Richard Welbirg

Digital rights to Thursday Night Football will again be a test bed for the NFL and a new entrant in 2017, after Amazon acquired the package won by Twitter last year.

Lagardère Sports has more than doubled its fee to renew its commercial rights to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Football Federation’s biennial national team tournament.

Streaming platform PPTV’s acquisition of Bundesliga digital rights in China last month secures its position as the country’s pre-eminent football broadcaster.

New Zealand’s uncompetitive media-rights market made life difficult for IMG’s sale of Rugby League World Cup rights.

The Chinese Basketball Association has ended its media-rights relationship with the Infront Sports & Media agency and will launch a sales process for a new deal.

Intervention from Grupo Clarín and Torneos helped ensure the joint bid from Fox and Turner won rights to Argentina’s Primera División.
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Acquiring the distribution infrastructure of One World Sports was an opportunistic move to get into the US media-rights market with a “headstart”, according to Eleven Sports Network executive chairman Marc Watson.

Agency Tenfield is understood to have struck a deal in principle for global rights to Ecuador’s domestic football competitions.
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Interview with Marc Watson, executive chairman of Eleven Sports Networks, about the channel's launch in the US on the back of acquiring One World Sports’ distribution assets.
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Uefa will imminently finalise club competition deals for the 2018-19 to 2020-21 cycle in China, Japan and the US.

Chinese retail giant Suning’s sporting subsidiaries are filling gaps in the country’s media-rights market left by the retreat of streaming operator LeSports.

Lagardère Sports and Mediapro deals illustrate the inroads international agencies continue to make in the Latin American sports-rights market.