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TV RIGHTS CLIPS 1: Football: World Cup, Euros, Spanish national team and more

Football: Fifa, football’s world governing body, agreed deals in the US, Canada, selected territories in Asia and Australia for its events covering the period 2015 to 2022 (see story this issue). The Asian deal was with the Infront Sports & Media agency and covered 26 territories including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Japan, Korea and Malaysia are excluded.

Football: Australian pay-television broadcaster Setanta Sports acquired the rights for Euro 2012 in a deal worth $3.4m (€2m) with the Sportfive agency, which markets the rights in Asia and Oceania on behalf of Uefa, European football’s governing body (see story this issue).

Football: Norwegian commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV2 acquired domestic league and cup football rights in a four-year deal, from 2013 to 2016, with Football Media, the joint league-federation body which sells the rights, worth about NOK450m (€58m/$81m). TV2 acquired: two matches per week from the top-tier league, the Tippeliga, plus Tippeliga highlights; one match per week from the second-tier league, the Adeccoliga; the national cup; and the women’s league. The broadcaster has already sublicensed the rights for the cup and the women’s league to public-service broadcaster NRK.

Football: Irish public-service broadcaster RTÉ and UK and Ireland pay-television broadcaster BSkyB acquired rights for the Estonia v Ireland Uefa Euro 2012 qualifier on November 11.

Football: US football channel Gol TV renewed its rights for the German Bundesliga for a further three seasons, from 2012-13 to 2014-15, in a deal with DFL Sports Enterprises, the league’s commercial arm.

Football: US Africa-focused channel Afrotainment TV acquired rights for Confederation of African Football competitions.

Football: US company Media World acquired the exclusive media rights to Haiti’s home matches in the first stage of the Concacaf qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in a deal with the Fédération Haïtienne de Football, the Haitian Football Federation, worth $125,000 (€90,000). Concacaf is the governing body of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean. Haiti’s first game under the new deal will be against Antigua and Barbuda on November 15.

Football: The Ufa Sports agency acquired the Asian rights to the home matches of the Spanish national team in a deal with the Grupo Santa Mónica agency, the worldwide marketing partner of the Spanish football federation. The deal includes rights for World Cup qualifiers and friendly matches until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Football: The South Asian Football Federation renewed its media and marketing rights partnership with the World Sport Group agency until 2017. The deal covers four SAFF Championships, a biennial competition between member federations, and begins with the 2011 event in Orissa, India, in December.

Football: Pakistani mobile operator Zong agreed a three-year deal with English Premier League club Manchester United for content including goal clips, interviews, news and behind-the-scenes feature programming.

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