Football: Pan-regional broadcaster Al Jazeera Sport acquired the rights for Fifa competitions between 2015 and 2022, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cup The deal covers cable, satellite, terrestrial, mobile and broadband internet transmission across 23 territories and countries in the Middle East and North Africa, namely: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen and the territory of Palestine (page 4).
Football: Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal with DFL Sports Enterprises for the rights for Germany’s top two divisions, Bundesliga 1 and Bundesliga 2, in 22 territories in the Nordics and Central and Eastern Europe. Eurosport is paying about €50m ($67m) over a three-year period from 2012-13 to 2014-15. Eurosport 2 will show five live matches per week in addition to highlights and magazine shows. Coverage will also be shown on the new Eurosport 2 HD channel as well as on the Eurosport Player, the broadcaster’s online subscriber video service. The territories covered by the deal are: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden (page 5).
Football: Portuguese agency Worldcom acquired the Spanish La Liga rights in a three-year deal, from 2012-13 to 2014-15, worth about €3m ($4m) per season from the Spanish Mediapro agency (page 1).
Football: SBS Broadcasting, the ProSiebenSat.1-owned pan-Nordic basic-tier broadcaster, acquired live pay-per-view internet rights in Norway for Norwegian domestic league and cup football. SBS’s internet coverage will include live broadcasts of seven matches per week from the top division, the Tippeliga, complementing its live television coverage of the one other match per round on its Max channel.
Football: The Uganda Super League and new pay-television channel Smart TV, owned by Next Generation Broadcasting, signed a four-year deal, from 2010-11 to 2013-14, worth $2m (€1.5m). Around 33 per cent of the fee will cover production costs with 50 per cent going to the 14 clubs. Smart TV will show at least two live matches per week and a one-hour highlights programme.
Football: Spanish commercial channel Nitro, owned by Antena 3, acquired the rights to all Brazilian national team friendly matches, from February 2011 until the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Brazil will not play any qualifying games as host of the tournament.
Football: Chilean state broadcaster TVN acquired highlights rights for the Primera División in a two-year deal, from 2011 to 2012, worth close to $10m (€7.3m), with the Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, the league’s rights-holder. The first programme will broadcast on January 30.
Football: Audio Vision Global, rights-holder for the Vietnamese premier league, sublicensed rights to two broadcasters just over a week before the championship began. It sold the rights to 38 matches this season to Vietnam Cable Television and for 20 matches to Vietnam Television. Earlier this month it sold rights to local broadcasters in deals worth VND40m ($2,000/€1,500) each.