Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson is the Editor-in-Chief at Sporticos. Since graduating from Leeds Trinity University with a BA Hons degree in journalism in 2011, he has contributed to various online and print media projects. As a huge football fan and keen traveller, one of his favourite hobbies is watching live football in stadiums in different countries.

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BeIN Sports airs 22 Qatar World Cup matches for free in the MENA region

Fans living in the Middle East and North Africa enjoy coverage from the Qatari broadcaster at no costQatari pay-TV network and FIFA broadcast partner for the MENA region, BeIN Sports, has been showing World Cup 2022 matches completely free throughout the tournament.In total, BeIN Sports will air 22 matches at no cost for people living in the Middle East and North Africa, having started their free coverage with the tournament's opening game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.The pay-TV giant will go on to show more games as the tournament continues, while the majority will remain behind a subscription paywall. In...

La BBC y la ITV llegan a un nuevo acuerdo con la UEFA para la Euro 2024 y la Euro 2028

Las cadenas públicas británicas seguirán emitiendo los campeonatos europeos en abiertoTras firmar un nuevo acuerdo con la UEFA, la BBC y la ITV han confirmado que seguirán siendo el hogar del Campeonato Europeo de la UEFA durante al menos las dos próximas ediciones.No debería sorprender a nadie que la BBC y la ITV estuvieran desesperadas por mantener los derechos de la Eurocopa tras el éxito de la última edición. La Euro 2020, retrasada por la pandemia de Covid-19, y que finalmente se jugó este verano, tuvo altísimas audiencias en ambos canales. La final, en la que Inglaterra perdió contra Italia,...

Bayer Leverkusen CEO believes Bundesliga TV rights undervalued

Fernando Carro wants to see the German top flight compete more closely with La Liga and the Premier LeagueThe German Bundesliga earns around €270m per season from global TV rights. This figure pales in comparison to the €900 which La Liga generates, and the whopping €2bn per season which the English Premier League brings in.Statistics like these are troubling for many stakeholders in the German game, including Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro. The Spaniard recently gave an interview to Bulinews in which he bemoaned this disparity. He said he seems huge potential for growth for the Bundesliga around the world,...

Head of Serie A celebrates as Italian police take down piracy network

Luigi De Siervo was one of many stakeholders in the Italian game to welcome news of the crackdown on a huge TV piracy gangCompetitions and broadcasters surrounding Italian football have welcomed news that the country's police have dismantled what they called the its biggest network of online piracy.The criminal gang in question was said to have more 900,000 active users and bring in more than €10m per month in profits for its members. The network reportedly found joy recruiting punters on the social media app Telegram.Embed from Getty ImagesAs well as Italian football matches, the group made films, series and...

Movistar+ picks up Copa del rey rights in Spain

Pay-TV giant will air matches from the Spanish cup throughout the next three seasonsThe world famous Copa del Rey will be broadcast on Movistar+ for the next three seasons after the Telefonica-owned pay-TV goliath picked up the TV rights in a deal said to be worth €14m a year.Under this new agreement, Movistar+ will have the right to broadcast 55 Copa del Rey encounters per season for the next three years, as well as the whole of the Spanish Super Cup.The Super Cup now consists of a four team tournament held in Saudi Arabia every January. Having previously been a...