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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 1: Premier League, Real Madrid, F1, rugby and more

Football: The English Premier League signed deals in Asia, Australia and North America for its live rights for the three seasons from 2007-08 to 2009-10.

In Asia, it agreed deals with pan-regional broadcaster ESPN Star Sports for rights in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Indian sub-continent, Korea and Indo-China, covering a group of nine smaller Asian countries; with Starhub Cablevision (Singapore), UBC (Thailand), the Euro Soccer Channel (China) and Yes TV (Japan).  The Asian deals brought in total fees of more than $700m (£363m/€534m).

In Australia and New Zealand the league sold the rights to pay-operator Fox Sports for $22m.  In North America, the Fox Soccer Channel and pay-operator Setanta won the rights for $57m.  The Score Media television network acquired the rights in Canada.

Football: Spanish agency Mediapro acquired the rights for Primera Liga club Real Madrid in a five-year deal from 2008-09 to 2012-13.  The club said that the deal would help it generate €1.1bn (£743m) from its television rights for the seven-year period from 2006-07 to 2012-13.  The rights are presently owned by Sogecable until 2007-08.  Sogecable will increase the fees it pays to the club in the next two seasons.

Football: Portuguese commercial channel TVI and pay-operator Sport TV acquired the rights for Euro 2008 in a deal brokered by Uefa’s agency partner SportFive. TVI has exclusive free-to-air rights for 20 matches and Sport TV the rights to all 31 matches, 11 of which it will show exclusively.

Football: UK pay-television operator British Sky Broadcasting acquired the rights for next summer’s Copa America, South America’s premier international tournament.  RDA TV, on behalf of Traffic Sports Marketing, the Brazilian agency that distributes the rights, brokered the deal.  The 2007 tournament has been sold so far in 155 countries.

Formula One: US network Fox and cable network Speed acquired Formula One rights in the US in a three-year deal from 2007 to 2009.  Speed will show live coverage of 13 races each year and Fox will show network coverage of the remaining four races each year, including live coverage of the US and Canadian grands prix.

Motorsport: US network ABC and cable sports channel ESPN acquired the rights for the Champ Car World Series in a two-year deal covering the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Ice Hockey: The IMG agency agreed a five-year deal to distribute the media and marketing rights for ice hockey’s Spengler Cup, an annual international club tournament held in Switzerland, from 2008 to 2012.  The Kentaro agency at present distributes the television rights.

Rugby Union: New Zealand public-service broadcaster TVNZ and pay-television operator Sky Network Television acquired joint rights for the annual Sevens World Series in a five year deal from February 2008.

Bobsleigh/Skeleton: German pay-television broadcaster Arena acquired an exclusive package of pay-television rights for the World Cup and World Championship events in a three-year deal from 2006-07 to 2008-09 with the Fédération International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing and the Infront Sports and Media agency.  Public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF have already acquired the free-to-air rights for the same period.

Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG SSR signed a one-year deal covering all men’s and women’s World Cup events in the 2006-07 season.

Cycling: German public-service broadcaster ARD will new its contract to show next year's Deutschland Tour, part of the UCI Pro Tour, only a month after saying it was going to drop coverage of the event after doping scandals led to poor audience figures this season.

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