Constantin Medien restructures sports arm

Combines TV, online, mobile operations into Sport1

COLOGNE, Germany -- German media group Constantin Medien has completed the restructuring of its sports division, folding together the disparate TV, online and mobile operations into a single brand, Sport1.

The move is intended in part to streamline Constantin's sports marketing business, which handles rights to European soccer tournaments the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Constantin has also just signed a new, long-term deal with satellite operator SES ASTRA to carry its ESPN-style channel Sport1, which will go out in HD on ASTRA starting Nov. 1.