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|CANBERRA Moins Cher Bottes Ugg Bailey Button Basse 5803 Noir , Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The richest TV broadcast deal in Australian history was signed on Tuesday, and only reaffirms what many sports fans already knew -- Australian football is the country's leading sporting code.
Such was the significance of the announcement, News Corp boss and media mogul Rupert Murdoch felt the need to leave his New York office to travel to Melbourne and have a hands-on role in the negotiations.
Valued at more than 1.83 billion U.S dollars over six years, the new deal to broadcast the Australian Football League (AFL) was negotiated with Australian media heavyweights Seven Network (free-to-air), News Corp (pay TV) and Telstra (digital) Bottes Ugg Bailey Button Triplet 1873 Noir Outlet , who have secured the rights to broadcast all AFL games from 2017 until the end of the 2022 season.
That means the AFL is now clearly the pre-eminent sporting code in the country, ahead of rugby league (NRL), cricket, A-League soccer and rugby. The deal secured by AFL executives this week -- worth 306.6 million U.S. dollars per year -- is the richest in not only the history of Australian sport, but Australian television Bottes Ugg Bailey Button Triplet 1873 Camel Outlet , too.
The previous deal, which expires at the end of 2016, was worth 183.4 million U.S dollars per year. This is also the first deal which will result in the sport being broadcast on free-to-air television in high definition.
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"This is a very significant investment for us. We've always believed that this is the premium code in Australia -- it's the national game," Murdoch said on Tuesday.
"We're very happy to be doing this. We believe in the strength of the game and we'll do everything we can to make it stronger."
The AFL's Grand Final is consistently the most watched television broadcast in the country; the 2014 installment between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans drew in more than 4 million viewers -- meaning one in five Australians sat down to watch the match.
Over the course of a regular season, more than 4.7 million viewers watch at least one match on television every week.
Though the AFL might be considered the nation's "premium code", it is still behind the country's other winter football code, rugby league Pas Cher Bottes Ugg Bailey Button Triplet 1873 Sable , which enjoys huge popularity in the northern states of Queensland and New South Wales.
This is despite the AFL's two latest expansion clubs, Greater Western Sydney and the Gold Coast Suns, being established in rugby league's heartland in the northern states.
But in an attempt to make further inroads into the rugby league fortress, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said his team had negotiated extra space and exposure in the News Corp newspapers in Queensland and NSW.
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In comparison to AFL's broadcast deal, the National Rugby League (NRL) also secured its rights earlier this month; the Nine Network agreed to terms that would result in 153.8 million dollars being paid to the league annually for five years.
The NRL deal is expected to be worth more once it has negotiated the rights for pay TV, simulcast and international rights, but it still won't hold a candle to the magnitude of the AFL deal.
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VIENNA， Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka on Tuesday said all preparations for Sunday's presidential election have been running smoothly.
"I am in good spirits that we will be able to conduct the election on December 4 as would be expected of us as standard，" he said， according to an Austria Press Agency report.
The election had initially been held on May 22， though the result was annulled， with irregularities in the voting procedure citied. The initial repeat election scheduled for October 2 was then also rescheduled due to technical problems with voting envelopes.
Following these issues， all voting authorities have over the past few weeks been informed of correct procedures， provided with online E-learning tools， and have had all necessary electoral documents distributed on schedule， Sobotka said. Enditem
NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Defending Chicago Marathon champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat of Kenya are plotting to run fast time in this year's event, which will be held on Oct. 8.
Alongside the two champions, organisers have also lined up world record-holder Dennis Kimetto of Kenya, half marathon world record-holder Zersenay Tadese and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba.
"I want to improve my personal best and Chicago fast course could give me just that. The competition I have is strong and it will spur me forward to run faster Bottes Ugg Bailey Button Mini 3352 Femme Noir France ," Kirui said on Thursday from Eldoret.
Last year, it boiled down to tactics as Kirui held off compatriot Dickson Chumba to win by three seconds in 2:11:23.
The two-time world champion has a personal best of 2:05:04 and finished fourth at this year's London Marathon in 2:07:45, his fastest time since winning the second of his world titles in 2011.
Kimetto returns to Chicago for the first time since setting a course record of 2:03:45 in 2013.
Prior to that, he ran the fastest marathon debut in history in Berlin in 2012 (2:04:16) and in 2014 he became the first athlete in history to cover the marathon within 2:03, clocking a world record of 2:02:57 in Berlin.
An ankle and knee injury sustained in training early this year forced Kimetto out of Boston mara.