The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 596The Cardinals allowed 596 yards on defense, most since 1958 (578). – / 17 The Cardinals opened the scoring with a field goal, but any euphoria of an early lead was immediately washed away with an 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Luke Willson. The Seahawks grabbed a 7-3 lead and never looked back — they never trailed again.Seattle owned the Cardinals in every aspect of the game, outgaining Arizona 596-216, including 305-64 in the first half. Wilson used his legs as much as his arm in a winning effort, as the Cardinals were unable to contain the shifty third-year quarterback.Arizona now needs help to win the NFC West and earn a home game to open the postseason. Unless the Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers next week and the Seahawks lose the St. Louis Rams, Arizona will open the playoffs on the road against the winner of the Carolina Panthers-Atlanta Falcons Week 17 game.Before heading into the final week of the regular season, here’s how the Cardinals lost by the numbers:3Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka missed all three of his field goal attempts after coming into the game with just three misses for the season (29-of-32).7Coming into the game, Arizona had won all seven of its home games this season. Before Sunday, the Cardinals’ last home loss came in the 2013 season finale, a 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. A golden opportunity sat in front of the Arizona Cardinals as they hosted the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. However, it was also the most difficult task the Cardinals had to face this season.With the respite of the No. 1 overall seed within reach, the Cardinals were unable to keep their home record perfect, falling to the Seattle Seahawks 35-6 and putting their NFC West title hopes in jeopardy. Not many gave Arizona a chance to win with a third, or maybe fourth, string quarterback at the helm. That position was clearly an Achilles’ heel for the Cardinals, as Ryan Lindley went 18-for-44 for 216 yards and an interception in his first start of the season in place of the injured Drew Stanton. 0 Comments Share 11The Cardinals are stuck on 11 wins, tied for the most ever by a team hosting the Super Bowl. Arizona will have one final chance to hold the record with a win in the season’s final week in Santa Clara.11-1The wide penalty differential kept the Cardinals in the game early on. Seattle finished the game with 11 accepted penalties against them to Arizona’s one.15Seattle has now won 15 consecutive games when leading at halftime. The defending Super Bowl champions do not give up leads and their stellar defense shuts down opponents in the second half.16-5The Cardinals wore their all-red uniforms on Sunday night. In those unis, Arizona’s record is 16-5 all-time. Before Sunday’s loss, they had won 11 of their last 12 games in those uniforms. 29Arizona managed just 29 yards on the ground. Stepfan Taylor led the way with 19 yards on 11 carries.55, 80Russell Wilson set a new career-high with a 55-yard rush in the first quarter. He tied a career-high with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson in the second quarter. 79Marshawn Lynch had quite possibly the run of the season in the fourth quarter. His career-long 79-yard TD run will be played on highlight reels for days, as he went full beast mode on Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Al Jazeera’s battle with Canal Plus over premium sports rights in France looks set to enter a new phase. According to a report in Le Figaro newspaper, the Qatar-based broadcaster is close to striking a deal to acquire French rights to Spain’s La Liga football for €20 million.Rightsholder MediaPro has already rejected an offer of €6.5 million from Canal Plus. The French pay TV broadcaster and Al Jazeera have been locked in a struggle to acquire national and international football rights that most recently saw the pair agree to share Italian Serie A rights.Al Jazeera has acquired rights to some French Ligue 1 games, with Canal Plus holding the remainder, while the Qatar broadcaster also secured rights to European Champions League matches and, together with M6, Europa League games. Canal Plus retains rights to English Premier League matches.
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has signed agreements with two other operators to distribute its Smart HD OTT service over their networks. Volia has signed up network operators Miksnet and Telza in Kyiv and Zhaporozhye respectively.The Smart HD offering provides 130 linear TV channels as well as on-demand services. The first third-party network to sign up for the service is Datagroup, which operates residential services in Ukraine under the brand Domashniy Telecom.New features to be launched on the service before the end of the year include catch-up, startover and multiscreen TV.
Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and CEO.MTG has completed the sale of its Czech TV assets as it continues its transformation from “traditional national broadcaster into global digital entertainer”.In a statement, MTG confirmed it has closed the sale of its 50% shareholding in FTV Prima Holding to Denemo Media for a total cash consideration of €116 million.The Nordic company plans to use the proceeds from the sale to increase its ownership in online games developer InnoGames from 21% to 51%.MTG first announced in January that it would sell FTV Prima Holding, a company that operates one of the biggest free-to-air networks in the Czech republic, Prima, alongside a sting of other Prima-branded TV channels and the Prima Play streaming service.MTG bought its 50% stake of the business in 2005 for €87 million in cash. Including dividends received and the sale price, MTG estimates that its total cash return on the investment amounts to SEK1.6 billion (€167 million).“The sale will result in a net capital loss of preliminary some SEK110 million. All items related to FTV Prima Holding will be reported as discontinued operations in MTG’s Q2 interim report,” said MTG.To read more about MTG’s digital ambitions, see DTVE’s recent interview with Arnd Benninghoff, the head of the company’s digital division, MTGx.