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ESPN spree leaves sports grateful for small mercies

Germany’s Bundesliga and martial arts’ Ultimate Fighting Championship are among only a handful of sports rights properties to have avoided major rights-fee cuts in the UK following Setanta’s collapse.

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German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has extended its deal with the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters motorsport series for another two years, paying an increased fee on the back of renewed interest from car manufacturers and drivers.

African pay-television broadcaster SuperSport renewed its exclusive English-language rights to the French Open and Australian Open, paying slight increases in both to secure longer terms.

The digital rights deals are all non-exclusive, while CCTV will receive linear exclusivity for selected BWF events. All seven deals cover the five years from 2022 to 2026.

Greek powerhouse Olympiacos is set to switch from Nova to Cosmote in a lucrative deal that casts further doubt over the league’s efforts to centralise the management of its media rights.