Richard Welbirg

USA

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.
USA

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.

Indian television experts have questioned the viability of pay-television channel DSport – a partnership between Discovery Communications and Indian broadcast executive RC Venkateish which launched in India last week – in its current form.

Striking a digital rights deal is thought to have helped Tennis Australia earn a large increase in Japan for the 2017 Australian Open.

Deals struck last month with Mexican clubs León and Pachuca have strengthened media group Imagen and further weakened the former duopoly over Liga MX rights.

Team Marketing, Uefa’s sales agent for the Champions League and Europa League, is in final negotiations with one party – believed to be the Desports agency – over rights in China.

Agency Lagardère Sports has paid a slight increase to acquire international rights to Concacaf events.

Cricket Australia will earn about A$65,000 (€46,000/$49,000) per season from free-to-air deals struck in Fiji and Papua New Guinea late last year.

Football Federation Australia’s new domestic deal for top-tier A-League rights has succeeded in squeezing a good increase from an uncompetitive landscape.

Argentina’s Primera División is beset by uncertainty as a leaderless football association – its government funding withdrawn and a new season imminent – fields offers for its media rights and searches for a new president.