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Winnie Chan discusses the latest Malaysian Football League domestic media and sponsorship rights deals and the challenges the league has faced, and the action it is taking to overcome them.

Niklas Carlsson discusses the IBU’s latest media-rights agreement with the European Broadcasting Union, which potentially extends to 2030, and what this will mean for the governing body going forward.

Tomos Grace discusses the company’s three-pronged strategy, its role as a ‘free-funnel’ for rights-holders, and its plans to develop its ‘pay’ and ‘live’ offers.

Paul Rehrig, general manager, Eurosport Digital, talks about Discovery’s deal with Twitter for coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Ryan Fenton discusses FloSports’ acquisition of Tour de France rights in Canada as well as the OTT platform’s wider cycling strategy.

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Ewell Zhao talks about Tencent’s rights renewal with the NBA, its method for valuing sports media rights and the future of the Chinese sports video streaming industry.

Arne Rees talks about the Bundesliga's New York office, fandom in the Americas, and how the league is positioning itself in the region.

Robert Klein talks about the ongoing international media-rights sales process for the Bundesliga, the US market, and 'football as it's meant to be'.

Peter Hutton talks about Facebook Watch's recent performance, partnership agreements, and the ‘experimental’ purpose of its traditional rights deals.
USA

Bob Williams speaks to Lucy Rutishauser, Sinclair Broadcast Group's chief financial officer, about the network's purchase of the Fox regional sports networks

The MyCujoo chief executive explains how his company sees its opportunity in lower-tier rights, playing communities and white-label streaming solutions.
USA

Bob Williams speaks to Chris Benyarko, the NBA's senior vice-president of direct to consumer, about the league's manifold micro-payments initiatives.

After a year in which there have been some aggressive new players, a high-profile agency collapse, a massive state-run piracy scandal and continuing question marks about the future of traditional pay-TV operators, Frank Dunne talks to media-rights consultant Phil Lines about the forces shaping the industry and what is in store for 2019.

2018 was the year Facebook got serious about buying live sports rights. Frank Dunne talks to Peter Hutton, Facebook’s director of global live sports partnerships and programming, about the thinking behind those deals and the social media platform’s ambitions for live sport in 2019

Frank Dunne talks to Patrick Murphy, chief executive of DDMC Fortis, on the agency’s deal for the global commercial rights to the competitions of the Asian Football Confederation. The long-form agreement was signed on October 29.

Interview with Manel Arroyo, managing director at Dorna Sports, and Pilar Gancedo, director of media sales at Dorna Sports, about MotoGP's new deal with DAZN in Spain

Interview with Dan Markham and Cameron Andrews, respectively executive director of sports content and anti-piracy counsel for beIN Media Group, about the ongoing piracy of beIN by the beoutQ service

Interview with Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Eleven Sports, on the reasons behind the broadcaster's decision to break the UK's '3pm' blackout rule

Interview with Kim Mikkelsen, SVP group head of sports at Nordic Entertainment Group, about the company’s host of media-rights deals in recent weeks, including English Premier League, Formula One, International Handball Federation and European Handball Federation agreements.

Interview with Didier Quillot, chief executive of the Ligue de Football Professionnel, about the league’s new domestic media-rights deals for Ligue 1, from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

Interview with Frank Arthofer, Formula One’s director of digital, licensing and new business, about the forthcoming launch of F1 TV Pro and F1 TV Access, the championship’s own OTT services.

Arthur Wei talks to TV Sports Markets about Sina's change in strategy and how staging its own mass-participation events can help it survive in the Chinese market.