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Tech giant Amazon’s acquisition of UK rights to the Autumn Nations Cup competition has triggered a debate over whether the company will now embark upon a concerted push into rugby.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky renewed its NFL media-rights deal in the UK and Ireland at an unchanged fee, SportBusiness Media understands.

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Dutch telco Ziggo has secured another fee reduction in its latest renewal of Spanish LaLiga rights amid a lack of competition in the market.

Canal Plus and the European Tour renewed their deal in France for a mammoth eight years in what is seen as an attempt by the broadcaster to fend off the potential threat of Discovery’s GolfTV channel.

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Belgium’s Pro League saw a sizeable uplift in the value of its international betting streaming rights in its deal with sports data and technology company Stats Perform for the 2020-25 cycle.

Canal Plus has paid an uplift to renew its rights to France’s Championnat National, the third tier of club football in the country, for another four seasons.

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) managed to secure a fairly robust fee for the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa from L’Equipe TV in France, despite a lost season following the abortive sale of the rights to a previously unknown agency.

The British & Irish Lions touring side maintained the value of its media rights in the UK and Ireland in a deal with pay-television broadcaster Sky for next year’s tour of South Africa.