TEN lands 2014 Commonwealth Games

Network TEN has acquired the broadcast rights for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is believed to have cost the network $30m.

The major win follows the announcemount of 24-hour digital sports channel ONE HD and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi , which it shares with Foxtel.

TEN on-sold the pay-TV, internet and mobile phone rights to the 2010 Commonwealth Games for about $15 million but has the complete rights package, including free-to-air, subscription, mobile phone, internet and radio for 2014.

The Herald Sun reports TEN is keeping its options open on all TV-related rights because, in the lead-up to TV’s analogue signal being switched off in 2013, and potential changes to the sports anti-siphoning list.

Source: Herald Sun

9 Comments:

  1. Johnson, “India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore have all been British colonies in the past” so they can compete in the commonweath games.” That does change the fact that Australia isn’t in Asia.

  2. Jerome: India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore have all been British colonies in the past and are now part of the Commonwealth. India in fact have hosted two Asian Games: 1951 (the very first Asian Games) and 1982, both in New Delhi.

  3. Gee,I’m sure advertisers will be knocking tens doors down to get a spot in the rain delayed bowls pairs 1/4 finals at 2 in the morning in Glasgow…..not!!

  4. Seven is the biggest loser here. It has now missed out on Olympic Games in 2010 and 2012, the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015, and now the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014! Surely no one will tolerate that. I think Seven will pay anything to get the Olympic Games in 2014 (Winter Games in Russia).
    I think it’s the first time in Australian TV history that a commercial network has covered Commonwealth Games twice in a row (From 1990 to 2010, the Games has been shown on Seven, Nine and Ten in alternate fashion).
    And to Matt: Australia can participate in both the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. There are many Asian countries in the Commonwealth (India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore etc.) which also send athletes to the Asian Games.

  5. Hopefully Ten sells pay-tv rights onto Foxtel (or someone else) as well for 2014. It would be a bit ridiculous to get lots of channels for 2006 and 2010, then go back to 2 channels for 2014.

    By the way – I wish Australia would quit the commonwealth games and join the Asian Games…

  6. Can anyone explain the exact process for networks acquiring the rights for olympics and commonwealth games? Arguing that they will do it better than the other networks? I never really understood this part.

  7. We can expect the games to premiere Monday night, then switch nights the following week, before being shown late at night, then axed. That’s the way they run the place.

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