Good news for the German handball fans: The chances are good that the next two world championships in 2019 and 2021 will be on free TV again. The last two tournaments ran on pay TV on Sky (2015) or as an online stream on the homepage of a sponsor (2017). At that time, the Qatari rights holder beIN Sports had refused to sell the rights to ARD and ZDF or any other free-TV channel. Reason: By satellite, these stations are freely available in countries such as France, where beIN Sports Pay held rights to the World Handball Championships.
According to SPORT BILD information, the Qataris will not play this time in the bidding for the rights for the 2019 and 2021 World Championships. The World Federation IHF wants to vote on the final award on Monday (13 November) at its congress in Turkey. In industry circles, experts are already firmly believe that the French marketer Lagardere gets there the contract. The tournaments will take place in 2019 in Germany and Denmark and 2021 in Egypt.
No bid was made by the European Broadcasting Union EBU, which also includes ARD and ZDF. However, the German broadcasters can now negotiate individually with the probable rights owner Lagardere: It should be the satellite issue from the table, because beIN Sports will probably no longer have the rights in France. So:Free track free TV.
The Qataris of beIN Sports should have lost the desire for handball: For the World Cup rights 2015/17 they still paid well above market level 100 million Swiss francs. This was almost double the previous TV deal when Ufa Sports paid a total of CHF 60 million for the rights from 2011 to 2013. For the contract from 2019 to 2021 is again expected at the IHF with 60 million francs.