Nets in soccer shuffle

Mogul lost free-TV rights to top league Austrian soccer

Media mogul Herbert Kloiber is gunning for paybox Premiere and Austrian pubcaster ORF after losing free TV rights to top league Austrian soccer.

Premiere, which controls the TV rights, had sublicensed them to Kloiber’s Austrian channel ATV but this week withdrew them after ATV allegedly failed to fulfill contractual obligations; Premiere then passed the rights on to ORF.

Accusing Premiere topper Georg Kofler “of running amok” and claiming Premiere’s move has no legal basis, Kloiber is now threatening legal action against ORF, which he says has no right to the rights.

According to Kofler, ATV owed Premiere “millions” of euros for the soccer rights but refused to settle the debt. “There was no other choice but to end the contract,” Kofler told Austrian daily Der Standard.

ATV maintains the rights obtained from Premiere lost considerable value after ORF was allowed to air match summaries following the games, which hurt ATV’s own latenight soccer coverage.

ATV and Premiere are already facing off in court, with ATV arguing that the rights were no longer worth the price to which it had originally agreed: a reported E2.7 million ($3.4 million) per year.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety