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The Fédération Française de Handball is struggling to find a free-to-air partner for French national-team matches after carving these rights out of its new deal with beIN Sports, SportBusiness Media understands.

The value of Rugby World Cup rights in Australia has declined sharply after a big increase at their last sale, hit by a strong downturn in interest in rugby union in the territory.

A consortium of major rights-holders is about to launch legal action in the Saudi courts against the beoutQ pirate broadcast operation, which the rights-holders believe is backed by the Saudi government., SportBusiness Media understands.

The International Table Tennis Federation is set to become the latest governing body to abandon multiple short-term deals for its commercial rights in favour of a long-term strategic partnership, as it looks to at least double its commercial rights income by 2024.

A new player has emerged that could shake up the Danish sport-rights market before the upcoming domestic Danish Superliga tender after a subsidiary of the country’s largest telco, TDC Group, sublicensed English Premier League rights from Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group.

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Dubai-based free-to-air broadcaster MBC’s acquisition of Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa could trigger a shake-up in the regional rights market, which could lead to MBC’s backer, Saudi Arabia, becoming a legitimate player.

The Ligue Nationale de Rugby’s desire for greater revenues drove the shift to a minimum guarantee from a pure revenue share in its renewal of the Top 14 international rights distribution contract with Canal Plus.

Italy remains the only one of Europe’s big five television markets where Fifa has yet to sell the rights to the 2022 World Cup, but world football’s governing body is understood to be in no hurry to come to market and there are several reasons why it makes sense to wait.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT will recoup almost a quarter of its investment on the first two years of its deal for Formula One motor racing championship rights in a ‘cash plus content’ sublicensing agreement with pay-television broadcaster Cosmote.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky Sports’ new rights deal for the US PGA Championship is for the five-year period from 2019 to 2023, SportBusiness Media understands. This marks a rebuilding of the long-term partnership between rights-holder and broadcaster that ended in 2016 when Sky refused to meet rights distributor IMG’s valuation of the property.

DAZN has completed its portfolio of rights to English football properties in Spain, adding the FA Cup, English League Cup and the English Football League in deals with the Pitch International agency

Uefa increased the value of its European Championship in Portugal by about 35 per cent last week after delaying the tender process proved successful thanks to the arrival of sports broadcaster Eleven in the country.

Mediapro’s February deal with Canadian Soccer Business involves a moderate degree of financial risk for the Spanish company but the potential gains are substantial.

Brazilian clubs set to vote through bid from SportPromotion worth up to $460m Bid from US fund Prudent worth $80m per year likely to be rejected

International sports broadcaster Eurosport has held on to English Premier League rights in Romania, giving it leverage in upcoming carriage negotiations with local pay-television operators

BeIN Media Group’s public statement on February 8 that it had dropped Formula One because of the rights-holder’s inaction over the threat posed by the Saudi beoutQ pirate service has caused widespread concern among rights-holders. But it may not be enough to push them into legal action against beoutQ.

OSN’s decision to close most of its sports channels will leave a vacuum in the Middle East and North Africa for rights-holders that is unlikely to be filled for some time, experts have told SportBusiness M…

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub has reached a new deal that will give it increased exclusivity over National Hockey League rights in Switzerland from the 2020-21 season

BeIN Media Group has told SportBusiness Media it is in talks with various parties for the domestic free-to-air rights for the Ligue Nationale de Handball competition from 2019 to 2023; one of these parties is understood to be French digital-terrestrial channel L’Équipe TV.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has brought back the Formula One motor racing championship to its platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland after a one-year absence that caused a customer…