TV RIGHTS CLIPS 1: NCAA and NBA basketball, boxing, football and more

Badminton: The Badminton World Federation, badminton’s governing body, signed a three-year deal, from 2011 to 2013, with IMG Media for the global exploitation of all media rights for the BWF's major events. The BWF was assisted by law firm DLA Piper.

Basketball: Canadian cable channel TSN acquired the rights to the NCAA March Madness in a one-tournament deal. TSN replaces former rights-holder cable sports channel The Score, which held the rights from 2007 to 2010. Coverage will be shown on TSN and TSN2.

Basketball: The UK arm of sports broadcaster ESPN acquired rights for the two NBA regular-season games between the New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors played in London on March 4 and 5, in a deal with the NBA. ESPN showed the first match live and the second match delayed. The games were also streamed live and on-demand for free in the UK on the NBA’s website.

Boxing: UK pay-television operator BSkyB signed a one-fight deal for live coverage of heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title defence against Odlanier Solis on March 19. The fight will take place in Germany and will be shown in primetime on one of the Sky Sports channels.

Boxing: World Boxing Association middleweight champion Felix Sturm signed a six-fight deal with German commercial broadcaster Sat.1. The deal replaces a three-fight extension signed last month to his existing deal with Sat.1.

Football: Ecuavisa Internacional, which is owned by commercial broadcaster Ecuavisa, acquired the international rights to Barcelona Sporting Club’s Serie A home games. The Ecuavisa Internacional channel is available in the US, Spain and Perú. State-owned commercial broadcasters Gama TV and TC Televisión in January acquired Barcelona’s domestic rights in a deal worth $2.5m (€1.8m) per year.

Football: The FSA Media agency concluded its rights deals in Asia for the 2011 Copa America, with Hong Kong pay-television operator i-Cable and Indonesian free-to-air broadcaster RCTI. In Australia, public-service broadcaster SBS acquired the rights from the Sportfive agency (page 2).

Football: US English-language Asian-focused sports network One World Sports acquired the North American rights to the Asian Football Confederation Champions League from the World Sport Group agency, the AFC’s media and marketing partner. Live and delayed coverage will be available on One World Sports' television and broadband services. Mobile coverage will be available on Verizon Wireless V Cast Video. The AFC Champions League takes place between March and November.

Football: Singapore free-to-air broadcaster MediaCorp and pay-television operator Starhub signed one-season deals with the Football Association of Singapore for rights for the 2011 season of the S-League, the Singapore football league. Starhub broadcasts one live game per match week and a weekly highlights show on SuperSports Arena. MediaCorp broadcasts delayed coverage of the games on Saturdays on Channel 5.

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