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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 3: Athletics, basketball, boxing, golf, handball and ice hockey

Athletics: The International Association of Athletics Federations secured deals for the 2011 World Championships and other events in the Netherlands, Iceland, Russia, Switzerland, Serbia, Albania, Croatia and Asia-Pacific. Public-service broadcasters NOS in the Netherlands, RUV in Iceland and HRT in Croatia, and Russian state-owned broadcaster VGTRK acquired rights for the 2011 World Championships. Public-service broadcasters SRG-SSR in Switzerland, RTS in Serbia and RTHS in Albania acquired rights for the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. The IEC in Sports agency brokered the deals. The Dentsu agency agreed a deal with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the consortium of free-to-air broadcasters, for extended highlights of the 2011 World Championships.

Basketball: NBA team the New Jersey Nets renegotiated their local television rights deal with regional broadcaster the Yes Network. The deal has been extended by ten years to the end of the 2031-32 season. The annual rights fee will double next season, 2012-13, to $20m (€29m), and will rise incrementally after that until the end of the contract.

Golf: The US PGA Tour agreed nine-year extensions, from 2013 to 2021, to its rights deals with US networks CBC and NBC.

Handball: French basic-tier broadcaster, Ma Chaîne Sport, acquired live rights for the German Bundesliga and the Spanish Liga Asobal for the 2011-12 season.

Handball: EHF Marketing, the commercial arm of the European Handball Federation, agreed a three-year deal, from 2011-12 to 2013-14, with Danish public-service broadcaster DR, for rights to the EHF men’s and women’s Champions Leagues. DR subsequently agreed a sublicensing deal with pay-television sports broadcaster TV2 Sport. In 2011-12, DR will show live coverage of all matches involving Danish men’s teams AG Copenhagen and BSV, and women’s team Randers HK. TV2 Sport will show the matches featuring women’s teams FC Midtjylland and Viborg HK, and other matches from the women’s tournament. TV2 Sport also acquired rights for the Champions League magazine show.

Ice Hockey: Swedish basic-tier and pay-television broadcaster Modern Times Group and public-service broadcaster SVT jointly acquired the rights for national team matches in a four-year deal, from 2011-12 to 2014-15, with the Svenska Ishockeyförbunde, the national federation. The deal includes rights for matches in the Euro Hockey Tour and the Junior World Championships.

Ice Hockey: Canadian media group Bell Media acquired local television and radio rights for the pre-season and regular-season matches of NHL team the Winnipeg Jets in a ten-year deal, from 2011-12 to 2020-21.

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