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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 2: Boxing, cricket, golf, rally, rugby and tennis deals

Boxing: Triumph Media Group extended its deal with Klitshcko Management Group covering the distribution of the global media rights to the 2011 fights of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. Territories not included in the global rights deal include: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Klitschko Management Group will market the rights in these territories.

Cricket: The International Cricket Council signed worldwide news access deals for the 2011 Cricket World Cup with two news organisations, Reuters and SNTV.

Cricket: Hindi-language channel Star Plus acquired non-exclusive rights in Canada for International Cricket Council magazine programming.

Cricket: UK pay-television broadcaster BSkyB acquired the rights for the Ireland-England one-day international in Ireland on August 25.

Cycling: Canadian cable channel TSN acquired exclusive rights to the Tour de France in a multi-year deal.

Golf: US network CBS extended its deal with the PGA of America for the rights to the PGA Championship for a further eight years, from 2012 to 2019.

Handball: French public service broadcaster France Télévisions acquired non-exclusive rights for last month’s men’s handball World Championships final, in which France beat Denmark, from pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus in a deal worth €350,000 ($479,500).

Hockey: The International Hockey Federation signed deals for live streaming rights of this week’s Indoor World Cup with two broadcasters. Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport acquired the rights in Europe for 42 live matches for its subcription video platform Eurosport Player. Internet operator Laola1 will show the same matches live for free in all territories outside Europe.

Motorsports: Nitro, the digital-terrestrial service of Spanish commercial broadcaster Antena 3, acquired the rights to the World Rally Championship for the next two seasons, 2011 and 2012. The channel will show highlights of each rally plus live coverage of the final day.

Rugby Union: French commercial broadcaster TF1 sublicensed rights for 28 of the 47 matches of the 2011 Rugby World Cup to public-service broadcaster France Télévisions and pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus. The deal is worth a combined €13m, with France Télévisions paying €9m and Canal Plus €4m. The two broadcasters had initially offered €10m against TF1’s asking price of €17m. The 28 matches include 26 group-stage matches and two quarter-finals. TF1, which paid €40m for the rights for the full tournament, will show all other matches, including those of the French national team.

Rugby Union: US sports channel Fox Soccer Plus signed a deal with the Pitch International agency for the rights for six European competitions in a four-year deal, covering the remainder of the 2010-11 season until the end of the 2013-14 season. The channel renewed its rights to the Heineken Cup, Aviva Premiership and Magners League, which it had for the 2009-10 season. The Amlin Challenge, Premiership Rugby Sevens and the Anglo-Welsh Cup are new to the channel for the 2010-11 season.

Tennis: Pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport acquired pan-European rights for the Australian Open in a five-year deal, from 2012 to 2016, with Tennis Australia, the tournament’s commercial rights-holder, and the IMG agency (see page 4).

Wrestling: Japanese pay-television broadcaster J Sports extended its deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for a further five years, from 2011 to 2015, for the exclusive pay-television broadcast rights.

Tennis: Canadian pay-television broadcaster Rogers Sportsnet acquired television and internet rights for ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournaments in a deal with ATP Media, the tour’s media rights arm, and Tennis Canada, the organiser of the Rogers Cup, the Montreal-based Masters 1000 tournament. Rogers will show live coverage of all nine Masters 1000 events, and 10 Masters 500 tournaments.

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