Frank Dunne

• League has brought in consultants Alvarez & Marsal to advise on OTT platform • New distribution strategy will be in place for the next rights cycle, from 2022-23 season • B

MP & Silva wound up owing hundreds of millions of dollars to sports bodies Creditors include Fifa, Uefa, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and F1 I

England’s Premier League secured a modest increase in the value of its rights in Italy in this week’s deal with incumbent rights-holder Sky Italia.

• IMG has secured big increases in most major markets for Serie A but is still likely to lose money • Agency was given discount for favouring visibility over price in US in ESPN / beIN face-off • O

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV is in discussions to renew rights to three of its most important football properties: the Uefa Champions League, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.

The market is about to give its verdict on the Canadian Soccer Association’s ambitious plans for developing the sport, which include the creation of a new commercial arm (Canadian Soccer Business) and the April 2019 launch of a new professional league (the Canadian Premier League).

The IMG agency is expected to sell rights to Major League Soccer across Europe on a market-by-market basis from next season following Eurosport’s decision not to renew its deal for the next four-year c…

Italian state broadcaster Rai acquired extensive free-to-air television highlights and radio rights to the country’s second football division, Lega B, for the next three seasons, 2018-19 to 2020-21, i…

Pay-television platform Sky Italia and Perform Group’s OTT service DAZN will probably both be happy with the outcome of an intense period of rights negotiations in Italy.

The MP & Silva board is to hold an emergency meeting in London early next week to discuss the agency’s future after inaction at ownership level for several months has plunged it into a state of paralysis and led it to miss payments to rights-holders.