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12 Au­gust

News Cor­po­ra­tion, the US-based news­pa­per and pub­lish­ing group, ac­quired ex­clu­sive mo­bile and in­ter­net clip rights to English soc­cer’s top-tier Premier League in the ter­ri­to­ries of Ja­pan, Viet­nam and In­done­sia from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

Ad­di­tion­ally, News Corp signed a two-year mo­bile and in­ter­net rights deal in the three ter­ri­to­ries for rights to a se­lec­tion of other soc­cer com­pe­ti­tions, namely Ger­many’s Bun­desliga, France’s Ligue 1, Italy’s Serie A, English soc­cer’s FA Cup, Cap­i­tal One Cup and sec­ond-tier Cham­pi­onship, North Amer­ica’s MLS and Brazil’s Cam­pe­onato Brasileiro.

News Corp said that the rights ac­qui­si­tions would al­low fans to watch high­lights from, col­lec­tively, over 1,600 reg­u­lar-sea­son, play-off and cham­pi­onship matches via a ‘‘forth­com­ing web and mo­bile prod­uct.’’

26 July

NRK, the Nor­we­gian pub­lic-ser­vice broad­caster, and TV2 Nor­way, the coun­try’s free-to-air com­mer­cial broad­caster, jointly ac­quired live rights to soc­cer’s 2016 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The deal was a much-needed boost to the pair af­ter they lost out to SBS Dis­cov­ery Me­dia, the Nordic com­mer­cial broad­cast­ing group, for the ex­clu­sive rights in Nor­way to Euro­pean qual­i­fy­ing matches for both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

The two broad­cast­ers showed last year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships and have also se­cured rights for the next three World Cups - in 2014, 2018 and 2022.

18 July

Fifa and Uefa, the world and Euro­pean gov­ern­ing bod­ies for soc­cer, re­spec­tively, lost their Euro­pean court bat­tle against the in­clu­sion of the World Cup and Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in their en­tirety in the ‘listed events’ of the UK and Bel­gium.

The Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice said that it “dis­misses the ap­peals brought by Fifa and Uefa in their en­tirety.” The two gov­ern­ing bod­ies were ap­peal­ing against a 2011 rul­ing by the Euro­pean Gen­eral Court (for­merly the Court of First In­stance) that it is up to in­di­vid­ual coun­tries to de­cide which events should be pro­tected from be­ing shown ex­clu­sively on pay-tele­vi­sion.

The rul­ing was ex­pected af­ter an ECJ ad­vo­cate gen­eral ad­vised the court in De­cem­ber that states can de­cide which events are “of ma­jor im­por­tance for their so­ci­ety” and there­fore wor­thy of pro­tec­tion un­der the EU’s listed events leg­is­la­tion. UK listed events leg­is­la­tion cov­ers all matches of both the World Cup and the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, while that of Bel­gium cov­ers all of the matches of the World Cup.

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