05 Feb 2015
The biggest sports events in the US - the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, Major League Baseball’s World Series, the college football and basketball playoffs - have always been what is known as “appointment TV” - where fans gather in their millions to watch live coverage on network television.
05 Feb 2015
Ice hockey - or just hockey, as it's called in Canada - is a national obsession among Canadian sports fans and is a field of a fierce battle between broadcasters fighting it out for rights that will deliver blockbuster audiences. The 2015 IIHF World Juniors, a tournament for U20 national teams, was a ratings winner in many ways for TSN, the sports broadcaster, as it posted the highest-ever audience for any type of programming in Canadian television history.
22 Jan 2015
StarTimes head of sport Gary Rathbone speaks exclusively to Sportcal about the competitive African pay-TV market, sports rights and building the Bundesliga
04 Dec 2014
The 97th edition of the Giro d’Italia in 2014 began in Belfast in Northern Ireland before ending in Italy and received global media coverage across a number of platforms. Here, the Sportcal media team takes a look back at some of the key media statistics from the first Grand Tour of 2014 as the road cycling season approaches its end.
20 Nov 2014
Much has been written of the success of the Uefa Champions League model, its highly effective branding, the presence of the best clubs and best players in the world and the massive global television audiences - even in far-flung countries with no apparent links or bond to the clubs or players on the pitch.
20 Nov 2014
The 2014-2015 FIS World Cups have begun with television coverage across a number of territories. The Sportcal media team takes a look at the television audiences for some of the disciplines from the 2013-2014 season, studying both individual events and territory markets.
07 Oct 2014
Latin America is a vast area made up of the 10 Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries forming the South American continent, the six states in the Central American isthmus and Mexico to the north, and is home to nearly 600 million people. In terms of rights sold on a pan-regional basis, Latin America is split between Portuguese-speaking Brazil and the remaining countries, where Spanish is spoken, and which often include the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
11 Sep 2014
Italy’s Serie A soccer league has been the second-richest league in terms of the media rights revenues it earns from domestic and international sales for several years now; it passed the coveted €1 billion-per-year milestone in 2012, at the beginning of the present three-year cycle, and looks set to bring in close to €1.2 billion per year from 2015-16, following the recent auction held by the league and its agency partner, Infront Italy.
27 Aug 2014
The 2014 Fifa World Cup was a record-breaking event in many respects, from the number of television viewers worldwide to the billions of hits and views on social media. The tournament had significant repercussions in its host country and region as well: in Brazil, for example, television network Globo reaped record advertising revenues, with a 30-second spot during national team matches selling for nearly as much as an ad during the NFL Super Bowl.
14 Aug 2014
Sportcal’s media team takes a look back at this summer’s Fifa World Cup, which attracted huge international television audiences and broke records, and analyses some of the key viewing figures in the major European markets.