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SportsNet grabs broadcast rights for 2006 FIFA World Cup

Infront Sports & Media has signed an exclusive agreement with Rogers Sportsnet, the Canadian broadcaster, for the Canadian broadcast rights to all matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Germany.

Sportsnet, a dedicated sports broadcaster, has built a strong reputation as a soccer broadcaster in Canada, televising live English Premier League football, Spanish Primera Liga soccer and matches of both the Canadian men's and women's national teams. Sportsnet also produces Soccercentral, a football

magazine show that airs twice a week.

"We are delighted to acquire the rights to such a premier world event as the FIFA World Cup," says Doug Beeforth, President of Rogers Sportsnet. "This agreement takes our network to another level and that's exciting."

A second agreement between Infront and Sportsnet covers a package of additional FIFA events including:

- Futsal World Championship 2004

- FIFA World Youth Championship 2005

- FIFA U-17 World Championship 2005

- FIFA Confederations Cup 2005

- FIFA U-19 Women's World Championships 2004 and 2006

- Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cups 2005 and 2006

- 2004, 2005 and 2006 FIFA World Player Galas

"Sportsnet has shown its commitment to soccer, in particular its popular broadcasts of the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship, so Infront is delighted that it will be showing all 64 matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup live and delayed and providing Canadians with the opportunity to also experience many other international FIFA Events" said Oliver Seibert, an Executive Director of Infront.

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I heard the same, all 64 games will be shown. It will be sweet to watch the World Cup in HD widescreen.

It's nice to see soccer steadily gaining popularity in the States. Supposedly these channels spent BIG money for broadcast rights for all 64 games, they wouldn't be doing it if there wasn't a solid fan base here.

It's tough to make soccer a mainstream sport here, mainly because of the limited time available for commercials during a soccer game. American Football on the other hand is 50% commercials, which means large profits for the tv stations.

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The Broadcast rights for Canada are held by Rogers Sportsnet but they will now be partnering up with TSN/CTV so they can broadcast all games LIVE. The HD situation is yet to be announed but hopefully since ESPN will be showing the games in HD, TSN or Sportsnet will be able to work something out to show them as well.

Rogers, TSN, CTV Join Forces for World Cup

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