TV RIGHTS CLIPS 1: Premier League, Serie A football, Formula One

  • Football: The English Premier League sold the rights for its internet and mobile clips packages to various companies worldwide for the three years from 2007-08 to 2009-10, bringing in about $40m (£20m/€29m).
  • Football: Japanese pay-broadcaster SkyPerfecTV acquired a package of Serie A rights from the Dentsu and Media Partners and Silva agencies in a one-year deal for the 2007-08 season.  The agencies agreed other one-year deals with terrestrial broadcasters Fuji TV, TBS and Nippon TV for news access and delayed and live rights, with Livesports.jp for live mobile and broadband rights and with Softbank Creative for mobile clips.  The combined value of the deals is about €10m (£6.8m).
  • Football: Japanese pay-broadcaster J Sports acquired English Premier League rights in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10 worth $21m (£10.4m/€15.3m) with the Sportfive agency.  Terrestrial broadcasters Fuji TV, TBS, Nippon TV and TV Asahi agreed one-year deals for limited terrestrial rights worth between $300,000 and $400,000 each.
  • Football: ESPN International acquired the rights for Italian Serie A in Latin America and the Caribbean in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10 with the Media Partners & Silva agency.  ESPN is obliged in Brazil to sublicense the first-choice match each week to a free-to-air broadcaster.  The agency has also retained the free-to-air rights in Chile and Venezuela.
  • Football: Austrian commercial broadcaster ATV acquired the rights for the friendly match between Austria and Switzerland from the Sportfive agency.  It is the first time ATV will show an Austrian national team match.
  • Football: Indian pay-broadcaster Neo Sports acquired a package of Serie A rights from the Sportfive agency in a two-year deal from 2007-08 to 2008-09 and Bundesliga rights in a two-year deal with the Sportsman Media Group for the same period.  The Bundesliga deal gives Neo exclusive live rights and non-exclusive highlights.
  • Football: Spanish telecoms operator Telefónica’s Brazilian satellite television service sublicensed pay-per-view rights to the top-tuer Campeonato Brasileiro tournament from pay-operator Globosat.  Telefónica will also carry Globosat’s pay-sports channels Sportv 1 and 2.
  • Football: Venezuelan sports channel Meridiano acquired the television rights to 130 national team matches over the next four years.
  • Football: Welsh-language channel S4C acquired highlights rights for Welsh national team home matches in a four-year deal, 2008-09 to 2011-12, with the Football Association of Wales.  The deal also includes live and highlights rights for the Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup.
  • Football: UK public-service broadcaster BBC acquired highlights rights for Northern Ireland home matches from 2008-09 to 2011-12.  BBC lost the live rights to pay-operator British Sky Broadcasting.
  • Formula One: The Turning Point agency extended its deal with Formula One Management for Formula One rights in Poland for a further three years, from 2008 to 2010.
  • Formula One: Romanian public-service broadcaster TVR renewed its deal with Formula One Management for a further three years, from 2008 to 2010, paying about $2.4m (£1.2m/€1.75m).
  • Formula One: South African pay-broadcaster Supersport renewed its deal with Formula One Management for three years, from 2008 to 2010.

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