Richard Welbirg

Fox Sports Latin America and ESPN International were forced to increase their fee for the Uefa Champions League and Europa League pay-television rights in Latin America this month to see off aggressive rival bids from Qatari-owned broadcaster beIN Sports and Spanish telco Telefónica.

Indian pay-television operator Sony Six is understood to have paid only a nominal sum to acquire the rights in the Indian subcontinent to the inaugural Champions Tennis League, the franchise-based tournament founded by former Indian player Vijay Amritraj.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has paid a significantly increased fee to hold on to New Zealand’s domestic cricket rights, facing one rival bidder and the threat of new market entrants.

Growing anticipation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro helped Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports, to seal an increase in the value of its Brazilian rights in an eight-year deal with pay-television broadcaster Globosat.

The Mediapro agency has acquired the domestic and international media rights to 39 of the 42 clubs from the Primera Liga and Segunda Liga, the top two divisions of Spanish club football, in one season-deals for the 2015-16 season.

Indian pay-television channel Sony Six is thought to have faced no competition when agreeing a one-year extension to its rights deal for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition.

Pay-television broadcaster Star India asked for a delay to the start of the Indian Super League because of internal issues with the franchise football tournament, not, as widely reported, to avoid a clash with the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament.

The United States Golf Association was able to use the competition, or the threat of it, in the UK pay-television market to secure a strong increase in value of the rights to the US Open.

Uefa achieved another big increase in the value of its Champions and Europa League rights in the Indian subcontinent in its renewal earlier this month with incumbent rights-holder Ten Sports.

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven is paying a high price in its deal for the Olympic Games of 2016, 2018 and 2020, local media-rights experts say, but the broadcaster will view the deal as a good investment for a number of reasons.

The International Olympic Committee and the Japan Consortium of broadcasters, which this month acquired exclusive Japanese rights to the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024, are both likely to be happy with the deal, local experts say.

Formula One has earned a significant increase in its rights value in Canada thanks to intense competition between pay-television broadcasters.