June 23, 2008 11:00 ET

IMG and FOX Sports International Announce Worldwide Distribution Pact

Multi-Year Agreement to Exclusively Distribute Fox Sports International's Programming Catalog; More Than 3,000 Hours of Sports Content, Including Bowl Championship Series, Big Ten Network, Fuel TV Action Sports and Fox Soccer Channel Programming

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - IMG Sports Media, the sports production and distribution division of IMG Worldwide, and Fox Sports International (FSI) today announced that IMG will exclusively distribute FSI programming in all territories outside of the United States. FSI is an international sports programming and production entity and a unit of Fox Networks Group, one of the major operating units of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS).

Under the agreement, IMG Sports Media will assume full distribution duties for the FSI catalog, containing more than 3,000 hours of content, on July 1st.

In making the announcement, Michel Masquelier, Executive Vice President, Head of Acquisition and Sales Worldwide, IMG Media, said, "We look forward to leveraging our worldwide presence and extensive relationships with broadcasters, as well as our representation of premier properties, governing bodies and sporting events, to help Fox Sports International expand the reach and exposure of their comprehensive catalog of programming."

Hillary Mandel, Senior Vice President, Programming and Distribution, IMG Media, added, "Fox Sports International is a first-class sports and media company, and we are delighted they have chosen to align their outstanding programming catalog with IMG. Over the last year, we have significantly expanded our international distribution capabilities and fortified our presence in territories around the world. We have the expertise to help companies like Fox Sports International navigate the international marketplace and maximize the value of their assets."

David Sternberg, Executive Vice President and COO of Emerging Networks for Fox Cable Networks, added, "We are pleased to enlist the expertise of IMG Sports Media in generating increased distribution and sales revenues for our sports programming properties. This agreement will help to expose audiences worldwide to the finest in sports event coverage and feature programming from Fox-affiliated networks and our many content suppliers."

FSI currently represents a wide range of sports content, including Bowl Championship Series college football (as well as the Cotton Bowl), Big Ten Network programming (including football and basketball), Fuel TV action sports programming, FSN college football and basketball (Pac-10, Big 12, ACC) and Fox Soccer Channel properties. In addition, FSI represents a variety of third-party sports programs, including the Everton FC Channel, Argentine soccer's Torneo de Verano, the ASP Women's Surfing Tour and the "Skating Gold" figure skating series among others. FSI's full catalog is available at

Operating in 30 countries and with 140 sales executives across the world, IMG Sports Media now distributes nearly 18,000 hours of high-quality programming in nearly every sports genre and represents global rights negotiations for all forms of media including television, radio, in-flight, DVD, mobile and broadband.

IMG Sports Media advises many of the world's leading sports governing bodies, sporting events and cultural organizations, including: International Olympic Committee, All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon), The European Tour, The FA Premier League, The Indian Premier League, International Rugby Board, Le Mans 24 Hours and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (The Open Championship).

About IMG Sports Media

IMG Sports Media, the sports production and distribution division of IMG Worldwide, is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. IMG Sports Media produces more than 8,000 hours of television, online, mobile and radio sports content across 240 categories of sports, including golf, football (soccer), tennis, cricket, cycling, motor sports and mixed martial arts. IMG Sports Media also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and maintains the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

More information about IMG Sports Media is available at

About Fox Sports International (FSI)

Fox Sports International is an international sports programming and production entity housed within the Fox Networks Group, one of the major operating units within News Corporation (NYSE: NWS). FSI operates Fox Soccer Channel and is partnered with Global Television in Fox Sports World Canada. In 2002, it joined with HM Capital Partners, LLC to form Fox Pan American Sports LLC, one of the world's largest Spanish-language sports operations and programming ventures, spanning North, Central and South America. Through this joint venture, FSI manages the U.S. Spanish-language sports network Fox Sports en Español.

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