BeIN says rights-holder response to piracy ‘critical’ to future bids Broadcaster spends over $2.5bn

OSN’s decision to close most of its sports channels will leave a vacuum in the Middle East and North Africa for rights-holders that is unlikely to be filled for some time, experts have told SportBusiness M...

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub has reached a new deal that will give it increased exclusivity over National Hockey League rights in Switzerland from the 2020-21 season

BeIN Media Group has told SportBusiness Media it is in talks with various parties for the domestic free-to-air rights for the Ligue Nationale de Handball competition from 2019 to 2023; one of these parties is understood to be French digital-terrestrial channel L’Équipe TV.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has brought back the Formula One motor racing championship to its platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland after a one-year absence that caused a customer...

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

Telco Digicel has renewed its Premier League rights in the Pacific Islands at a flat fee

Commercial broadcaster ITV has announced it will broadcast free-to-air coverage of Spain’s LaLiga for the rest of the 2018-19 season in a new deal with the league.

Major League Soccer has signed a one-year partnership with the Amazon-owned Twitch to give its esports competition, the eMLS Cup, a more prominent position on the streaming channel

Mediaset has acquired free-to-air rights in Spain for two MotoGP motorcycling championship races in 2019 in a sublicensing deal with OTT operator DAZN, according to reports
USA

Disney OTT platform ESPN+ will air Major League Baseball spring training games beginning this Saturday

Swedish media company Modern Times Group has confirmed that it has sold its 95-per-cent share in Bulgaria’s Nova Broadcasting Group to Advance Media Group.

Walt Disney Company has agreed to sell its Fox Sports channels in Brazil and Mexico as part of the process to complete the $71.3bn (€62.9

Pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports has acquired non-exclusive rights in the UK and Ireland to football’s Spanish LaLiga.
USA

The Action Network, a media start-up that provides analytics and betting content, received a big boost in terms of funding on Thursday – $17.5m (€15m) in Series B funding led by Fertitta Capital.

Data Reports

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.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub has reached a new deal that will give it increased exclusivity over National Hockey League rights in Switzerland from the 2020-21 season

BeIN Media Group has told SportBusiness Media it is in talks with various parties for the domestic free-to-air rights for the Ligue Nationale de Handball competition from 2019 to 2023; one of these parties is understood to be French digital-terrestrial channel L’Équipe TV.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has brought back the Formula One motor racing championship to its platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland after a one-year absence that caused a customer...

Bellator MMA has been waiting years for a consistent broadcast deal in the UK and Ireland. Now two have arrived at once
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.

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 Company has no plan to expand...

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
USA

ESPN's deal with IMG for rights to Serie A and the FA Cup has shown how US sports broadcasters are desperate not to be left without premium European football on their platforms.

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 Company has no plan to expand...

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),

DAZN will pay $30m per year for the Copa Sudamericana in Brazil Streaming service to pay about $10m per season for Serie A; $5m per season for Ligue 1 Wider Latin American launch postponed pending...

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.