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MI
Michael
rdd posted:
the biggest pay TV sports broadcaster’s only rights to the sport are for a series of matches that only takes place once every four years and looks unlikely to go ahead this year.


They've seized on BoJo's statement to make a case for a home series with spectators, which seems the most likely option at the moment.
HC
Hatton Cross


Just hope the BBC give it the sort of coverage London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 had with every sport having a dedicated live stream, not the ridiculous restriction to one extra stream we saw in 2018 despite the BBC having full rights.


I do as well, but I think it probably won't be linar - and everything will be shown via the BBC Sport section of the I-Player
DV
DVB Cornwall
Dropped in on SS Action which is showing 'Superbowl LIV' - nothing unusual with a rerun, but it seems that it's the CBS version only. It doesn't seem to have any of the Sky inserts featured. Is this normal for American Football reruns or is this a special arrangement for this showpiece match?
UK
UKnews
Dropped in on SS Action which is showing 'Superbowl LIV' - nothing unusual with a rerun, but it seems that it's the CBS version only. It doesn't seem to have any of the Sky inserts featured. Is this normal for American Football reruns or is this a special arrangement for this showpiece match?

Very common. For most of the highlights shows there’d be a (very brief) Neil Reynolds intro at the start, usually at the end you may get a bit of on pitch interview from the US network and then straight to the Sky copyright sting.
BR
Brekkie
Two bits of rugby news - Sky Sports Arena will be rebranded Sky Sports Rugby League for a week building up to the return of the Super League, showing 40 classic matches.
https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/sky-sports-launch-pop-rugby-league-channel

And paywalled but C4 set to pick up highlights of the Lions tour according to the Telegraph. They claim it's 28 years since they were on terrestrial TV but surely that's live - I'm sure they were on Grandstand through to 2001 or 2005.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2021/02/26/channel-4-poised-win-race-show-summer-british-irish-lions-tour/
RD
rdd Founding member
rdd posted:
the biggest pay TV sports broadcaster’s only rights to the sport are for a series of matches that only takes place once every four years and looks unlikely to go ahead this year.


They've seized on BoJo's statement to make a case for a home series with spectators, which seems the most likely option at the moment.


I really can’t see it happening. Certainly there won’t be any game in Dublin with supporters.
RO
robertclark125
Two bits of rugby news - Sky Sports Arena will be rebranded Sky Sports Rugby League for a week building up to the return of the Super League, showing 40 classic matches.
https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/sky-sports-launch-pop-rugby-league-channel

And paywalled but C4 set to pick up highlights of the Lions tour according to the Telegraph. They claim it's 28 years since they were on terrestrial TV but surely that's live - I'm sure they were on Grandstand through to 2001 or 2005.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2021/02/26/channel-4-poised-win-race-show-summer-british-irish-lions-tour/


There were highlights on S4C in 1997, 2009, and I think 2017. The last time highlights or live coverage of the lions were shown fta on a traditional free channel uk wide were 1993 on ITV.
RD
rdd Founding member
Some interesting talk about the NFL, which is apparently poised to announce its next TV rights deal. As I’ve noted before the contrast with European leagues and their exclusive deals is notable, with no less than 5 TV partners (NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and NFL Network - six if you also count ABC who typically show one playoff game and the Pro Bowl). It seems to it will be more or less “as you were” for most purposes, but the speculation seems to be around the strange “produce and get some games” arrangement for TNF ending, and it going to NFL Network and Amazon with no terrestrial partner. In return ABC will get MNF back, some of the time anyway (but with all the games still on ESPN), and be back in the rotation for the Super Bowl.
GE
thegeek Founding member

Also the Birmingham 2022 schedule has been confirmed. First few days see cycling late afternoon and swimming in the evening before the athletics kicks in various other sports finals. The last Sunday of the games highlights womens sports, with the closing ceremony on the Monday.

ah yes, the track cycling in the well-known Birmingham suburb of... Stratford. Must keep an eye out for tickets for that!
JO
Jon
ah yes, the track cycling in the well-known Birmingham suburb of... Stratford. Must keep an eye out for tickets for that!

And not the one that’s about 20 miles away!
UK
UKnews
rdd posted:
Some interesting talk about the NFL, which is apparently poised to announce its next TV rights deal. As I’ve noted before the contrast with European leagues and their exclusive deals is notable, with no less than 5 TV partners (NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, and NFL Network - six if you also count ABC who typically show one playoff game and the Pro Bowl). It seems to it will be more or less “as you were” for most purposes, but the speculation seems to be around the strange “produce and get some games” arrangement for TNF ending, and it going to NFL Network and Amazon with no terrestrial partner. In return ABC will get MNF back, some of the time anyway (but with all the games still on ESPN), and be back in the rotation for the Super Bowl.

ABC have started to simulcast some MNF games the odd occasion, so it's really building on that, making it more official. It's not quite like the 'old' MNF - which was the big set piece game of the week, that's now NBC's Sunday Night Football. Choices for MNF games are made at the start of the season, and unlike the other packages, can't be 'flexed' later on to show more attractive games.

The big change is ABC getting back in on the Super Bowl rotation. The current deals were for six years, with two Super Bowls each for NBC, CBS and Fox. For that reason I'd expect the new deals to be for eight years.

If Disney have got two Super Bowls for ABC in return a 30% increase in the MNF fee (already the highest fee for the least of the packages because it included highlights rights that support a lot of ESPNs programming) then they've done very well. The suggestion is that the rest of the packages - staying as they are, with one exception - will cost NBC, Fox and CBS something like double with they currently do. Around $2bn per year for each network. (ABC / ESPNs new deal likely to be about $2.6bn per year.)

One Sports Illustrated podcast I heard explained the odd situation with Thursday Night Football. Despite being amongst the highest rating shows on American TV because it's not exclusive the networks can't make any money on it. The streaming rights aren't available for them to exploit and it has to be on NFL Network to fulfil it's cable carriage contracts promising a certain number of games per season.

The big piece that hasn't been leaked yet is whats happening to Sunday Ticket, the 'out of market' package for all games not available to US viewers on a local or national broadcast. Up until now it's always been the preserve of DirecTV and a big selling point for them, but it's long been rumoured that with cord cutting they can't make it pay anymore. The suggestion - as with any rights now - is that a streaming provider will buy it instead. Although it would presumably be more difficult to ensure the correct blackouts - for locally broadcast games and/or locally played ones that have not sold out - using IP addresses rather than a subscriber's physical address as it would be now.
Last edited by UKnews on 27 February 2021 1:04pm - 3 times in total
RD
rdd Founding member
TNF has to be one of the oddest deals in sport. Produce 18 games (some of them in December are on days other than Thursday, get to actually show only 11 of them but with two competitors also showing them. I don’t know how anyone makes that sort of arrangement work (although it shows the pulling power of the NFL for US TV).

Sunday Ticket is a bit of a bugbearer for DirecTV customers - it’s expensive at nearly $300 for the season and is the only way they get to see NFL RedZone (and it’s not even the version we’re familiar with, but a similar service produced specifically for DirecTV with a different host). To compare the Xfinity package that includes NFL Redzone is $8 pm.

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