Dubai-based free-to-air broadcaster MBC’s acquisition of Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa could trigger a shake-up in the regional rights market, which could lead to MBC’s backer, Saudi Arabia, becoming a legitimate player.

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s desire for greater revenues drove the shift to a minimum guarantee from a pure revenue share in its renewal of the Top 14 international rights distribution contract with Canal Plus.

Italy remains the only one of Europe’s big five television markets where Fifa has yet to sell the rights to the 2022 World Cup, but world football’s governing body is understood to be in no hurry to come to market and there are several reasons why it makes sense to wait.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT will recoup almost a quarter of its investment on the first two years of its deal for Formula One motor racing championship rights in a ‘cash plus content’ sublicensing agreement with pay-television broadcaster Cosmote.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky Sports’ new rights deal for the US PGA Championship is for the five-year period from 2019 to 2023, SportBusiness Media understands. This marks a rebuilding of the long-term partnership between rights-holder and broadcaster that ended in 2016 when Sky refused to meet rights distributor IMG’s valuation of the property.

DAZN has completed its portfolio of rights to English football properties in Spain, adding the FA Cup, English League Cup and the English Football League in deals with the Pitch International agency

Uefa increased the value of its European Championship in Portugal by about 35 per cent last week after delaying the tender process proved successful thanks to the arrival of sports broadcaster Eleven in the country.

IMG has agreed a five-year deal to become the exclusive global media-rights representative for Badminton Asia events

The NBA has launched a Sub-Saharan Africa-specific YouTube channel, which will feature two live game broadcasts per week for the rest of the 2018-19 season

Telefónica-owned broadcaster Movistar TV has acquired exclusive pay-television rights in Peru to this year’s Pan American Games, which will be held in the country.
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The Walt Disney Company has completed its acquisition of the majority of 21st Century Fox’s assets, with the remainder - including Fox Sports - now spun off into a new company, the Fox Corporation.

Sports-streaming service FloSports has announced a deal for live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Boston Marathon in over 40 European countries. The deal was agreed with the Boston Athletic Association

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is set to agree a three-year renewal for rights to the Formula One motor racing championship in Poland, SportBusiness Media understands

The BBC has agreed a new four-season domestic broadcast deal with the English Football Association for the FA Cup

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky confirmed on Tuesday that it will not broadcast the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament

Data Reports

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of the NBA.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of the NBA.
USA

In honour of Super Bowl LIII, SportBusiness Consulting has updated its USA market focus – part of the 2018 SportBusiness Consulting Global Media Report – and made it freely available.

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s desire for greater revenues drove the shift to a minimum guarantee from a pure revenue share in its renewal of the Top 14 international rights distribution contract with Canal Plus.

Italy remains the only one of Europe’s big five television markets where Fifa has yet to sell the rights to the 2022 World Cup, but world football’s governing body is understood to be in no hurry to come to market and there are several reasons why it makes sense to wait.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT will recoup almost a quarter of its investment on the first two years of its deal for Formula One motor racing championship rights in a ‘cash plus content’ sublicensing agreement with pay-television broadcaster Cosmote.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky Sports’ new rights deal for the US PGA Championship is for the five-year period from 2019 to 2023, SportBusiness Media understands. This marks a rebuilding of the long-term partnership between rights-holder and broadcaster that ended in 2016 when Sky refused to meet rights distributor IMG’s valuation of the property.
USA

In honour of Super Bowl LIII, SportBusiness Consulting has updated its USA market focus – part of the 2018 SportBusiness Consulting Global Media Report – and made it freely available.
USA

MLS team's commercial prospects given ‘dramatic overhaul’ by move to $400m stadium Mixed-use development with sportsbook planned to capitalise on sports betting legislation E

Facebook has finally emerged as a major player in the global sports rights-market Acquisition strategy is highly targeted, with India and Latin America among priorities

A whirlwind six months for US boxing have seen five major media-rights deals agreed from May to October this year, setting up a four-way battle for supremacy between platforms from 2019 onward

Brazilian clubs set to vote through bid from SportPromotion worth up to $460m Bid from US fund Prudent worth $80m per year likely to be rejected

ESPN has paid a premium to secure Serie A and Ligue 1 rights in Latin America and the Caribbean, boosting its European football portfolio after missing out on the English Premier League

Facebook has finally emerged as a major player in the global sports rights-market Acquisition strategy is highly targeted, with India and Latin America among priorities

Mediapro is close to a deal for global rights to Bolivia’s home 2022 World Cup qualifiers, but must wait 30 days before its victory can be confirmed. The agency’s bid of $12m (€10.5m),

The value of Ultimate Fighting Championship rights has fallen in the Philippines, but local sources say the result is still a good one for the promotion and its owner, IMG, given current market dynamics

The Premier League secured an uplift of more than 40 per cent in its deal in Indonesia with new-entry pay-television operator Mola TV, SportBusiness Media has learned

A lack of regional competition is weighing on the Asian Football Confederation’s prospects this year for securing a significant uplift in Middle East and North Africa media rights revenues in the 2021 t…

Fox Sports Asia’s new two-and-a-half-season deal with IMG for Serie A rights in Singapore and Malaysia, is understood to be worth about $7m (€6.1m) for both territories combined, equating to about $2.3m

After a year in which there have been some aggressive new players, a high-profile agency collapse, a massive state-run piracy scandal and continuing question marks about the future of traditional pay-TV operators, Frank Dunne talks to media-rights consultant Phil Lines about the forces shaping the industry and what is in store for 2019.

2018 was the year Facebook got serious about buying live sports rights. Frank Dunne talks to Peter Hutton, Facebook’s director of global live sports partnerships and programming, about the thinking behind those deals and the social media platform’s ambitions for live sport in 2019

Frank Dunne talks to Patrick Murphy, chief executive of DDMC Fortis, on the agency’s deal for the global commercial rights to the competitions of the Asian Football Confederation. The long-form agreement was signed on October 29.