Golf: UK pay-television broadcaster ESPN acquired exclusive rights for the 2011 Australian PGA Championship and 2011 Australian Open in a deal with the World Sport Group agency. ESPN will show eight days of live coverage across the two tournaments.
Golf: US Asia-focused sports broadcaster One World Sports acquired rights for the 2011 Australian PGA Championship in a deal with the World Sport Group agency. One World Sports will show live coverage of all four days of the tournament and daily highlights.
Hockey: Indian pay-television broadcaster Ten Sports acquired rights for the 2011 International Hockey Federation men’s Champions Challenge and Champions Trophy tournaments in a deal with the federation.
Lacrosse: US network CBS acquired rights for Major League Lacrosse and the indoor National Lacrosse League in separate deals with the leagues. The MLL deal is for 2012 and covers 14 live matches. The NLL deal is for two years, 2012 and 2013, and covers live coverage of eight matches in 2012.
Mixed Martial Arts: FremantleMedia Enterprises, the content and product division of the RTL Group, signed a global rights deal for five years, from 2011 to 2015, with US mixed martial arts promotion Bellator Fighting Championships. Fremantle will handle Bellator’s international television rights, as well as global licensing, digital and ancillary rights.
Mixed Martial Arts: US cable and satellite channel HDNet agreed a multi-year deal with programme distributor Content Television for coverage of promoter British Association of Mixed Martial Arts. Live coverage will begin on December 10 with the Bamma 8 event.
Motorsport: Pan-European motorsport channel Motors TV acquired rights for live coverage of the final two rounds of this season’s CEV Buckler Spanish Championship motorcycling series.
Motorsport: Indian pay-television broadcaster Ten Sports acquired rights for the i1 Super Series, a new league-based motor racing competition. The series will operate on a franchise format, with nine teams representing Indian cities competing in 12 races across India, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. The first race is in January 2012.
Motorsport: US network NBC acquired rights for the 2012 AMA Motocross Championship. The network will show 14 hours of live coverage and 10 hours of delayed coverage on its sports channels.
Rugby Union: US Asian-focused sports broadcaster One World Sports acquired rights for Japan’s Top League Rugby in a deal with the World Sport Group agency. The network will show one match per week in the 2011-12 season. Coverage begins on November 2 and concludes in January 2012.
US College Sport: The Pacific-12 Conference bought back some of its rights from the IMG College and Learfield Sport agencies in a deal worth $15m (€10.9m) per year, according to SportsBusiness Daily. The agreement covers the rights to games not televised by broadcast partners Fox and ESPN. Pac-12 will exploit the rights on its own national and regional channel network.
US College Sport: The Hockey East Association, a conference covering ice hockey competitions, agreed two US rights deals. It agreed a multi-year deal with the NBC network and extended its deal with regional sports broadcaster the New England Sports Network for four years, from 2011-12 to 2014-15.
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