TV RIGHTS CLIPS 2: Athletics, basketball, boxing, winter sports and more

Athletics: The European Broadcasting Union acquired rights for European Athletics Association events in a four-year deal, from 2012 to 2015. The deal covers the European Championships in 2012 and 2014, the European Indoor Championships in 2013 and 2015, and the European Team Championships and Cross Country Championships.

Athletics: Globosat, the pay-television arm of Brazil’s Globo media group, acquired the rights for the International Association of Athletics Federations World Athletics Series in a six-year deal, from 2014 to 2019, with the Dentsu agency. The deal includes rights for five World Championships.

Athletics: The IEC in Sports agency agreed a deal to distribute the international media rights for two meets – the International Association of Athletics Federations World Challenge Meeting and the Jamaican National Championships – in Jamaica in 2011, in a deal with the Jamaican Amateur Athletic Association.

Basketball: The US National Basket Association (NBA) signed multi-year broadcasting deals in India with media company Zee, which completed a takeover of Taj Television, owner of the Ten Sports channel, and Sony-backed broadcaster Multi Screen Media (MSM). Ten Sports will show two live games per week, magazine programming, the All-Star game, playoffs, one conference final and the finals. MSM’s English-language Pix Channel will show two live games per week, the playoffs, a highlights programme, the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011 and the Western Conference Finals in 2012. NBA matches were shown on pan-regional pay-television broadcaster ESPN Star Sports until last season.

Basketball: Ma Chaîne Sport (MCS), the French basic tier pay-television channel, acquired the rights to the US National Basketball Association, in a two-year deal, from 2010-11 to 2011-12, beginning this week. The deal gives MCS over 200 live matches per season from the regular season plus extensive coverage around the All-Star game, for a total of around 1,500 hours of content per season. MCS is thought to be paying a minimum of $1.5m (€1.1m) per season (page 2).

Basketball: Rights agency MP & Silva sold rights to the Spanish professional basketball league, the ACB, in a two-year deal, to Chinese television network Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation.

Basketball: CAfrica Sports, a US-based agency that distributes content to a network of African free-to-air broadcasters, acquired rights in sub-Saharan Africa for the NBA in a multi-year deal, beginning in 2010-11, with the league. CAfrica Sports will distribute the content in over 20 countries. The rights cover one live game per week on a Thursday from the regular season, live games from the playoffs and finals, and the All-Star game. The deal also includes 36 episodes of the NBA Action highlights programme.

Boxing: US sports cable channel Versus acquired delayed television rights to the World Series of Boxing, covering the four North American teams, for the 2010-11 season. Versus will screen delayed coverage of 30 events, including 24 regular season matches, from the North American franchises, plus four semi-finals and two finals.

Boxing: Setanta-owned UK pay-television channel Premier Sports signed a one-tournament deal for the World Series of Boxing to commence in December 2010 and a two-year deal for US boxing show Friday Night Fights to commence in January 2011.

Cricket: South African public-service broadcaster SABC acquired the free-to-air television and radio rights for the forthcoming South Africa-India tour, starting this week, in a deal with Cricket South Africa (CSA), the sport’s national governing body. SABC will show live coverage of the three Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match included in the tour as well as a new magazine show.

Darts: Dutch commercial broadcaster RTL7 acquired the rights for Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events in a three-year deal, from 2011 to 2013, with the PDC. RTL will show nine tournaments in 2011. The deal includes rights for the World Championships, the PDC’s flagship annual tournament.

Handball: MP & Silva, the Italian sports-rights agency, has agreed a multi-year deal with EHF Marketing, the marketing arm of the European Handball Federation (EHF), to exclusively distribute the EHF Champions League in Asia.

Horseracing: UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the rights for the Champions Day, the newly-created climax of the flat season, in a two-year deal, from 2011 to 2012.

Mixed martial arts: US mixed martial arts promotion Bellator Fighting Championships signed a three-year deal, from 2011 to 2013, with cable network MTV2.

Tennis: The IEC in Sports agency renewed its deal to distribute the media rights outside Russia for the Kremlin Cup, a combined ATP Tour 250 and WTA Tour event, in a multi-year deal.

Winter sports: Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport acquired rights for the 2011 and 2013 Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) snowboarding and freestyle skiing World Championships (four Championships in total) in a deal with Sunset+Vine, the rights distributor. The coverage will be on the Eurosport 2 channel. Eurosport also acquired rights for the 2010-11 FIS Tour de Ski, a cross-country skiing competition, in a deal with the federation. Eurosport will show live coverage of all stages of the tour, which began this earlier month.

Winter sports: The IMG agency agreed a deal to distribute the international media and sponsorship rights for the 2012 World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo.

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