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This doesn't sound great, does it?
This is not a good thing.
'Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said: "The revenue generated from this long-term partnership will be redistributed by the IOC across the Olympic Movement to support the development of sport around the world."'
Is there any sporting body that isn't corrupt as fuck?
I'm presuming Eurosport actually has quite a high reach in this country, as in Virgin and Sky at least?
for the Olympics for the UK (if the BBC doesn't get any rights) so I'm guessing everyone will get it as the government says it HAS to be free to air. That doesn't mean shit though, as the mandate only covers 200 hours for the entire thing :(
had suffered by this sort of pay TV move? Or maybe I misunderstood.
I don't feel like The Olympics really has the power to hold attention like the Premier League so I can't really see people making the effort to tune in and so the athletes won't really get the publicity. Maybe they don't need that to get sponsorship.
No more BBC red button, watching completely random events :(
Also: wonder what this means for the Paralympics (if anything)?
As they are sold by the IPC, not the IOC. Channel 4 broadcasted the 2012 games, and they have bought the UK rights for 2016 too.
There isn't much money in it anyway:
Olympics: £ 922 mln
Paralympics: £ 7 mln
if you want a sport that's suffered: cricket. decreasing take-up, interest, fondness for the England team. ever since the 2005 Ashes (last cricket live on free-to-air), it's been in a spiral of decline
Plus we'll all have TVs in our eyeballs anyway.
No medal winner hasn't been doped up to the high heavens, watching just encourages them.
is the only thing anyone cares about at the Olympics anyway.
is fucking furious every time about how piss poor their coverage is, and seethingly envious of the beeb?
we'll be getting that then?