Reginald Ajuonuma

Uefa’s Europa League revenue in France will fall in the 2021-24 cycle given limited interest in the property in the wake of the fierce contest for rights to the top-tier Champions League.

Dutch public broadcaster NOS increased its fee to retain rights to International Skating Union events in the Netherlands for the 2019-23 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Sky achieved its long-held ambition of exclusive live coverage of the US Masters in the UK because its co-incumbent, the BBC, decided live golf is no longer a strategic priority.

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Tomos Grace discusses the company’s three-pronged strategy, its role as a ‘free-funnel’ for rights-holders, and its plans to develop its ‘pay’ and ‘live’ offers.

Premier League club Liverpool’s decision to launch ‘paid-for’ content options on global video-sharing platform YouTube is a taster of how the platform will develop its sports-broadcasting partnerships.

TF1 and M6’s joint acquisition of Euro 2020 free-to-air rights was struck at a similar per-match fee as the one they paid for the last comparable edition of the tournament, in 2012.

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Mediapro’s accusation of impropriety in the Uefa Champions League tender process in France has cast a cloud over a record rights-fee outcome for Uefa in the country. But the agency’s threat to take Uefa to court may not be credible, industry experts told SportBusiness Media.

RTBF’s Olympic sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery was delayed by the Belgian broadcaster’s determination not to exceed the amount it committed to the European Broadcasting Union’s failed attempt to acquire the property, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Basketball Champions League has suffered a setback in France despite retaining exposure in a two-season renewal of its deal with pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus, SportBusinessMedia understands.

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