Is the MDR saying goodbye to the regional league?

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According to media reports, the MDR is thinking about withdrawing from the fourth-class regional soccer league Northeast.

The TV contract between the association NOFV and the MDR expires at the end of the season. Allegedly, in the considerations of the broadcaster, the lack of radio license fee increases played less of a role than the fact that, due to the Corona crisis, the Regionalliga Nordost had not been played since November. At least that’s how the “Bild” and the “Kicker” report.

In addition, the MDR was upset that suggestions on how the season could be continued attractively for TV were rejected by the association. For example, NOFV is said to have refused to play the rest of the season in a European Cup-like mode with home and away games. Mutual demands had already arisen in the first lockdown and the associated break in play (DIGITAL FERNSEHEN reported).

The regional league clubs, on the other hand, would be hit particularly hard if the MDR withdrew. It is not so easy to find a broadcaster with a similar regional roots and at the same time. Alternatives like Sport1 would certainly not report live in such extensive and personnel-intensive manner. An offer like is likely to be the last option. It should be mentioned at this point that the streaming service with the automated camera technology is already being used in other regional leagues due to the lack of interest on the part of the broadcasters.


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