Frank Dunne

Talks were underway this week between CAF and beIN Media Group to find a resolution to their contract dispute, following the former’s decision to cancel its 12-year, $415m deal with the broadcaster.

Experts in the betting and data rights markets point to at least three reasons why Italy’s Serie A can expect a large increase in its income from these rights in the next cycle, with one predicting the value would “at least double”.

Viaplay’s financial crisis may represent a low-cost opportunity to scale quickly for other expansionist media groups, but the costs the company took on to drive its expansion over the last six years could deter many potential buyers.

The Confederation of African Football has opted for a slimmed-down, eight-team version of the African Football League after expected funding from the Saudi Arabian Football Federation failed to materialise.

Fifa is targeting commercial revenues of $1.5bn to $2bn from the expanded, 32-team Club World Cup in 2025, with media rights expected to account for about half of that.

The ITF has appointed Pitch International and Two Circles to handle any as-yet unsold commercial rights to this year’s Davis Cup, as the fallout from the terminated Kosmos deal continues.

The Saudi Pro League has approached a small number of sports marketing agencies and asked them to bid for a one-year contract to distribute its international rights, SportBusiness Media understands.

Lega Serie A’s invitation to tender for domestic live media rights from the 2024-25 season contains multiple innovations as it aims to hit its minimum target of €1bn per season.

Sports rights-holders often have little to no idea about the origin of the money they are accepting from private equity funds, a new 90-page SportBusiness report has found.

DAZN is thought to have bid significantly higher than incumbent OverTier for global distribution rights to Game Pass, though the NFL says user experience, tech, footprint and marketing were decisive factors.