United to launch Chinese tv channel

Manchester United will become the first football club to launch a dedicated 24 hour television channel in China next week, as it seeks to keep up with growing Chinese interest in the game.  Sina Sports, an online sports platform, will begin broadcasting the club’s MUTV on its website, mobile site and app next Sunday.

Recent turbulence on the Chinese stock exchange and a fall in the country’s interest has not dampened interest in the potential of the Chinese market for football.

Spain’s third force

For a long time Spanish football has been dominated by a duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona.  The championship victory of Atlético Madrid in 2013-14, along with their Champions League final, challenged that pattern.

$400m for Hong Kong Premiership rights

The Premier League has had increasing success in recent years in selling its television rights overseas, particularly in Asian markets.   Eventually the income received from viewers outside the UK will exceed the domestic revenue.

This trend is highlighted by the news that over $400m has been paid for the Premier League rights for Hong Kong.  LeTV have offered to pay more than double the $US200m paid by the previous rights holders.