With its decision, the league has opted away from offering Saturday's "top game" at 18.30 CET with the new technology.
"It will most probably in general be one of the two Sunday matches," Tom Bender, managing director of national football association Deutsche Fußball Liga, told media magazine Horizont. "The top game is already produced in a very extensive way with up to 14 cameras. For as long as we are in the test period, we won't take a risk," A further reason, said Bender, would be to "spread the highlights across the whole weekend."
The production of the 3D game will stir up additional costs of up to €100,000. "We want to provide the market with an innovation and for this we take our own money into our hands," said Bender.
The league, whose subsidiary Sportcast will produce the 3D game, wants to get back part of the additional expenses through its TV partners. Both pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland and telco Deutsche Telekom are interested in offering football in 3D to their subscribers. "We are in very constructive talks with both of them and we will probably have an agreement in place soon," Bender added.