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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 1: Football, rugby union, rugby league, volleyball

  • Football: Danish commercial broadcaster TV2 acquired the rights for the Danish national team home matches, paying DKr41.5m (£3.9m/ €5.6m) a year to renew its deal for four more years from 2008-09 to 2011-12.  The deal includes non-exclusive radio rights.
  • Football: Turkish digital-satellite platform Digiturk acquired the pay-television rights for the Euro 2008 tournament in a deal worth about €1m (£700,000).  Commercial broadcaster ATV has the free-to-air rights, for which it paid €12.5m.
  • Football: Pan-African broadcaster Supersport acquired the rights in South Africa and Nigeria for English football's FA Cup and England home matches in a four-year deal from 2008-09 to 2011-12.
  • Football: Pan-Asian sports channel Eurosport Asia acquired exclusive live rights in Asia for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana in 2008.
  • Football: Moroccan free-to-air broadcaster SNRT acquired the rights for the top domestic football league and the national team’s home matches in a three-year MDH225 (£13.8m/ €19.9m/$28.4m) deal, with the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football and pan-Arabian broadcaster ART.  As part of the deal , SNRT will receive from ART the free-to-air rights for the African Cup of Nations in 2008 and the 2010 World Cup and provide the live feed to ART of two matches a week from the Moroccan league. 
    ART had signed a five-year, $27m contract for the exclusive league rights in December 2006 but broke off the deal after the federation made matches available to free-to-air broadcasters.
  • Rugby union: Pan-African pay-broadcaster Supersport acquired the rights for the 2011 and 2015 World Cups in a deal worth over $40m (£19.6m/€28m) with the International Rugby Board.
  • Rugby league: UK pay-television broadcaster BSkyB acquired the rights for the final qualifiers for the Rugby League World Cup and the entire 2008 tournament, to be staged in Australia.
  • Rugby union: Pan-European sports channel Eurosport 2 acquired the international live rights outside France for French rugby’s Top 14 tournament through to June 2008.  It will show two live matches each Friday.
  • Volleyball: Pan-European sports channel Eurosport 2 acquired live for the 2007-08 European Champion’s League.  It will show a live match every Wednesday through to the finals.

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