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The Tour de Suisse cycling race may be held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it is not certain that the Infront agency, which distributes the media rights to the physical event, will have the rights to the e-cycling equivalent.

Extreme E, the electric SUV off-road racing series, has secured a one-year break clause in a two-year media-rights deal in the UK with public broadcaster the BBC, SportBusiness Media understands.

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The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) secured an uplift for its club-competition betting streaming and data rights in its deal with the IMG Arena agency, but the valuation was still well below the rights-holder’s expectations for the property.

The IMG agency is on the verge of retaining international rights to the Giro d’Italia cycling stage race despite heavy interest from US media giant Discovery, SportBusiness Media understands.

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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.