Alex Taylor

Pay-television broadcaster SuperSport kept its Formula One rights fee steady in its latest renewal covering sub-Saharan Africa. But it has lost some exclusivity in the region with the launch of Formula One’s premium OTT service F1 TV Pro.

Brazilian broadcaster Bandeirantes has agreed a one-year extension to its IndyCar rights, paying a lower per-year and per-race fee for the Covid-truncated 2020 season.
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Major League Baseball has secured a domestic renewal with Turner Sports for the 2022-28 cycle worth over 50 per cent more than the broadcaster’s current outlay. But the league is looking to boost rights revenues further, with plans to significantly expand the postseason.

BeIN Sports’ acquisition of IndyCar rights across the Middle East and North Africa is for just one year, a move designed to see if the property’s fanbase in the region remains after a year without a broadcast deal.

Mediapro’s partnership with sports social media company Wave is aimed at creating a range of short-form content that can help the agency drum up interest in its LigaMX content.

The merger of Fox Sports and ESPN’s Brazilian arms further consolidates the country’s sports broadcast market and could make it even more difficult for international rights-holders to extract value from an already tricky territory.

Brazilian Série A football clubs and the Conferderação Brasileira de Futebol, the nation’s football association, may have learned the lessons of previous doomed tenders by opting for expertise over cash in its betting streaming and data rights deal for the 2020-23 cycle, experts told SportBusiness Media.

The offer Brazilian football clubs accepted for their international rights from the newly-created GSRM agency is much more realistic than the outlandish valuations that characterised previous tenders, experts told SportBusiness Media.

The end of the three-season maximum for LaLiga rights sales in the EU grants the rights-holder greater freedom but also some difficult decisions to make, experts have told SportBusiness Media.

Spanish telco Telefónica, which owns Movistar, has capitalised on a lack of competitive bids to acquire Uefa’s club rights in the 2021-24 cycle.

US pay-television broadcaster Turner Sports’s likely cancelation of its pay-television rights with eight top-flight Brasilieiro Série A clubs could see a collapse in competition in the Brazilian domestic football rights market experts told SportBusiness Media.
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Dorna Sports, the commercial rights-holder of MotoGP, has prioritised exposure over the rights fee in its deal with US network NBC for the 2020-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.