

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The 2012 Major League Soccer season kicked off this past weekend with a noticeable difference, the first match of the season was not broadcast on national television, in fact it wasn't till Sunday afternoon that an MLS match was broadcast nationally. While the realization of no national broadcast dawned somewhat late on many MLS fans, it did not go unnoticed on Saturday as fans scrounged to find free previews of either MLS's internet/cable season subscription packages or for an unsanctioned online feed.

Business Notes for the Upcoming Season

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Every season the Sports Business Journal provides an excellent in-depth look at the upcoming Major League Soccer season. A link to the excellent grouping of stories is here. The lead story is about the new relationship between NBC and MLS.

In August MLS and NBCÂ announced a three year television rights agreement that will put Major League Soccer on the Peacock and its affiliated sports channel from 2012-2014.

Business Snapshot: Television

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Last week we took a look at the status of expansion on the eve of the 2012 season. Today, with the start of the NBC/MLS relationship just days away, we thought it worth taking a quick snapshot of the American soccer broadcast relationships. In August MLS and NBC announced a three year television rights agreement that will put Major League Soccer on the Peacock and its affiliated sports channel from 2012-2014.

Fowler And Nando Set For India

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Former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Fernando Morientes have reportedly agreed to join a revamped Indian football league.
The format, which hopes to replicate the cricketing success of the Indian Premier League (IPL), is apparently attracting stars such as Fabio Cannavaro, Juan Pablo Sorin and Robert Pires.

Mid-Day Ticker: Warner releases FIFA details, Perez closing in on MLS and more

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Some of the back-room workings between Jack Warner and FIFA are starting to come to the surface.

Warner reportedly claimed that in exchange for drumming up support to get Sepp Blatter elected in the 1998 FIFA presidential election, he secured the television rights to the World Cup for his native Trinidad & Tobago for a single dollar.

Stories of the Year: Part Two

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Over the next couple of days (and in no particular order), we will present the top American soccer business stories of the year. Early next week we will conduct a vote to see which of the entrants you think is the winner. Yesterday we looked at the arrival of Portland and the re-birth of Kansas City.

Soccer Business Bits: Bids Submitted, Vancouver Strike & More

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Earlier this week we wrote about the bid submission process for television rights to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup. Those bids were submitted today in a closed door meeting. English and Spanish language rights are both in play. An announcement on the winner could come as early as Friday. As we said a couple of days back,the stakes are especially high since both ESPN and NBC have rights to MLS through 2014.

World Cup Bidding On Deck

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Just a few months back, soccer fans around the world eagerly waited announcement of the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The conventional wisdom suggested that an award of future World Cup to the United States was essential for the ongoing development of the sport in this country.

Manchester City

UEFA Fines Manchester City For Tardiness, Outrage Ensues

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Oh dear, this isn't going to turn out well at all.

UEFA has imposed a €30,000 on Manchester City for tardiness in the Europa League after fining Porto €10,000 for racism against two of City's players.

Outside of a strict, "All fines are relative to the clubs' bank accounts." clause, UEFA's PR team might want to put on several pots of coffee and get crackin'.

Man City Plan To Use Owen Hargreaves As Pitchside Cameraman During Games

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By Chris Wright

"You want me to wear a what now?"

The jokes kind of write themselves here, but Manchester City have announced that bench-bound midfielder Owen Hargreaves is to have a camera strapped to him 'Sub Cam' as they've called it during their next few home Premier League games, with the pitchside footage then broadcast live on the club's official Youtube channel, with edited highlights available on the following Monday.

The Rest

Houston Dynamo Sign Three Year Television Deal with Comcast SportsNet Houston

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On Wednesday January 30, 2013, the Houston Dynamo announced that the team has entered into a multiyear partnership with Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN).

The two sides reached a three-year agreement that will make CSN the home for regionally broadcast Dynamo matches from 2013 to 2015, which will be approximately 15 to 20 Dynamo games per season.

Liverpool Hunt New Managing Director After Disastrous Deadline Day

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Liverpool will restart their search for a new managing director next week following a disastrous transfer deadline day at the club, Goal.com can reveal.
Owners Fenway Sports Group have revived their plans after Ayre was deemed culpable for Brendan Rodgers being left with only two recognized strikers when the transfer window closed on Friday night after their pursuit of Clint Dempsey fell through.

Book Review - Football in the New Media Age

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Ironically enough, while reading Football in the New Media Age by Raymond Boyle and Richard Haynes and attempting to write a review about it, my computer was stolen from my apartment, effectively cutting off around 90% of the soccer-related interaction in my life. I still discussed it in person to an extent, but without easy access to the internet, my main source for news, information, match updates, sometimes the matches themselves, and general conversation over Twitter and via email were all gone.

War Breaks Out Over Europe As China’s ‘Now TV’ Release Awesomely Baffling Euro 2012 Advert (Video)

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By Chris Wright

With only 18 days to go until it all cracks off in Poland and Ukraine, China's Euro 2012 television rights holders Now TV have rolled out a new anime-style advert to tantalise the nation an advert which sees post-apocalyptic renderings of European landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower and the Houses Of Parliament reduced to smouldering rubble, followed by a football match and a lovely song, followed by a sequence which sees all-out war break out over the previously mentioned European landmarks as soldiers, tanks and bombers further raze the continent to the ground only to be defeated by the footballers and their powerful slide tackles THEN a rainbow lion descends from the sky and makes the world fall apart just before the winning goal gets lashed in.

Spain’s PP Wants More Equitable Split Of TV Revenue

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Spain's centre-right People's Party said it will push Real Madrid and Barcelona to have more equitable distribution of income from television rights, according to PP policymaker Miriam Blasco.

"You have to support the small teams as well, because it's true that the Spanish league would not exist if it was not working for all the clubs," Blasco, a candidate to become Spain's top sports official after the election, said in an interview.