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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 1: Premier League, other football, rugby, tennis

Football: The English Premier League signed a number of deals in several territories for its television rights for the the three seasons from 2007-08 to 2009-10.  The rights were awarded in the Middle East to pay-operator Showtime for $120m (£63m/€94m), in Hong Kong to telecoms company PCCW for about $180m, in Scandinavia to a joint-bid from pay-operator Canal Plus and telecoms company Telenor for about £60m, in the Netherlands to pay-channel Sport 1 for €10.5m, in Italy to pay-operator Sky Italia for about €20m and in Bulgaria to the AMI agency.

Football: Thai entertainment group RS Plc acquired the rights to the 2010 and 2014 Fifa World Cups in a deal with Fifa, football's world governing body.  RS beat competition from the DhosPaak agency, which paid $7.5m (£3.9m/€5.9m) for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

RS recently launched a sports rights subsidiary, RS International Broadcasting and Sport Management Co, with a view to acquiring the rights for major sports events.  RS said that it expects to make net profit of 200m bhat (£2.9m/€4.3m) this year, against a loss of 400m in 2005.

Football: Brazilian agency Traffic acquired the television rights for the Bolivian national team's home fixtures in the next Copa America and 2010 World Cup qualifying period from the Bolivian football federation in a deal worth $4m (£2.1m/€3.1m).

Football: UK cable and satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting, acquired the exclusive live rights for all 15 games of the 2007 Uefa European Under-21 Championship, held in Holland. Unsuccessful bidders included pay-operator Setanta and commercial broadcasters ITV and Five.

Football: Dutch pay-broadcaster Sport1 acquired the non-exclusive live rights for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Uefa Cup, European football’s second-tier club tournament, in a three-year deal with the Team Marketing agency from 2006-07 to 2008-09.

Football: nSport, the new sports channel launched by Polish direct-to-home pay-platform ITI Neovision, acquired the rights for Poland's "Puchar Polski" football cup in a three-year deal from 2006-07 to 2008-09.  The deal, brokered by the Sportfive agency, also involved a restructuring of the competition format.  The final will be broadcast by commercial broadcaster TVN.

Rugby Union: Australian commercial network Ten acquired the free-to-air rights for rugby union's 2007 World Cup in France in a deal worth a reported A$10m (£4m/€6m).  Ten will show 28 live matches, including 20 of the 40 pool matches plus all four of Australia's pool matches, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, the third-fourth place play-off and the final.  The deal was brokered by the IMG agency.

Tennis: The ATP Masters Series of top men’s tennis events extended its distribution deal with the IMG Media agency to market the worldwide television rights of the nine-event Masters Series and the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup for three more years, from 2008 to 2010.

Tennis: Pan-regional Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports acquired the rights for the French Open in a five-year deal from 2007 to 2012.

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Formula One’s meteoric rise in the US has yielded a media rights fee to match via a new deal with Disney, putting the US behind only the UK and Germany in terms of F1 broadcast revenue.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) is unlikely to reach its R$650m-per-year target for global media and marketing rights to the Copa do Brasil but is set fair for an overall increase compared to the current cycle.

Rights-holders have found it difficult to secure substantial increases in Portugal as competition between Sport TV and Eleven has slowed down since the latter’s launch in 2018.

RTVE assessed that Spanish national team matches – particularly those within the Nations League format – were somewhat overvalued in the previous deal, leading to a slightly decreased value.