Analysis

Uefa has significantly increased the value of its national team rights in Austria from 2022-23, capitalising on fierce competition between ORF and Servus TV as the latter continues its sports-rights push.

The value of the rights to second- and third-tier properties in Italy is enjoying a mini-boom in the wake of DAZN’s acquisition in March of the main live rights to Serie A for the next three seasons. Faced with the loss of its key property, Sky is fighting back, renewing deals with MotoGP and the Bundesliga and snatching rights currently held by DAZN, such as Serie B and Ligue 1.

Super League’s protracted domestic sales process ended in a sharp headline rights fee decline for the rugby league competition for the next two years, SportBusiness Media understands.

Brazilian media group Globo is close to agreeing a deal for rights to the bulk package of South American Fifa World Cup qualifiers it does not already hold, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Chinese Super League is heading for a massive drop in its domestic media-rights income under a series of deals being finalised for the 2021 season onward.

The value of Uefa club competitions in Cyprus will stay steady in the upcoming three-season cycle as incumbent Cyta retained exclusive rights in the country.

Pro Kabaddi League team owners are unhappy with the result of the tender for global media rights to the league, won by Disney-owned Star India last month, despite more than doubling their income.

The new three-year deals, from 2022-23 to 2024-25, would replicate the current three-year deals, from 2019-20 to 2021-22. This includes the duration, the fee and the number of matches.

The International Skating Union has secured a modest fee increase for its global media rights from 2023-24, renewing with incumbent Infront in a deal signed this month.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has massively increased the value of its media rights in France thanks to a renewal with pay-television broadcaster RMC Sport.

Prior to the project's collapse, the 12 founding members of the European Super League Company believed they could earn €4bn ($4.82bn) per season from media and marketing rights.

The IPFL has stopped short of making history with an exclusive D2C offering after Charlton came forward with a bid that matched the reserve price set in the initial tender process.

TrillerNet’s acquisition of the platform came as no surprise to boxing industry insiders, who had suspected a deal was on the cards immediately after the Tyson fight.
USA

The NFL has shown that a little flexibility goes a long way in the US, securing like-for-like growth of about 80-per-cent by allowing partners to use the NFL as a central pillar of their respective streaming platforms.

Infront has won international media rights to the Italian Serie A by the tightest of margins, bidding €1m per season more than its closest challenger, Kosmos.

Infront will pay a strong increase for rights to the Flanders Classics and Amstel Gold cycling races in a long-term global media-rights deal with the race organisers, SportBusiness Media understands.

The rivalry between United Media and Telekom Srbija is having dramatic effects on the sports broadcasting landscape in the Balkans and beyond.