Frank Dunne

A consortium of major rights-holders is about to launch legal action in the Saudi courts against the beoutQ pirate broadcast operation, which the rights-holders believe is backed by the Saudi government., SportBusiness Media understands.

The International Table Tennis Federation is set to become the latest governing body to abandon multiple short-term deals for its commercial rights in favour of a long-term strategic partnership, as it looks to at least double its commercial rights income by 2024.

Dubai-based free-to-air broadcaster MBC’s acquisition of Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa could trigger a shake-up in the regional rights market, which could lead to MBC’s backer, Saudi Arabia, becoming a legitimate player.

Italy remains the only one of Europe’s big five television markets where Fifa has yet to sell the rights to the 2022 World Cup, but world football’s governing body is understood to be in no hurry to come to market and there are several reasons why it makes sense to wait.

Mediapro’s February deal with Canadian Soccer Business involves a moderate degree of financial risk for the Spanish company but the potential gains are substantial.

BeIN Media Group’s public statement on February 8 that it had dropped Formula One because of the rights-holder’s inaction over the threat posed by the Saudi beoutQ pirate service has caused widespread concern among rights-holders. But it may not be enough to push them into legal action against beoutQ.

Italy’s second-tier football division, Serie B, is in talks with three agencies over its international media rights and expects to close a deal in the coming weeks, but exposure rather than revenue will b…

A lack of regional competition is weighing on the Asian Football Confederation’s prospects this year for securing a significant uplift in Middle East and North Africa media rights revenues in the 2021 t…

The Mediapro agency faces a challenge to refinance its investment in the media rights in Spain to the 2022 Fifa World Cup