Ski federation'existance shaky over TV crisis

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19 October 2007, Ingolstadt, Germany (dpa) - The future of the German ski federation (DSV) is under threat over a television rights crisis, DSV president Alfons Hoermann said on Friday.

19 October 2007

Ingolstadt, Germany (dpa) - The future of the German ski federation (DSV) is under threat over a television rights crisis, DSV president Alfons Hoermann said on Friday.

Hoermann said the DSV has given the RTL network a four-week ultimatum to end its veto of a new TV deal agreed on until 2011 with the Infront rights company.

Due to lacking TV income, the RTL deal was reportedly worth 15 million euros per day, the DSV has been forced to terminate all training efforts below the World Cup level in alpine and Nordic skiing, ski-jumping and biathlon.

"The blockade action brings us to a point where its not about a million (euros) but about the existence of the federation," Hoermann said.

RTL insist that it can make use of a matching-offer clause in their contract, with which it could stop the DSV-Infront deal and keep the rights.

Germany is among the leading nations in biathlon and cross-country skiing. It enjoyed big success as well in the past in alpine skiing and ski-jumping. The first World Cup events of the new season are just over a week away.

DPA

Subject: German news

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