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The Plan B Media agency is in talks with multiple broadcasters in Thailand to sublicense the Tokyo 2020 Olympics rights, which it acquired from the Japan-based Dentsu agency in a surprise move this summer.

The Football Association of Thailand and its media-rights sales adviser, the Octagon agency, expect a competitive market to deliver a revenue increase of over a third in their forthcoming tender for domestic and international rights to club and home-fixture national team events for the 2021-28 cycle.

Filipino pay-television broadcaster Solar Entertainment Corporation withdrew from talks to renew its long-held rights to the National Basketball Association last week after deciding the property had become too expensive, SportBusiness Media understands.

DAZN has sublicensed its rights to Spanish football’s LaLiga in Vietnam to local pay-television broadcaster SCTV from 2019-20 to 2022-23, substantially cutting its losses on the property after postponing plans to launch an OTT service in Southeast Asia. 

Indonesian media company Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek) has agreed a two-season deal with Uefa for Champions League and Europa League rights, which became available after the collapse of the rights-holder’s deal with the Futbal Momentum Asia agency.

Indonesian media company Mola TV has acquired OTT rights for all matches from Uefa Euro 2020

The Japan Consortium, which includes public-service broadcaster NHK and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association (JBA), has extended its Olympic Games rights deal until the 2032 summer Olympics
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South African cricket competition the Mzansi Super League T20 has announced Sony Pictures Networks India as its media rights partner in the Indian subcontinent

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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.

Chinese social media giant Tencent saw off competition from rival streaming player Youku Tudou to retain the NBA’s digital rights in the country for the 2020-25 cycle at a record-breaking fee, underscoring the strong growth in China’s streaming market in recent years.

Fox Sports Asia’s desire to reduce its spend on rights to The Open in Asia-Pacific opened the door for OTT platform GolfTV to grab non-exclusive rights alongside the pay-television broadcaster.

South Korean pay-television broadcaster JTBC’s recent acquisition of Olympics Games rights has jolted the country’s sluggish sports media rights market and delivered an unexpectedly strong fee increase for the International Olympic Committee.

Mola TV, the new entrant to Indonesia’s sports broadcasting market, is employing a novel strategy straddling pay-television, free-to-air and digital distribution channels to exploit the Premier League rights it has acquired for the upcoming 2019-22 cycle.

The value of rights in Vietnam for the Uefa European Championship increased by over 40 per cent in the latest deal with the incumbent public-service broadcaster VTV, covering the 2020 tournament, which is held every four years.

After two failed negotiations in an uncompetitive environment, the English Premier League has completed a deal in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos with pay-television broadcaster TrueVisions that will see the value of its rights halve.

Spanish football’s LaLiga extended its rights deal in China with Wuhan DDMC Culture in May without going to market, where it would have faced a tough task maintaining its income, SportBusiness Media understands. The Chinese rights market has cooled since the previous deal was agreed, and DDMC is thought to be paying the league a strong rights fee.

Indian pay-television broadcaster Star is close to renewing its rights for the English Premier League at a discount, having faced little competition in the auction, SportBusiness Media understands.

South Korea can be added to the list of Asian markets where English Premier League rights have fallen in value in the 2019-20 to 2021-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media has learned.

Uefa’s national-team rights revenue in Japan is set to shrink in the 2018-19 to 2021-22 cycle, covering Euro 2020, with demand hit by next year’s Tokyo Olympics and last year’s collapse of the MP & Silva agency.

The collapse of Telekom Malaysia’s deal for domestic football rights is part of a politically-driven restructuring at the government-linked telco that has seen it exit the entire sports rights market, local industry experts say.

English Premier League rights are set to fall in value in yet more Asian markets, with weak competition triggering a 32 per cent drop in the value of its rights in Japan and the Philippines.

The International Olympic Committee has seen its Olympic Games rights fee fall in the Indian subcontinent, driven by the long consolidation in the country’s pay-television market.

The English Premier League has avoided a dramatic decrease in the value of its rights in Vietnam after media group Canal Plus swooped in following the collapse of talks between the league and social media giant Facebook.

The Dentsu agency got off to a good start in its 2020 and 2022 Olympics rights sales in Southeast Asia, striking a deal in Singapore that delivered a fee increase and avoided a repeat of the fraught negotiations for Rio 2016.

The value of English Premier League rights has fallen significantly in Singapore and declined once again in Malaysia with each country’s incumbent rights-holder needing to cut costs internally and facing little external competition.

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.