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Television and Broadcasting


TV revenue boosts Brazilian teams

Brazil's economy may be experiencing sluggish growth, but the country's football clubs are experiencing boom conditions. It's largely due to a growth in television revenues according to a study by bank Itaú BBA.

The revenues of Brazil's top 24 teams grew an average 32 per cent in 2012 to reach a total of almost $1.4bn. Since 2010 club revenue has grown consistently, on average at about 29 per cent a year.

Sky links up with Twitter

British Sky Broadcasting has teamed up with Twitter to share video highlights of Uefa Champions League football in real time. Sky's plan to share some of its most valuable sports clips free with social media users is a coup for Twitter.

Starting today with three Champions League games including Barcelona against Milan, the Sky Sports Twitter account will share highlights including instant replays of the best goals and post-match interviews. The aim of the project is to promote Sky's sports channels and its internet service Now TV.

BSkyB hit by battle with BT

Although BSkyB has taken a hit from its battle with BT, its quarterly results were better than expected. Even so, it has had to spend more on content and marketing. However, the real beneficiaries of the competition are top clubs who are likely to receive even more for televising their matches.

African leagues 'need to commercialise'

Globalisation in football marches on with the spread of commercial principles to all parts of the world. The need to commercialise the game will be at the forefront of this year’s Soccerex African Forum with Saer Seck, President, Senegal Professional Football League, Jack Oguda, CEO, Kenyan Premier League and Stanley Matthews Sports & Commercial Director for Africa, SuperSport, all speaking on the important subject in Durban at the beginning of October.

Roland Rat takes on the Premiership

Whatever one thinks about Greg Dyke, he has not had a boring life. He was the man who revived the fortunes of faltering breakfast television by introducing the character Roland Rat who was an instant hit with children.

Now, as head of the Football Association, he is taking on a rather tougher target in the form of the Barclays Premier League. When I say 'taking on', Dyke has made it clear that he is more than happy to work with the Premiership. However, his stance may well be seen as a threat to the interests of the Premier League.

Transfer window breaks all records

Player transfer spending by Premier League clubs in the summer 2013 transfer window was a record, according to analysis by Deloitte. Gross spending totalled £630m, 29% up on the equivalent 2012 figure of £490m and £130m more than the previous record of £500m set in 2008.

Solid start for BT

The first live Premier League football match shown exclusively by BT, the opening game between Liverpool and Stoke, was watched by a peak audience of 764,000 viewers, giving the new rivals to Sky a solid start. The match average was 629,000, although these figures from Barb do not include online or app viewers.

About half the households that watched the game used the rival cable TV platform owned by Virgin Media. The agreement could be very important in boosting viewer numbers but it doesn't do much for BT's objective of attracting broadband customers away from Virgin and BSkyB.

BT does deal with Virgin

Just before the start of the football season BT has reached a deal to make its new sports offering available to customers of Virgin Media. This will enable to recoup part of its estimated £1bn investment in the channels.

The three year deal brings BT Sport to about two million households who have Virgin's XL package, tripling its reach to three million. BSkyB does not disclose how many of its 10.4 million customers take its sports channels. BT could receive £75m a year under the deal.

Premier League clampdown on pubs

The Premier League is clamping down on pubs and clubs that show unauthorised live games on Saturday afternoons.   It is a hired a firm of corporate investigators from Glasgow to carry out spot checks. Last week the Premiership won a High Court action to require the six leading Internet Service Providers in the UK to block First Row Sports, the leading provider of unauthorised streaming.

Football League sponsorship deal

The Football League's long search for a sponsor has culminated in a deal with Sky Bet that will last for the next five years. At the same time it has extended its broadcasting arrangement with Sky Sport.

The dual agreement is worth about £300m. The extension of the Sky Sports deal is worth more than the £195m the League earned from the previous agreement.