Featured Live Sports - Soccer & Football August 2012

Don't miss the best Live Sports for top football matches. The information listed here is updated periodically as featured matches are identified.

2012 Spanish Supercopa Clasico
Thursday 23/08/12
Kick-Off at 16:30
FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid LIVE

English Premier League - Match Day 2 - Times are in EST

Wed 22/08/12
Chelsea 14:45 Reading

Sat 25/08/12
Swansea City 07:45 West Ham United
Aston Villa 10:00 Everton
Manchester United 10:00 Fulham
Norwich City 10:00 Queens Park Ra…
Southampton 10:00 Wigan Athletic
Sunderland 10:00 Reading
Tottenham Hotspur 10:00 West Brom
Chelsea 12:30 Newcastle United

English Premier League - Match Day 1 - Times are in EST

Sat 18/08/12
Arsenal 10:00 Sunderland
Fulham 10:00 Norwich City
QPR 10:00 Swansea City
Reading 10:00 Stoke City
WBA 10:00 Liverpool
West Ham United 10:00 Aston Villa
Newcastle United 12:30 Tottenham Hotspur

Sun 19/08/12
Wigan Athletic 08:30 Chelsea
Manchester City 11:00 Southampton

Mon 20/08/12
Everton 15:00 Manchester United

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Archive of 2012 EURO 2012 Matches

Saturday Euro 2012 Action 09/06/12
12:00 PM Netherlands vs Denmark
14:45 PM Germany vs Portugal

Friday Euro 2012 Action 08/06/12
12:00 PM Poland Greece
Russia vs Czech Republic

Sunday Euro 2012 Action 10/06/12
12:00 PM Spain vs Italy
14:45 PM Ireland Republic vs Croatia

Monday Euro 2012 Action 11/06/12
12:00 PM France vs England
14:45 PM Ukraine vs Sweden

Tuesday Euro 2012 Action 12/06/12
12:00 PM Greece vs Czech Republic
14:45 PM Poland vs Russia

Wednesday Euro 2012 Action 13/06/12
12:00 PM Denmark vs Portugal
14:45 PM Netherlands vs Germany

Thursday Euro 2012 Action 14/06/12
12:00 PM Italy vs Croatia
14:45 Spain vs Ireland Republic vs

Friday Euro 2012 Action15/06/12
12:00 PM Ukraine vs France
14:45 Sweden vs England

Saturday Euro 2012 Action 16/06/12
14:45 Greece vs Russia
14:45 Czech Republic vs Poland

Sunday Euro 2012 Action 17/06/12
14:45 Portugal vs Netherlands
14:45 Denmark vs Germany

Monday Euro 2012 Action 18/06/12
14:45 Croatia vs Spain
14:45 Italy vs Ireland Republic

Tuesday Euro 2012 Action 19/06/12
14:45 SWednesday Euro 2012 Action en vs France
14:45 England vs Ukraine

Soccer TV Sports Rights 2012 - notes and comments

Armenia TV Gets Free-to-air Champions League Rights
Rights - Soccer - Armenia TV has acquired all free-to-air media rights to broadcast matches of soccer's Uefa Champions ...more

Top Stories
IMG Takes Legal Action to Prevent Another Golf Agent from Leaving to Join Excel

Agency - Golf IMG, the international sports and entertainment company, is taking legal action to try to prevent another agent from its golf division, Jon Heaton, who worked on the account of Luke Donald among other star professional golfers, from joining Excel Spo... more

Sky Italia and Mediaset Agree Champions League and Europa League Rights Sharing Deal

Rights - Soccer - Sky Italia and Mediaset, the Italian broadcasters, have reached an agreement to share their respecti ...more


Three-year TV deal for Russian Premier League
Jul 06, 2012 - 10:29 am
Russian digital satellite television service NTV Plus has acquired further rights to the Russian Premier League.

NTV-Plus Gets Broadcast Rights to Russian Premier League
Media / Broadcasting
Friday, 06 July 2012 13:11
Leading Russian satellite broadcaster NTV-Plus has obtained the rights to the country's Premier Football League for the next three seasons.

Gazeta reports that the main matches will be shown on NTV, with the remainder being carried on a newly created channel named TV League.

NTV-Plus has also secured the internet rights to the league for the next three seasons.

Significantly, the rights are not exclusive and negotiations are still continuing with the state broadcaster RTR.



QuipuTV to Stream July Qualifying Matches for 2015 Cricket World Cup
Rights - Cricket - QuipuTV, the UK-based multimedia production company, has struck a deal with the International Cricke ...more


Euro 2012 Helps Zattoo Register Record Number of German Users
Internet - Soccer - Zattoo, the internet television broadcaster, attracted record numbers of users in Germany for the mo ...more


Belgian League TV Rights Row Resolved as Rebel Clubs Accept Telenet Deal
Rights - Soccer - Pro League, the top-tier Belgian professional soccer league, has approved the membership of Charlero ...more


Fox Sports Brasil Hits Rivals' Audiences as Corinthians' Copa Libertadores Win Boosts Globo
TV Ratings - Soccer - The entry of Fox Sports Brasil into the Brazilian market this year has contributed to a fall in audi ...more

UEFA has announced that Setanta Sports Australia as replaced ESPN Australia has the co-rightsholder of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for August 2012-May 2015:

The decision by ESPN, Inc. to walk away from an expensive international soccer product on weekday mornings in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific is consistent with all the other decisions ESPN. Inc. has made recently to cut back on programming in several international markets, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Going forward, ESPN/ESPN2 Australia's flagship live event programming on weekday mornings and early afternoons will be St. Mary's College (Moraga, California, USA) men's basketball, with 18 games each season in January-March via ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU USA and/or Comcast SportsNet California/Bay Area.


Eurosport France Acquires Exclusive Rights To Lyon's Women's Champions League Matches - Soccer

Rai and B4 Italia Retain Coppa Italia Rights as Fee Increases - Soccer


Portugal's SIC Secures First Pick Europa League Match for Next Three Seasons
Rights - Soccer - Uefa, European soccer's governing body, announced today that SIC, the Portuguese commercial broadcas ...more


Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Renews Europa League Rights Deal
Rights - Soccer - ProSiebenSat.1, the German commercial broadcaster, has extended its rights deal to broadcast the Uef ...more


AZTV Acquires Free-to-air Europa League Rights in Azerbaijan
Rights - Soccer - AZTV, the public-service broadcaster in Azerbaijan, has acquired all free-to-air rights to broadcast ...more


Al Jazeera Sport gets first live cricket rights
Jun 13, 2012 - 10:53 am
Al Jazeera Sport has secured the live TV rights to the Friends Life t20 tournament in a deal with ESPN Star Sports, the Asian broadcast partner of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).


The English Premier League has secured a huge 70% rise in the value of its domestic live broadcast rights, with BSkyB and BT splashing out a combined £3.018 billion in an agreement spanning three seasons from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

Rai picks up Serie A highlights package
May 30, 2012 - 02:40 pm
Italian broadcaster Rai has acquired a package of rights to screen Serie A soccer highlights on free-to-air television in Italy from the 2012/13 season to 2014/15.


BBC Retains Premier League Highlights Rights until 2016 at Slightly Higher Cost - Soccer
The BBC, the UK's public-service broadcaster, has today extended its contract to show highlights from English soccer's top-tier Premier League in a three-year deal worth nearly £60 million ($94 millio... more


Setanta Retains Europa League Media Rights in Ireland
Rights - Soccer - Setanta Sports, the pay-television broadcaster, has retained rights in Ireland to show matches from ...more


Portugal's SIC Lands Europa League Rights as RTP Considers Bid for Domestic League Package
Rights - Soccer - SIC, the Portuguese commercial broadcaster, has renewed its free-to-air rights deal for the Uefa Eur ...more


Al Jazeera to Launch Two Sports Channels in US
Media / Broadcasting
Monday, 21 May 2012 15:18

Middle East network, Al-Jazeera, says it is launching two sports channels in the United States in August.

The Qatar-based broadcaster says it plans to show league soccer from Spain, France and Italy as well as the Copa America and South American qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The network will be called beIN Sports USA.

BeIN Sports managing director Youssef Mohammad al-Obaidly says the channels will be "a new way of watching sports, a better way."

He says the network is in "the last stages of negotiation with different providers, having secured two major deals so far that will bring the channel to subscribers' homes on August 1."


Fox Sports Brasil Launches iPhone App to Complement TV Coverage - Soccer---

TVM and MTV get Euro 2012 rights
May 18, 2012 - 12:49 pm
Television Maldives (TVM) and Villa TV (VTV) are to broadcast Uefa Euro 2012 in the Maldives.


Al Jazeera's BeIN Sports USA Proclaims Deal with Full Play for 2015 Copa America Rights - Soccer

Copa America 2015 will be exclusively on beIN Sports USA

Copa America 2015 will be live exclusively on beIN Sports USA, as Qatar Media Corporation has purchased the U.S. TV rights:


New Digital Destination: ESPN Deportes+ por ESPN3

Programming lineup includes: Barclay's Premier League, International soccer friendlies, World Cup Qualifiers, Winter Baseball from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, college football, college basketball, tennis and much more.

Road to World Cup: World Cup qualifying matches & international friendlies

ESPN Deportes will air close to 80 UEFA and CONCACAF select qualifiers and international friendlies. Both friendlies and qualifiers will feature favorites including the Netherlands, Portugal, England, Italy, France and current World Cup Champion, Spain.

Brazilian Soccer: the Campeonato Brasileiro and the Campeonato Paulista

ESPN Deportes will continue to broadcast select matches of two top Brazilian soccer properties on the weekends. The Campeonato Brasileiro is a professional soccer league at the top of the Brazilian football league; the season runs from May to December The Campeonato Paulista is the top-flight professional soccer league in the Brazilian state of São Paulo; the season runs annually January to May.

Premier League Agrees New Three-year Rights Deals in Scandinavia with MTG and TV2 - Soccer
English soccer's top-tier Premier League has struck its first media rights deals for the 2013-14 to 2015-16 cycle, agreeing new contracts with broadcasters in Scandinavia, a move which puts an end to ... more


AZTV to air Champions League in Azerbaijan
May 10, 2012 - 11:37 am
AZTV has acquired the free-to-air media rights to the Uefa Champions League in Azerbaijan for the next three seasons.


ESPN Star Sports brings La Liga to Singapore
May 10, 2012 - 11:44 am
Asian sports content provider ESPN Star Sports has secured the exclusive live rights to broadcast action from Spain's La Liga in Singapore until the end of the 2014/15 season.


Teleclub nets Swiss rights to top European soccer
May 04, 2012 - 11:02 am
Pay television operator Teleclub has acquired a package of rights to the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League in Switzerland covering the 2012 to 2015 cycle.


ESPN Star Sports Wins La Liga Rights in Singapore To Expand Asian Coverage
Rights - Soccer - ESPN Star Sports, the pan-Asian sports broadcaster, has today acquired live rights in Singapore to S ...more


Abu Dhabi Media to Show Premier League after New Deal


AZTV Gets Azerbaijan Rights to Champions League


CUefa completes Croatian Europa League rights sales
May 09, 2012 - 10:51 am
Hrvatski Telekom has secured a package of Croatian media rights to the Uefa Europa League from 2012 to 2015.


Croatian Telco Acquires Europa League Rights to Complete Sales Process - Soccer


Teleclub Retains Pay-TV Rights in Switzerland to European Clubs Competitions
Rights - Soccer - Teleclub, the Swiss pay-television broadcaster, has today retained rights to broadcast the Uefa Cham ...more


NOS acquires rights to 2014 and 2016 Games
May 03, 2012 - 12:04 pm
Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) has acquired the rights to the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi and the 2016 Games in Rio.


Sportsnet Secures Long-Term Extension for FA Cup Until 2018
– Most famous domestic cup competition continues on Sportsnet through to 2018 –
– Six-year, multiplatform agreement includes up to 59 matches per year –
– New deal includes rights for television, online and mobile –

TORONTO, ON (May 4, 2012) – Sportsnet today announced it has reached a six-year multiplatform extension for the FA Cup through the 2017-18 season, maintaining the network's hold as Canada's premier destination for the world's biggest soccer events.

The new deal delivers multimedia rights for up to 59 matches per year on television, online and mobile. The FA Cup is England's most historic club competition, highlighted by some of the world's best club teams including Manchester United and Arsenal.

Today's announcement comes on the eve of the highly-anticipated 2012 FA Cup Final featuring Chelsea vs. Liverpool, airing this Saturday, May 5 on Sportsnet World. The action gets underway with the pre-game show at 11:15 a.m. ET / 8:15 a.m. PT.

Sportsnet's broadcast rights for the FA Cup dates back to 2009.

"Soccer's rapid popularity in Canada has developed a thirst for premier soccer events including the FA Cup tournament and the pageantry of the Cup Final," said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. "The new agreement fuels fans with premium soccer content across our multiple platforms and supports Sportsnet's already strong stable of best-in-class soccer properties."

Hot on the heels of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers acquisition announced earlier this week, today's announcement complements Sportsnet's robust lineup of recent multiplatform rights agreements for soccer including the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.

Over the next six years, Sportsnet's FA Cup coverage includes:
· First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Proper Rounds
· Replay matches
· Semifinals
· Final


Al Jazeera's US Channel Sets Launch Date and Promises La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 Coverage
Television - Business - Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that is dramatically expanding its international operations, ...more


Teleclub Retains Pay-TV Rights in Switzerland to European Clubs Competitions - Soccer


Sports media company Perform has completed a new agreement with South American agency Full Play Group that sees Perform acquire digital rights to the leading soccer leagues in Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru.

The three-and-a-half-year deal, which grants Perform rights to additional Full Play managed properties in the Americas, will see an additional 900 soccer matches appear across Perform's services every year on a near worldwide basis.


Local broadcaster acquires TV rights to 2015 Copa America
Apr 27, 2012 - 11:22 am
Chilean television station Canal 13 has acquired the exclusive television rights to the 44th edition of the Copa America which in 2015 will be hosted by Chile.


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Uefa awards Champions League rights in Macau

European soccer governing body Uefa has granted the media rights in Macau to the Champions League and Europa League to Teledifusão de Macau (TDM) for the next three seasons.
TDM will be allowed to screen one live game each match night from the Champions League, as well as a highlights programme. For the Europa League, TDM will have the rights to one live game per kick-off slot and a highlights programme each week. All of these games will be broadcast on the free-to-air TDM Desporto channel and will be made available via TDM's online and mobile platforms.

Uefa has announced the sale of Champions League and Europa League media rights for the period 2012-15 in Turkey, Canada and Romania.


Default FOX Soccer retains A-League through 2015
For insomniacs who need their live soccer fix at 3am Eastern Time:

FOX Soccer has extended its deal with the A-League through 2015.

The A-League is a really, really cheap minor league product for the overnight hours. U.S. media rights are worth no more than $250,000/year (if that).

Doesn't really change anything in terms of the "big picture" David Hill is concerned with.

"D-Day" for FOX Soccer is about 4 months away...

...GOLTV U.S. has gone "all-in" with Argentina through June 2014:

Boca Juniors

River Plate



No more MEDIAPRO products after May 2012.
Deal between GOLTV and World Eleven (on behalf of the AFA) is for the U.S. ONLY.
(Does not include Canada.) Deal covers friendlies only. (Does not include CONMEBOL qualifiers, which are controlled by Al Jazeera/beIN Sports USA.)

Goltv argentina league

French EUro 2012 rights

2 April 2012

Multi-territory coverage of "Aussie Rules" football
Live game coverage, plus weekly highlights on television
Live matches from the Regular season, Finals Series and Grand Final on ESPN in the UK, Ireland, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Canada and Israel

ESPN has announced a new deal with the Australian Football League (AFL) to bring viewers exclusive live television coverage of the AFL Premiership in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Canada, and sub-saharan Africa. Additionally, it has secured co-exclusive live television rights in the Caribbean and Israel.

The deal will run for the next three seasons, including the current season. ESPN will bring viewers in these territories extensive coverage of the league, which attracts the highest in-stadia attendances of all sports leagues in Australia and has the third highest average attendance of any sports league in the world.

At least one live match per week will be aired on ESPN channels throughout the season across all these territories. The 23-round regular season is played between March and August, followed by the Finals Series, where the top teams play off for the right to make the Grand Final. The live TV telecast of the Grand Final itself will also be exclusively on ESPN channels. In addition, fans will be able to keep up to date with all the action during each round with a dedicated weekly TV highlights show.

The 2012 AFL season follows on from a 2011 season that saw Geelong lift the Premiership Cup after a 38-point victory over Collingwood at the MCG in Melbourne. The league welcomes a new team this year, Greater Western Sydney.

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice President TV Channels, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We're delighted to continue our collaboration with the AFL and bring the thrilling sport of Aussie Rules to millions. Broadcasting Australian Rules Football demonstrates the range and depth of content we strive to offer ESPN viewers and is a great addition to our live sport line-up in each of these territories."

Gillon McLachlan, AFL Chief Operating Officer, stated "The AFL is delighted to announce a new three-year agreement with ESPN. The AFL and ESPN have built a wonderful partnership over the last three years and we are thrilled to have our code broadcast on such an esteemed network throughout many territories worldwide. I wish to thank ESPN for their ongoing commitment to AFL internationally."

- ENDS -


Q: What is the world's largest all-sports TV channel in terms of households passed?

(Hint: NOT ESPN U.S., not even close.)

A: CCTV5, which reaches 360 million TV households free-to-air in Mainland China.

CCTV5 is part of China Central Television (CCTV), which is owned by the Chinese government. NewsCorp has a very close advising/consulting relationship with CCTV.

UEFA has granted CCTV5 exclusive live TV rights to 27 Euro 2012 matches (out of 31), with simulcast of all 31 matches on CCTV's Internet ( and mobile platforms.

CCTV5 has an "all time buy, all the time" policy. International event promoters such as UEFA, NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, the Bundesliga, and La Liga all have to lease time from CCTV5.

(Because the English Premier League wanted a rights fee up front, it cannot do business with CCTV.)


Eurosport renews Africa Cup of Nations rights for next two editions

The Eurosport Group has secured pan-European exclusive TV and digital LIVE rights
for the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in all territories, except France. All
matches will be covered LIVE and in HD on Eurosport and Eurosport 2. Online, the
Eurosport Player will bring fans on PC and mobile devices all matches LIVE along
with a complete VOD service.


ITV scores rights to FA Cup and England internationals

Sport TV acquires Europa League rights in Portugal
Dec 21, 2011 - 10:45 am
Pay-TV operator Sport TV has acquired the Portuguese media rights to the Uefa Europa League for the period 2012 to 2015.


Having won the media rights to the Uefa Champions League last month, Czech TV has now added a Europa League package to its line-up for the period 2012 to 2015.


UEFA Give Media Rights to Czech TV & Canal+ Afrique


BBC and ITV confirm Euro 2012 deal
Dec 12, 2011 - 01:10 pm
Uefa has confirmed that the BBC and ITV will be the official UK broadcasters of Euro 2012.

Canal Plus gets Champions League rights package
Dec 12, 2011 - 12:42 pm
Canal Plus has secured the final rights package to the Uefa Champions League in France for the 2012 to 2015 period.


New Ligue 1 TV Deals Signed in Turkey and South Korea - Soccer
The LFP, the French professional soccer league, has announced new broadcast deals for the top-tier Ligue 1 in Turkey and South Korea. ... more


USA's GolTV Renews Rights to Brazilian Soccer Leagues
Rights - Soccer - GolTV, the USA-based soccer broadcaster, has renewed its rights deal to show the Campeonato Brasilei ...more

Sport1 Gains Rights to Spain's La Liga for Three Years


Eredivisie Live Gets Europa League Rights in Netherlands
Eredivisie Live Holds onto Europa League Rights in Netherlands to 2015
Rights - Soccer - Eredivisie Live, the subscription television channel of the top Dutch soccer league, the Eredivisie, ...more


ESPN acquires Latin American Bundesliga rights
Dec 06, 2011 - 08:58 am
ESPN has acquired the media rights to Germany's Bundesliga for the entire Latin America region, stepping up its coverage which previously only included Brazil.

Al Jazeera Gets French Rights to Champions League

Al Jazeera acquires French Champions League rights
Dec 06, 2011 - 09:13 am
Qatar-based Al Jazeera's foray into the French television rights market has been extended after it was awarded four of the five French Uefa Champions League rights packages from 2012 to 2015.


Brazil's SporTV Renews Commitment To Show Fifa Club World Cup
Rights - Soccer - SporTV, the Brazilian sports channel owned by Globosat, the pay-television operator, has committed t ...more


Sky Deutschland Finally Gets Hands on Serie A Rights Again
Rights - Soccer - Sky Deutschland, the German pay-television broadcaster, has acquired rights to show live games from ...more


Ustream to Provide Online Live Coverage of Asian Soccer's SAFF Championship

Telenet secures remaining Jupiler League rights
Nov 24, 2011 - 11:40 am
Telenet has snapped up the sixth and final broadcast rights package for the Jupiler League, Belgium's top soccer competition, in a two-year deal that will see the Belgian cable broadcaster air every match from next season.


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Brazilian media deals signed
Esporte Interativo and Terra awarded Brazil rights
Sports channel Esporte Interativo and internet platform Terra have been awarded UEFA Europa League media rights for the competition's 2012–15 cycle as content partners in Brazil.


ARD and Sky to broadcast all DFB Cup games live
Nov 09, 2011 - 11:46 am
The German Football Association (DFB) has awarded the media rights for the DFB Cup through 2016.


ESPN Star Sports scores La Liga rights

ESPN Star Sports (ESS), Asia's biggest sports content provider, has secured live and exclusive rights to broadcast the Spanish La Liga for the 2012/13 to 2014/15 seasons, on multiple distribution platfor/Users/waltergomes/Desktop/TV Rights TO DO.txtms in 18 markets across Asia.

The acquisition allows for exploitation in standard and HD television, as well as via online and mobile platforms. The deal also includes the option to showcase select games from La Liga in 3D. ESS will be able to broadcast the whole of La Liga providing coverage of up to 380 games across its channels in 18 countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and North Korea; as well as China & South Korea in English only.

ESS will provide coverage across all platforms through its broadcast channels: ESPN, STAR Sports and ESPN HD, its online offering ESPN Player, and the mobile brand Mobile ESPN. The three-year La Liga deal bolsters ESS' current list of football properties, which includes the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup and England home matches and major tournaments from Asian Football Confederation.


Norwegian soccer league distributes broadcast rights
Nov 01, 2011 - 02:18 pm
Television channel TV 2 league has acquired the broadcast rights for the first tier in the Norwegian soccer league system, the Tippeligaen, from 2013 - 2016.


FIFA Secure Three More TV Rights Deals For World Cups Gaining Almost Two Billion PDF Print E-mail
Media / Broadcasting
Thursday, 27 October 2011 12:48

After awarding the US media rights last week, FIFA has continued to sell rights after agreeing three deals which has secured more than $1.85 billion for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Soccer's ruling body extended agreements with SBS in Australia and IMC in the Caribbean region, while Bell Media was selected in Canada, the Zurich-based organization said in a statement today.

The World Cup is FIFA's main source of income, with last year's tournament in South Africa bringing in about $4 billion.

Secretary General Jerome Valcke said in the statement: "FIFA is delighted with the progress of our media rights sales to date which, coming amid austere economic times, more than confirm the strength and appeal of our competitions." .

Last week, News Corp's Fox was awarded the English-language rights in the U.S. to the tournaments scheduled for Russia and Qatar and other events between 2015 and 2022. Telemundo, part of Comcast Corp.'s NBC Universal unit, has the Spanish-language rights.

Business Daily said Fox is paying $450 million to $500 million, as much as five times more than Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN paid for the current cycle which culminates with the 2014

EMAIL: Toronto, ON (October 27, 2011) – Bell Media announced today it has reached an agreement with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) securing media rights to a comprehensive soccer programming package from 2015 through to 2022, including exclusive Canadian broadcast rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 in Canada.

Canadians can expect to see complete FIFA World Cup coverage in both English and French exclusively on Bell Media's industry leading platforms between 2015 and 2022. This includes English language coverage on CTV, Canada's #1 television network, as well as on TSN, Canada's #1 specialty channel, TSN2, TSN Radio, and TSN Mobile TV. French language coverage airs exclusively on RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel, along with RDS2,, and RDS Mobile TV


Infront Lands World Cup Rights in Asia as Fifa Raises $1.85bn from Various International Deals - Soccer
Infront Sports and Media, the Switzerland-based international sports marketing agency, has acquired distribution rights to soccer's 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments in 26 Asian countries, as Fifa, ... more


Elsewhere, free-to-air channel Esporte Interativo will retain Tuesday's first pick in Brazil up until the quarter-finals with ESPN broadcasting two live matches per matchnight across both ESPN and ESPN Brasil as well as the final and UEFA Super Cup.



Will continue as exclusive pay TV broadcaster of European competition;
Multiplatform rights for up to 176 matches per seasonemail: ESPN EXPANDS RIGHTS TO UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE IN UK

Will continue as exclusive pay TV broadcaster of European competition;
Multiplatform rights for up to 176 matches per season


Uefa awards Europa League rights in the UK

18 October 2011 | Posted in Broadcast, Soccer, Europe | By Michael Long

Uefa has awarded the multi-platform media rights to the Uefa Europa League in the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2015 to ITV and ESPN.

Under the terms of the deal brokered by Team Marketing AG, commercial broadcaster ITV will screen two live matches each match week on its ITV4 channel, followed by a round-up of the night's action.

In addition, ITV4 will broadcast a full weekly highlights programme on Fridays each match week, while matches in the latter stages featuring local teams may be aired on the broadcaster's ITV1 channel.


Fox Soccer retains FA rights
Oct 13, 2011 - 10:00 am
English soccer governing body the Football Association (FA) has renewed its deal with Fox Soccer for exclusive media rights in the US and the Caribbean until the end of the 2017/18 season.

ESPN and Esporte Interativo acquire media rights in Brazil
Oct 03, 2011 - 10:20 am
Esporte Interativo and ESPN have been awarded the rights to broadcast the Uefa Champions League in Brazil from 2012-2015.

Portugal's TVI Seems Virtually Guaranteed Uefa Champions League Rights after RTP Withdrawal
Rights - Soccer - TVI, the Portuguese commercial broadcaster, appears almost certain to win the free-to-air rights to ...more

Aussie A League on One World Sports as per Angelica Nelson Email of Sep 29.

Fox Sports to broadcast Nokia Champions League Twenty20
Sep 22, 2011 - 01:38 pm
ESPN Star Sports, the official broadcaster and commercial partner of the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 cricket competition until 2018, has announced a multi-platform broadcast partnership with Australian sports broadcaster Fox Sports.


Launch of Fox Sports Brasil a 'Blow' to Brazilian Rivals - Soccer
Fox Sports Latin America, the pan-regional pay-television sports broadcaster, is set to launch a Brazilian window next year, in a move that will pose a serious challenge to existing sports channels in... more


Cricket South Africa Signs Largest-ever TV Deals with Taj and Willow - Cricket


SNTV Acquires Rights outside Europe to Next Three Africa Cup of Nations - Soccer


Globo and Bandeirantes Partner again to Seal New Champions League Deal -
Uefa has awarded Brazilian broadcaster Globo free-to-air media rights for the Champions League, European soccer's elite club competition, from 2012 to 2015.



SINGAPORE and DALLAS – August 30, 2011 – One World Sports (OWS), North America's leading Asian sports provider, has secured an exclusive agreement for the North American multi-platform rights to a wide-ranging series of soccer matches from the third round of qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from World Sport Group (WSG).

OWS will present select live and same day delayed matches from the qualifying soccer rounds in English.

The first series of games will be broadcast through OWS on Sept. 2 featuring China versus Singapore, Australia versus Thailand and Syria versus Uzbekistan. Four days later, on Sept. 6, OWS will broadcast series two games including Uzbekistan versus Japan and Indonesia versus Bahrain.

OWS' live and exclusive exhibition of select Asian qualifying matches follows its successful transmission of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™, Asia's top event and the AFC Champions League 2011, the region's premier club competition as well as other top-level international professional soccer. OWS is now available on DISH Network and local cable.

"The Asian qualifying matches are a fantastic addition to our live and exclusive multi-screen sports rights," Preston Bornman, Chief Operating Officer, One World Sports. "The qualification matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup showcase soccer on a global basis, and we are proud to offer these games halfway around the globe."

"World Sport Group and One World Sports are working closely to introduce U.S. soccer fans to the excitement and quality of Asian soccer which is growing steadily in North America," said Mark Hardess, President, ASEAN and Australia, World Sport Group. "One World Sports provides the ideal platform to deliver the very best soccer from Asia to fans in the U.S."



DALLAS and SINGAPORE– August 29, 2011 – One World Sports (OWS), North America's leading Asian sports provider, has signed an exclusive agreement with World Sport Group (WSG) to distribute Asian soccer qualification matches for next year's London 2012 games on a multi-media basis in North America.

OWS will present live and same-day coverage from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Qualifiers for both the men and women's tournaments in English for select matches.

"The AFC Asian Qualifiers multi-platform rights are on strategy with the long-term commitment of One World Sports to deliver Asia's best soccer events live to U.S. sports fans on any device," said Preston Bornman, Chief Operating Officer, One World Sports. "Exclusive coverage of the AFC Asian Qualifiers is a natural follow-up to the American response to the Women's World Cup, and we expect the men and women's Asian qualifying matches to generate great interest among U.S. soccer and sports fans, particularly among the Asian population."

The acquisition of the AFC Asian Qualifiers follows the success of OWS' live and exclusive exhibition of the 32-game AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ in North America and the ongoing 2011 AFC Champions League, the region's premier club competition. The AFC Champions League and the AFC Asian Qualifiers as well as other top soccer events from Asia are on OWS, which is now available on DISH Network and local cable.

"One World Sports is doing an outstanding job introducing the United States to Asian soccer," said Mark Hardess, President, ASEAN and Australia, World Sport Group. "World Sport Group is excited to expand our relationship with One World Sports to include the AFC Asian Qualifiers and to extend our partners' broadcast reach to U.S. fans. Soccer fans in the United States can now follow the exciting year-long build-up to next year's games in London."

The AFC Asian Qualifiers begin Sept. 1 with the Women's Final Qualification Round featuring FIFA Women's World Cup champions Japan and Thailand. The round also includes teams from Australia, Korea Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China in matches being held on September 3, 5 and 8.

The Men's third round of the Asian Qualifiers begins on September 21. This round comprises 12 of the region's top teams including Japan, Australia, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The first day's matches feature Australia and the United Arab Emirates followed by Japan versus Malaysia. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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German channel to broadcast live Serie A

25 August 2011 | Posted in Broadcast, Soccer, Europe | By David Cushnan

German pay television channel Sportdigital has renewed and expanded its Italian soccer rights package, securing live broadcast rights to Serie A. Up to three live games will be shown per weekend, some 86 matches overall during the course of the 2011/12 season.

Live coverage will be supplemented by a weekly magazine programme, encompassing highlights and comment. Miroslav Klose and Kevin-Prince Boateng are amongst the German stars playing in Italy, which is likely to boost audiences in Germany.

Gisbert Wundram, the chief executive of Sportdigital, said: "We continue the success of the last Serie A season by smoothly extending our broadcasting rights on the Italian league. We have consistently been working on expanding our live match programme from one of the most thrilling leagues in Europe. Now we managed to realize it with a total of 86 games."

All games will be available on the Sportdigital website in Germany for a small fee. Sportdigital's rights portfolio also includes the Dutch Eredivisie, Russian Premier League and the Championship from England.

Fox Sports to broacast Europa League

25 August 2011 | Posted in Broadcast, Soccer, North America | By David Cushnan

Fox Sports has won the media rights to the Uefa Europa League, European club soccer's secondary competition, in the USA and Caribbean for 2012 to 2015. The deal is exclusive in the United States but not in the Caribbean.

Fox Sports will replace DirecTV as the rights-holder in the territories. The network previously won the rights to the top-tier Uefa Champions League foe the same period.

In a statement Uefa said: "Uefa is delighted to announce the award of Uefa Europa League rights to Fox Sports. Fox Sports' strong coverage commitment to the Uefa Europa League will help to further grow the profile and recognition of the competition in the territory."

Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast two Europa League games per week under the terms of the contract, as well as highlights and delayed match coverage. Fox Soccer Plus will also show one live match up to the quarter-finals stage.

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FOX Sports will replace DirecTV as the U.S. broadcaster of Europa League action. UEFA announced Wednesday the three-year deal that will see FOX Soccer Channel air at least two live matches a week as well as one highlights program and one delayed game. FOX Soccer Plus will also show one live match for each kick-off slot up to the quarterfinals. "FOX Sports' strong coverage commitment to the UEFA Europa League will help to further grow the profile and recognition of the competition in the territory," UEFA said in a statement. The purchase of the Europe League package comes on the heels of FOX's recent acquisition of Champions League rights through 2015 as well. Wednesday's deal also includes non-exclusive rights in the Caribbean.

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Organización de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas, Regional broadcasting consortium (OTI) has been awarded the free-to-air rights to both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

The pay media rights were assigned to ESPN International and FOX Sports Latin America

Also media rights to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League have been granted to Meridiano in Venezuela, STVS in Surinam and Telecorporación Salvadoreña in El Salvador. The UEFA club competitions will be broadcast on Meridiano TV 39, STVS and Canal 4 respectively.

The partners will show live the top Wednesday UEFA Champions League match, the UEFA Champions League final, the UEFA Super Cup and the first pick of the week for the UEFA Europa League. They will also complement their coverage with a highlights programme every matchweek.

All games will also be available via mobile and internet in line with UEFA's platform neutral approach.

UEFA said: "UEFA is delighted to announce these media rights deals on free-to-air channels throughout Latin America. They will all ensure significant exposure is achieved throughout each territory and will therefore guarantee optimal access to UEFA club competitions for football fans in Latin America."

UEFA would like to thank current rights holders SCCN, Televideo, RCN Colombia and Caracol for their valued and continued commitment to the UEFA club competitions.

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Serie A agrees free-to-air Indonesian deal
Aug 22, 2011 - 10:11 am
Indonesian publicly owned television station Indosiar has agreed a broadcast extension with Italy's Serie A.

PSL renews agreement with Supersport
Aug 22, 2011 - 12:42 pm
South Africa's Premier Soccer League has signed a television rights agreement with satellite channel Supersport.

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