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B690 - Broadcasting (Sporting Events) Bill 2014, TSR Government

Broadcasting (Sporting Events) Bill 2014

An Act providing a wide variety of sporting events free-to-air.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

1: Definitions
(1) “Free-to-air channel” refers to any channel, including interactive channels, available on digital terrestrial television without an additional subscription.

2: Classification of Sporting Events
(1) Sporting events are classified into four categories:
a. Category 1
b. Category 1A
c. Category 2
d. Category 3
(2) Events may only be moved between categories by an amendment to this Act.

2: Broadcasting of Sporting Events
(1) Category 1 events must be broadcast live and in full on a free-to-air channel.
a. Live action in a Category 1 event must not be interrupted by advertisements.
(2) Category 1A events must be broadcast in full on a free-to-air channel.
a. Category 1A events need not be broadcast live.
b. Where a Category 1A event is not broadcast live, a full replay must be shown no later than 24 hours after the conclusion of the event.
c. When a Category 1A event takes place entirely between 9am and 10pm, the replay must be shown entirely between 9am and 10pm.
(3) Highlights of Category 2 events must be shown on a free-to-air channel no later than 48 hours after the conclusion of the event.
a. When a Category 2 event takes place entirely between 9am and 10pm, the highlights must be shown entirely between 9am and 10pm.
b. The duration of the action in the highlights must be no less than 20% of the duration of the action in the live event.
(4) Category 3 events need not be shown in any form on a free-to-air channel.
(5) Where no free-to-air broadcaster wishes to bid for a Category 1, 1A or 2 sporting event, the provisions of this Act may be provided via a free online stream.

3: Category 1 Events
(1) The list of Category 1 events is as follows:
a. Every international association football match involving the senior national teams of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (in the represented nation only).
b. Every international rugby union match involving the senior national teams of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (including the British and Irish Lions) (in the represented nation only).
c. Every international rugby league match involving the senior national team of England (in England only).
d. Every international cricket match involving the senior national team of England and Wales (in England and Wales only).
e. The knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships.
f. The Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
g. The Commonwealth Games.
h. The semi-finals and final of the Wimbledon Championships.
i. The FA Cup final.
j. The Scottish Cup final (in Scotland only).
k. The rugby league Challenge Cup final (in England only).
l. The rugby union English Premiership final (in England only).
m. The rugby union Pro 12 final (in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland only).
n. The Rugby World Cup final.
o. The Ryder Cup
p. The Open Championship
q. The British Grand Prix
r. The British Motorcycle Grand Prix
s. The All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championship finals (in Northern Ireland only).

4: Category 1A Events
(1) The list of Category 1A events is as follows:
a. Every international association football match involving the senior national teams of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (in the nation(s) where it is not included in Category 1).
b. Every international rugby union match involving the senior national teams of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (in the nation(s) where it is not included in Category 1).
c. Every international rugby league match involving the senior national team of England (in the nation(s) where it is not included in Category 1).
d. Every international cricket match involving the senior national team of England and Wales (in the nation(s) where it is not included in Category 1).
e. All matches in the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships not included in Category 1.
f. All matches in the Wimbledon Championships not included in Category 1.
g. All matches in the Rugby World Cup not included in Category 1.
h. All matches in the Rugby League World Cup not included in Category 1.
i. All matches in the Cricket World Cup not included in Category 1.
j. The Football League Cup final (in England and Wales only).
k. The rugby league Super League final (in England only).

5. Category 2 Events
(1) The list of Category 2 events is as follows:
a. Every game in the English Premier League.
b. Every game in the rugby union English Premiership (in England only).
c. Every game in the rugby union Pro 12 (in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland only).
d. Every game in the rugby league Super League (in England only).
e. The final of the Australian Open, French Open and US Open.

6: Category 3 Events
(a) All events not included in Categories 1, 1A and 2 are included in Category 3.

7: Commencement, Short Title and Extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Broadcasting Act 2014.
(2) This bill shall extend to the United Kingdom; and
(3) Shall come into force immediately.
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Nay, the government shouldn't legislate on this at all. All this is doing is killing off a large part of the economy for no bonus.

I'll refer to Rakas's phrase 'Stop molesting business!'
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Nay, the government shouldn't legislate on this at all. All this is doing is killing off a large part of the economy for no bonus.

I'll refer to Rakas's phrase 'Stop molesting business!'
So it should be left to Ofcom as it is now? Protected free-to-air events already exist.
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What your really saying is that the BBC must show all of those no matter what the ratings.

Nay.
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What your really saying is that the BBC must show all of those no matter what the ratings.

Nay.
No, ITV. Channel 4, Channel 5 or any other free-to-air channel could show them. Hell, even Sky or BT could provided they made the coverage available free-to-air.
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So it should be left to Ofcom as it is now? Protected free-to-air events already exist.
Yes, the main problem with section 2 is that roughly 20minutes will have to be shown of all section 2 events. So if we add up the Premier league, Premiership and Super League =10+6+7=23 matches each weekend, that is basically 8 hours per weekend. That is a massive amount of time.
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Yes, the main problem with section 2 is that roughly 20minutes will have to be shown of all section 2 events. So if we add up the Premier league, Premiership and Super League =10+6+7=23 matches each weekend, that is basically 8 hours per weekend. That is a massive amount of time.
I don't think it's too bad. We may end up seeing specialist FTA sports channels for this purpose.
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I don't think it's too bad. We may end up seeing specialist FTA sports channels for this purpose.
If this Bill outlined an FTA sports channel (possibly government run), then I would reconsider my position.
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If this Bill outlined an FTA sports channel (possibly government run), then I would reconsider my position.
Why? What's wrong with the current ones showing the sport? Only if there's a gap in the market will a new channel emerge.
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Nope, this is much worse than what we have now.

You've demoted the World Cup (football) group stages to not needing to be live, I couldn't give a much of a care about most sport, but the world cup is the big one, you should either show none of it live or show all of it live. I'm naying it based on that alone.

And then after there are other decisions which are arguably worse, like those mentioned by Crypto. The bill is demanding way too much coverage of too many events. To be honest there's a complete disregard for people who don't want the entirety of their television viewing consumed by sport here. We'll be absolutely swamped with the stuff. A FTA sports offering is unlikely to launch - the Beeb is already struggling with the number of channels it airs, and let's face it, the others are **** anyway. Even if it did happen, the immediate commencement of this bill means that we'll be feeling the effect of all this sport straight away anyway. It's going to come at the expense of frankly more important and culturally significant television.
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Nope, this is much worse than what we have now.

You've demoted the World Cup (football) group stages to not needing to be live, I couldn't give a much of a care about most sport, but the world cup is the big one, you should either show none of it live or show all of it live. I'm naying it based on that alone.

And then after there are other decisions which are arguably worse, like those mentioned by Crypto. The bill is demanding way too much coverage of too many events. To be honest there's a complete disregard for people who don't want the entirety of their television viewing consumed by sport here. We'll be absolutely swamped with the stuff. A FTA sports offering is unlikely to launch - the Beeb is already struggling with the number of channels it airs, and let's face it, the others are **** anyway. Even if it did happen, the immediate commencement of this bill means that we'll be feeling the effect of all this sport straight away anyway. It's going to come at the expense of frankly more important and culturally significant television.
The WC group stages are demoted because they are not deemed to be in the national interest. It is frankly disgusting under the current system that Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina was protected FTA whilst England's test against the All Blacks that same day was only shown on Sky Sports. The Home Nations' games are still protected under Section 3(1)a.

Although the bill comes into effect immediately, the transition (where necessary) to FTA will only happen when the broadcast contract is renewed.

Also please note that where no FTA channel is willing to show this stuff then an online stream will suffice - this could be a (legally) unlocked BT or Sky stream. Crypto brought up Premiership Rugby, which would more than fulfil its FTA requirements provided the full-match replay on here were uploaded within 48 hours (which they are).
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With so much listed on this I didn't think for Jarred's point. The WC group stages are vital, frankly i'd rather watch Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina (and I did) as i'm a football man. I assume even though they wouldn't be required too that they would still show all the WC group stages (as its a huge event) so i'm voting aye.
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With so much listed on this I didn't think for Jarred's point. The WC group stages are vital, frankly i'd rather watch Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina (and I did) as i'm a football man. I assume even though they wouldn't be required too that they would still show all the WC group stages (as its a huge event) so i'm voting aye.
Yes, I can't see FIFA changing the way they sell the rights (unless BT come along Champions League-style and offer them treble the current rate) just to accommodate this, and the current BBC/ITV deal runs to 2022 anyway.

EDIT: This is the case in the Rugby WC, where only the final is currently protected. Although the tournament would surely have interested Sky (and will interest BT as well when the 2019 rights go up for sale), they have remained totally free on ITV, despite it being ITV's only live rugby coverage.
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It's an enormous bill, so I'll summarise:
* There are 4 categories for sporting events, 1, 1A, 2 and 3, and events are categorised by this Act. If we want to make changes in the future we amend this Act.
* Cat 1 events must be shown live and free-to-air (FTA) (without interruption of live action by adverts).
* Cat 1A events may be shown on pay-TV but a full replay must be shown within 24 hours. If the event takes place between 9am and 10pm then this is when the replay must be shown.
* Cat 2 events may be shown on pay-TV but highlights must be shown within 48 hours. The time thing applies again, and in addition the length of the action in highlights must be at least 20% of the action in the original event.
* There are no restrictions for Cat 3 events.
* If no FTA broadcaster wants the rights then a free online stream/replay will suffice.

Category 1 events are:
International football matches for Eng/Sco/Wal/NI (in the specific nations)
International rugby union matches for Eng/Sco/Wal/Ire/Lions (in the specific nations)
International rugby league matches for Eng (in Eng)
International cricket matches for Eng&Wal (in Eng & Wal)
World Cup & Euros knockouts
Olympics & Paralympics
Commonwealth Games
Wimbledon semis and finals
FA Cup & Scottish Cup finals
Rugby League Challenge Cup final
Rugby World Cup final
Ryder Cup & The Open
British GP & MotoGP
All-Ireland GAA finals

Category 1A events are:
International football matches for Eng/Sco/Wal/NI (everywhere else)
International rugby union matches for Eng/Sco/Wal/Ire/Lions (everywhere else)
International rugby league matches for Eng (everywhere else)
International cricket matches for Eng&Wal (everywhere else)
Group stages of World Cup & Euros not involving home nations
Wimbledon up to and including QFs
All other Rugby World Cup matches
All other Rugby League World Cup matches
All other Cricket World Cup matches
Capital One Cup final
Premiership Rugby final & Pro 12 final
Super League final

Category 2 events are:
Every Premier League match
Every Premiership rugby match
Every Pro 12 match
Every Super League match
Australian Open, French Open and US Open finals
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I agree with the spirit and idea behind the Bill, and would like to see a few changes. Two come to mind as only test matches at home for cricket, and all Manchester United games being category three outside the northwest.
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I agree with the spirit and idea behind the Bill, and would like to see a few changes. Two come to mind as only test matches at home for cricket, and all Manchester United games being category three outside the northwest.
Why not the away matches? Do you want us to spare you another away Ashes?
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Why not the away matches? Do you want us to spare you another away Ashes?
Wait a sec, due to the phrasing of 3.d. it looks like Welsh cricket matches will have to be screen in England, considering that I don't even want the English ones on, let alone Welsh Cricket matches... Maybe clarify that in the next reading.
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Wait a sec, due to the phrasing of 3.d. it looks like Welsh cricket matches will have to be screen in England, considering that I don't even want the English ones on, let alone Welsh Cricket matches... Maybe clarify that in the next reading.
I think I need to clarify that there is one shared team - the England and Wales cricket team
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I think I need to clarify that there is one shared team - the England and Wales cricket team
That shows how much cricket I watch . Though seriously since they used the English flag and name (commonly) I just assumed that it was only English.
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That shows how much cricket I watch . Though seriously since they used the English flag and name (commonly) I just assumed that it was only English.
No, they're technically Welsh too (but actually South African).
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