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Six Nations Rugby, the organising body of the annual national team tournament, has paused the sales process for the next cycle of domestic and international rights to the Six Nations and Autumn Internationals due to the widespread uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The French Swimming Federation (FFN) has carved out domestic free-to-air rights for 2020 and 2021 in a departure from the previous cycle. But the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced significant uncertainty over how the rights-holder’s new broadcasting contracts will operate.

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The European Broadcasting Union paid a slight fee increase to renew its global rights to European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) events for the 2021-24 cycle.

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Agency Pitch International did not face serious competition in the English FA’s tender for international Women’s Super League media rights, SportBusiness Media understands.

Disney’s decision to refocus Star India’s Hotstar OTT platform on its domestic market paved the way for the return of Indian Premier League cricket rights in the UK to pay-television broadcaster Sky.

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Channel 5’s free-to-air highlights deal with World Wrestling Entertainment will run for the same four-year period as WWE’s primary UK broadcast contract with BT Sport, SportBusiness Media understands.

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The rescheduling of European Handball Federation Champions League matches to midweek is proving a sticking point in Infront’s efforts to negotiate a new rights round in France, SportBusiness Media understands. 

French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus and Formula One Management activated an option to extend their F1 rights agreement by two years, to the end of 2022, SportBusiness Media understands.