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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 4: Mixed martial arts, motorsport, rugby, tennis and more

Mixed Martial Arts: US pay-television channel Spike TV will stream live on its website preliminary bouts from season five of the US mixed martial arts promotion Bellator Fighting Championships.

Mixed Martial Arts: US specialist combat sports channel Fight Now agreed exclusive deals with promoters Ring of Fire and Extreme Challenge, for live rights and archive programming.

Motorsport: Pan-Asian sports broadcaster The Outdoor Channel acquired rights for the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in a deal with Asia Pacific Sports Media, which produces and distributes the media rights for the series. The six-event series has races in Malaysia, Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Japan and China.

Rugby Union: Sub-Saharan Africa pay-television broadcaster Supersport acquired live rights to the semi-finals and final of the Uganda Cup, Uganda’s annual domestic club cup competition.

Sailing: Video-sharing website YouTube agreed a deal to host live video and audio content from this year’s America’s Cup yacht race with the race organisers, which the two parties said would complement the live and highlights coverage offered by traditional broadcasters. Viewers on YouTube will be able to select from live feeds showing footage onboard the racing yachts, an overhead view of the race, or a graphical overview of the race. Audio tracks will include a choice of ‘expert sailing’ or ‘standard sports’ commentaries.

Tennis: British Eurosport, the UK arm of pan-regional broadcaster Eurosport, acquired exclusive live rights for the Great Britain v Hungary Davis Cup promotion play-off match on September 16 to 18. Eurosport will show the match live on television and on its Eurosport Player online video service.

Triathlon: The International Triathlon Union agreed deals for live rights to the 2011 Team Triathlon World Championships on August 20 and 21, with UK public-service broadcaster the BBC and German public-service broadcaster ARD. The BBC showed 75 minutes of coverage, while ARD showed over two hours, plus highlights. The Upsolut Sports agency agreed the deals on behalf of the ITU.

US College Sport: Pan-regional sports broadcaster Eurosport renewed its exclusive rights in Europe and Asia for the home games of the Notre Dame college American football team for two years, 2011 and 2012, in a deal with US network NBC. Matches will be shown on the Eurosport 2 channel in Europe and on Eurosport Asia-Pacific.

US College Sport: US sports broadcaster ESPN extended its American Football media rights deal with the Sun Belt Conference. At least two matches per season will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2, with at least another five on the ESPNU channel. The new contract will expire at the end of the 2019-20 season.

US College Sport: US broadcaster ESPN extended its rights deal with the West Coast Conference for eight years, from 2012 to 2019.

Various: German sports broadcaster Sport1 agreed a five-year deal, from 2012 to 2016, with the Matchroom Sport agency for a number of properties including the World and European Darts Championships, the World Matchplay and UK Open darts events, and other properties distributed by Matchroom. The London-based agency’s portfolio includes snooker, boxing, pool, bowling, golf and fishing.

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