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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 2: US sports, tennis, cricket, rugby and more

  • American Football: Canadian commercial broadcaster CTV and cable sports broadcaster Rogers Sportsnet acquired the Canadian rights to NFL football for the three years from 2008 to 2010, paying a combined C$15m per season (£7m/€10.3m).  CTV will broadcast early afternoon Sunday regular season and playoff matches, as well as the Super Bowl, while Rogers will show the later games.  The rights had previously been held for the past 25 years by rival commercial network CanWest Global, paying between C$8m and C$10m.
  • Baseball: Canadian public-service broadcaster CBC acquired the rights for a two-year deal for the rights to Toronto Blue Jays games in Major League Baseball.  The package includes eight regular-season games in 2007 and up to 30 games in 2008. 
  • Tennis: Canadian cable sports network TSN acquired the rights for the French Open at Roland Garros in a four-year deal from 2007 to 2010.
  • Cricket: The Nimbus agency acquired the worldwide rights for three India v South Africa one-day internationals played in Ireland this month and one India v Pakistan match in Scotland in July.  The deal, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, is worth $24.2m (£12.2m/€18m) - $6.05m per match. Nimbus stepped in after rival broadcaster Zee pulled out of a five-year, $219.15m deal with the BCCI for offshore one-day matches.
  • Cricket: Pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports acquired the rights for the 2007 Afro-Asia Cup after the collapse of an existing deal between the Asia Cricket Council and the Nimbus agency.  ESS will pay no rights fee but hand over 80 per cent of the advertising revenue around its coverage, retaining the remainder.
  • Cricket: Caribbean broadcaster CNC 3 is showing live coverage of the England v West Indies series, after a revenue share deal was agreed with rights owners IMC.
  • Triathlon: US Fox Sports Net, the cable TV regional sports network, acquired the rights for triathlon’s World Cup series in a deal with the sport’s world body, The International Triathlon Union.  The deal covers races in Australia, Japan, Portugal and South Africa and follows on from agreements with several countries including Russia, Greece, Croatia, Sweden, Italy and India.
  • Rugby Union: Australian public-service broadcaster ABC acquired the live rights for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup, which began on May 25.  The deal covers all five of Australia A’s matches, which will be carried on free-to-air digital channel ABC2.
  • Sailing: Canadian cable sports network TSN signed a deal with automobile manufacturer BMW Canada to provide exclusive live coverage of sailing’s America’s Cup regatta on its broadband site, TSN Broadband.  It is the first time that a Canadian sports broadband network has secured exclusive live rights to an entire major sports competition.  BMW Canada will be presenting sponsor of the site’s coverage.
  • Rowing: US internet broadcaster World Championship Sport Network acquired the US rights for major rowing events in 2007 in a deal with the International Rowing Federation (FISA).  The deal covers the World Cup (three events) and the World and European Championships.

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