TV RIGHTS CLIPS 2: IAAF athletics, basketball, boxing, ice hockey and more

Athletics: Italian public-service broadcaster Rai acquired rights for the IAAF World Athletics Series, including the World Championships, in a three-year deal, from 2011 to 2013, with the IEC in Sports agency.

Basketball: US cable operator Time Warner signed a 20-year deal, from 2012-13 to 2031-32, worth €3bn (€2.19bn), with the Los Angeles Lakers. Time Warner will create two new regional sports networks, one in the English-language and one in the Spanish-language, that will be distributed to all satellite, cable and telco operators in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Basketball: The MP & Silva agency agreed deals with Singaporean pay-television operator Starhub and Italian digital sports broadcaster Sportitalia for rights for all competitions of the Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto, the Spanish basketball federation, including the domestic league. Both deals began last Sunday and run until the end of the 2010-11 season.

Boxing: US premium cable network Epix acquired a one-fight deal for live coverage of heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko's title defence against Odlanier Solis on March 19, worth around $150,000 (€110,000). The deal was brokered by US boxing promoter Lou DiBella.

Boxing: US-based production and distribution company Small World acquired global distribution rights for the World Boxing Council’s live weekly events and archive footage.

Boxing: World Boxing Association middleweight champion Felix Sturm agreed a three-fight extension to his broadcast deal with German commercial broadcaster Sat1.

Horse Racing: The Comcast-NBCU network acquired the US rights to the Belmont Stakes from the New York Racing Association until 2015. Coverage will be shown on the network’s sports cable channel Versus. The purchase means that the network now holds the rights to Horse Racing’s Triple Crown, with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes also under contract until 2015.

Ice Hockey: Pan-Nordic broadcaster the TV4 Group acquired the rights in Denmark, Norway and Sweden for the ice hockey World Championships in a six-year deal, from 2012 to 2017 (page 7).

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