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30 Apr 2015
The world welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas is expected to be the highest-grossing fight in history. Drawing on some previous record-breaking clashes, Sportcal looks into some of the estimated figures from the highly-anticipated super-fight.
22 Apr 2015
Media rights distribution of the 2015 Pan American Games, set to open in Toronto on July 10th, has been “disappointing” so far, according to a senior Canadian broadcasting executive.
02 Apr 2015
The fight against illegal streaming of live sports content received a welcome boost last week when a High Court in Paris ordered RojaDirecta.me, the notorious Spanish website, to take down all links to unauthorised streams of French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches.
05 Mar 2015
With the growth of pay-TV services, steps have been taken to ensure the moments of national importance can be seen by a large audience, with a number of countries drawing up a list of events that have to be shown on free-to-air television. In this Insight, we will look at the issues of potential pay-TV revenue for sports events measured against the exposure of free-to-air television and the changing of listed events due to sporting success, along with differences in soccer’s inclusion on lists.
05 Mar 2015
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is in full swing in Australia and New Zealand, with international cricket’s flagship tournament gaining some large TV audiences to go with impressive attendances at high-profile group matches.
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.