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Three big deals by telco China Mobile have raised cautious hopes for competition in the Chinese rights market after a dreadful 2020.

The Infront agency has called into question the value for sports bodies of entering partnerships with private equity companies, arguing that such deals result in a “loss of control”.

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has taken advantage of the stronger advertising opportunities offered by the winter scheduling of the 2022 World Cup in its rights sale to the Telesport marketing agency in Russia.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Latin America.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Latin America.

Finnish public-service broadcaster YLE and commercial and pay-television broadcaster MTV3 have acquired rights in the Nordic country to the 2026 Fifa World Cup

TV4 Media, the Telia-owned broadcasting company that operates Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4, and Swedish public-service broadcaster SVT have acquired rights to the 2026 Fifa World Cup

Danish government-owned broadcaster TV2 and public-service broadcaster DR have added to their recent high-profile rights acquisitions in a deal to show the 2026 Fifa World Cup

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) is lining up an appeal against last month’s Federal Criminal Court (TPF) ruling concerning beIN Media Group chairman and Paris Saint-Germain president N…

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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.

The Mediapro agency faces a challenge to refinance its investment in the media rights in Spain to the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Econet closes its African pay-TV platform and agrees repayment schedule with rights-holders Rights-holders affected by closure include the IOC, the NBA, Fifa and Uefa

Fifa has earned an increase in the value of World Cup rights in Finland after the winter scheduling of the 2022 tournament in Qatar sparked competition between the country's commercial broadcasters.

German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF recouped more than €3m ($3.5m) from various sublicensing deals for 2018 Fifa World Cup rights in the country.

The Infront agency has already exceeded its guarantee to Fifa for rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups across Asia with rights to the 2022 tournament still to sell in all but its most-valuable market, China, TV Sports Markets understands.

Fifa will exceed its global media-rights target of $3bn (€2.544bn) for the 2018 men’s World Cup tournament by about six per cent, TV Sports Markets understands.

Kan, the Israeli public-service broadcaster, has tendered rights to 17 Fifa World Cup matches in order to recoup some of its financial outlay on the tournament.

Italian media group Mediaset said this week it expected to make a healthy profit on its acquisition of 2018 Fifa World Cup rights by showing all matches free-to-air.

Spanish commercial broadcaster Mediaset acquired all rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in a deal worth at least 15 per cent less than Fifa earned for 2014.

Rai, Mediaset and Sky were all expected to bid this week for a cut-price 2018 Fifa World Cup. The rights in Italy have plummeted in value since the national team failed to qualify for the tournament, losing a play-off to Sweden.

The Infront Sports & Media agency looks well placed to earn a healthy margin on its World Cup rights across Asia following this month’s deal with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Fifa has earned a surprisingly strong fee for 2018 Fifa World Cup rights in Greece from ERT after taking back the rights from the Taf Sports agency.

Stiff competition for Fifa’s in-flight and in-ship rights drove incumbent partner IMG to double its guaranteed fee in a new deal last month.

The attempt by MP & Silva to terminate a deal with Fifa for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Italy is being challenged by football’s global governing body, just months after the two appeared to have reached a settlement.

The addition of StarTimes to Fifa’s set of 2018 World Cup broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa has significantly increased the governing body’s income from the region.

The Chinese government has intervened in the sale of media rights to the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups in the country, ensuring a deal will eventually be struck with state broadcaster CCTV.