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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 3: Darts, handball, motorsports, Olympics, tennis and more

Darts: UK pay-television broadcaster BSkyB acquired the rights for Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Grand Slam of Darts in a three-year deal, from 2011 to 2013, with the PDC.

Handball: Televisa Deportes Network, the North and central American Spanish-language pay-television broadcaster, acquired rights for the German handball Bundesliga in a deal covering the remainder of the 2010-11 season and the 2011-12 season.

Lacrosse: US sports cable channel Versus acquired nine live games from the National Lacrosse League in the 2011 season. Versus will begin its coverage on February 27.

MMA: The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) signed a media rights deals with TV Bank, a subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications company Softbank, which will serve as the UFC’s primary online content distributor in Japan. UFC also signed a deal with IPTV operator Hikari TV, which is operated by NTT Plala. Hikari TV will show delayed events and archive footage.

Motorsports: German sports broadcaster Sport1 acquired exclusive rights for the World Rally Championship (WRC) in a two-year deal, covering 2011 and 2012, with North One Sport, the WRC’s promoter and commercial rights-holder. Sport1 will show up to four hours of coverage of each rally, including daily highlights, preview and review shows, and live coverage of new made-for-live-television power stages.

Motorsports: UK pay-television operator Premier Sports acquired rights for the 2011 Nascar Sprint Cup Series.

Olympic Games: Cuban state broadcaster Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión acquired the free-to-air television and radio broadcasting rights to the 2012 Olympics Games.

Pan Arab Games: Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera Sports and the Pan Arab Games Organising Committee signed a broadcasting rights deal for the Pan Arab Games. The Games will be held in Doha over the period November 11-25.

Tennis: The IEC in Sports agency renewed its deal to distribute the worldwide media rights for the Gerry Weber Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament, until 2014.

Tennis: The US Tennis Association extended its deal for coverage of the US Open with the CBS network for three years, covering 2012 to 2014, securing a small increase in rights fee. In the existing deal, which expires at the end of this year, CBS pays between $20m (€15m) and $25m per year.

US College Sport: ESPN and the University of Texas signed a 20-year television and internet rights deal, from 2011-12 to 2031-32, worth $300m (€221m). ESPN will launch a 24-hour television network in September dedicated to the university’s sports teams. The network will show 200 sports events per year including at least one live college football game and eight men’s college basketball matches. The University of Texas will receive around $200m while its licensing and marketing partner, the IMG agency, will receive $100m.

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