Richard Welbirg

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Argentina’s Primera División is beset by uncertainty as a leaderless football association – its government funding withdrawn and a new season imminent – fields offers for its media rights and searches for a new president.

Ecuador’s football federation and its government have reached an agreement that will ensure the existing contract for the country’s domestic league will run to the end of its term in 2017.

An unsolicited Esporte Interativo offer drove media group Globo to more than treble its fee for domestic Copa do Brasil rights in a deal with the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol.

Astro’s renewed deal with the Badminton Association of Malaysia will see the telco invest much more in promotion but is largely unchanged in cash terms.

Dutch commercial broadcaster RTL paid close to a three-fold increase to strike a long-term deal for Professional Darts Corporation rights in the Netherlands.