ABC and non USA WWC final?

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by seanT, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. seanT

    seanT Member

    Feb 15, 2000
    Washington, DC
    Any one hearing any reports of a mass exodus of
    ABC affiliates from airing the WWC final?

    I would imagine some last minute informercials are looking pretty good about now.
  2. Brownswan

    Brownswan New Member

    Jun 30, 1999
    Port St. Lucie, FL
    It's AEG and MLS that's 'bringing' us the WWC. How much will we lose? Will WUSA/WNT get spoiler's revenge when the final numbers come in?

    On the other hand we stand to make money on the 2006 WC from Germany, and as long as more is made than lost, who cares?
  3. da_cfo

    da_cfo New Member

    Apr 19, 2003
    San Francisco CA
    Probably too late for the non ABC-owned affiliates to sell the time at this point.

    SUM/MLS should be paying ABC around $250000-$300000 in cash for the air time (the barter deal between SUM/MLS and ESPN does not include bartered TV time on ABC so SUM/MLS has to pay for those slots in cash) so ABC isn't complaining.
  4. Rickster

    Rickster Member

    Dec 1, 1998
    Does SUM get any money for European rights? I would think that the afternoon timeslot will make it a prime time event for German and Swedish tv.
  5. da_cfo

    da_cfo New Member

    Apr 19, 2003
    San Francisco CA
    I would be surprised if any network in Europe paid $1 million to get the rights for one country.

    Note that Sweden is a relatively small market of only around 2-3 million households.

    Women's soccer isn't that big in Germany and a state-run network has the rights.
  6. Roehl Sybing

    Roehl Sybing Guest

    To say nothing of which this WWC was organized on the fly under emergency conditions, and that no other nation hypes (in the good sense) their women's team like we do. It's good odds that the organizers didn't make too much money from overseas television rights.
  7. kwik1980

    kwik1980 New Member

    May 27, 2003
    Norwich, NY
    In Sweden the rights are owned by commercial network TV4. Not sure what they paid for them, but there was an article in today's Aftonbladet, one of the national newspapers, talking about viewership figures for the matches. They are hoping they can beat the previous record for a women's match, which was 1,750,000, during the '95 World Cup, with some experts hoping for 2,000,000 viewers. TV4 will start it's coverage at 6pm, local time, with the match kicking off at 7pm, local. It also noted that 730,000 viewers saw the semifinal against Canada, which started at 4:30 am, local time.
  8. DennisM

    DennisM Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Nya Sverige
    3.9 million people watched the final in Sweden.
  9. Sachin

    Sachin New Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    La Norte
    DC United
    That's half the country right there.

  10. Bleacherbutt

    Bleacherbutt New Member

    May 1, 2001
    Rochester, NY
    Well almost. The populations figs I 've seen are about 9 million. Without splitting hairs, that's phenomenonal. About 40% of the country was tuned in.
  11. DennisM

    DennisM Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Nya Sverige
    8.8 million is what I've seen lately.
  12. Justin O

    Justin O Member+

    Seattle Sounders
    United States
    Nov 30, 1998
    on the run from the covid
    The '99 WWC was televised by Eurosport. I think this one was, too. I was overseas in '99 and had a variety of European channels. I was surprised at the level of coverage the tournament got. The coverage wasn't huge, but it was fairly substantial nonetheless.

    And wasn't it said before that MLS/SUM was getting some kind of cut from international broadcasts?
  13. Pyro

    Pyro Member

    Apr 18, 2000
    Fulton River District
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    13 Million in Germany too.

    The SARS epidemic was a boon to MLS/SUM because the games moved from middle of the night into prime time. MLS/SUM also became the host broadcaster, which mad them the broadcaster who the rest of the world had to pick up the video feed from (at a modest fee I'm sure.)

    Between this and the men's success last year, it seems that MLS/SUM might be able to turn a profit on the TV deal that was put in place to get MLS on TV.
    (Quick note: MLS/SUM bought the rights to 2002 and 2006 men's WC and the 2003 WWC and packaged that with MLS games through 2006 to strike their deal with The Mouse Networks)
  14. da_cfo

    da_cfo New Member

    Apr 19, 2003
    San Francisco CA
    SUM's cut from the international broadcast sums up to less than US$1 million.

    No country (or a pan-regional TV network) other than the US paid more than US$1 million for TV rights to Women's World Cup.

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