Alex Taylor

Greek pay-television broadcaster Nova has sharply increased its fees to Super League One club Panathinaikos to avoid losing the rights to the side’s home matches in the coming 2020-21 season.

The value of Copa Libertadores free-to-air rights in Brazil has halved in commercial broadcaster SBT’s deal following media group Globo’s vacation of the rights in the country.

Lega Basket, the governing body of top tier Italian basketball, saw its domestic pay-television media-rights income growth slow considerably in the 2020-22 rights round, driven by a significantly less competitive market.

The Portuguese arm of pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports has only slightly raised its per-season outlay on Spanish LaLiga rights, for the 2021-24 cycle, with the property looking to have hit a ceiling in the territory.

IMG Arena has maintained its outlay on betting streaming rights to the top tier of Brazilian domestic basketball in a six-year renewal of the property.

Israeli pay-television broadcaster The Sports Channel’s latest renewal with the National Basketball Association saw it double its expenditure on a property with which it has become synonymous.

LaLiga, the governing body of the top two tiers of Spanish football, has seen an increase in value of about 12.5 per cent after closing out its sub-Saharan African rights cycle.

The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia’s (CNMC) decision to extend telco Telefónica’s content-sharing requirement until at least 2023 will limit the extent of the telco’s Spanish market dominance. But many of its rivals are still calling for a comprehensive review into the telco’s position.

OTT platform DAZN’s decision to sublicense a pair of MotoGP Grands Prix to Spanish public-service broadcaster RTVE will go some way to recovering subscribers who left its service in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.
USA

US broadcaster Fox elected to walk away from its rights to US Golf Association events to free up funds for properties more fitting its portfolio, market experts have told SportBusiness Media.

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.