- Football: The English Football Association agreed a deal with sports agency Sportfive for second-party rights for England’ home friendly internationals, giving Sportfive the rights for selling to broadcasters in the countries of the opposing teams. Sportfive will also assist the FA in negotiating deals directly to broad-casters in other European territories.
The FA also signed deals directly with broadcasters in Scandinavia and in France. Modern Times Group’s Viasat pay-television platform will broadcast internationals and FA Cup matches in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. In France, pay-operator Canal Plus bought FA Cup rights for a reported €6m (£4m).
- Football: Sportfive, Octagon and incumbent rights-holder Team submitted bids for the next round of Champions League rights from 2006-07 to 2008-09. The successful bidder will be decide in May.
- Handball: The European Handball Federation agreed a deal with the Infront sports agency to handle the rights for the 2008 and 2010 European Championships. The deal renews an existing deal with the agency.
- Triathlon: Canadian-based production company TVNW Media Group was appointed the International Triathlon Union’s in-house television arm. The company will host-broadcast a series of events worldwide and produce all the 16-events of the Triathlon World Cup. It will be distributed by BBC Worldwide to broadcasters including the BBC and Five, Canal Plus in France and Spain and ESPN in the Americas and Asia.