Euros go it alone for 2016 Games
EmptyEurope's state broadcasters are mulling the outcome of the European Broadcasting Union's failure to net a group deal to secure rights to the 2016 Summer Olympics, conceding that they face a national "free for all" for the rights.
Thursday's collapse of the EBU's Europe-wide offer to the International Olympic Committee means that broadcasters in each member country will have to bid for the rights. It marks the end of a half-century partnership between the EBU and the Games.
Germany's public broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, together the largest contributors to the EBU, said they were shocked by the IOC's decision.
ARD program director Volker Herres called the IOC's revenue expectations for the Olympic rights "exorbitant," a sentiment echoed by ZDF boss Nikolaus Brender, who said it was "highly doubtful" the IOC would be able to get more money through individual deals across Europe.
Mimi Turner reported from London; Scott Roxborough reported from Cologne, Germany.