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The surprise emergence of free-to-air broadcaster KBS as a bidder for German Bundesliga rights in South Korea generated some competition during the 2020-22 sales process, but not enough to stave off a dip in value.

Chinese internet giant Tencent picked up the English Premier League rights for the 2020-21 season at a massive discount compared to the value of the terminated deal with previous rights-holder PPTV.

China’s sports media-rights market is in the throes of a major correction, with the OTT platforms that have driven growth in the last five years seeking to renegotiate a string of deals.

The Asian Football Confederation and the Football Marketing Asia agency are to renegotiate the terms of their landmark, $2.4bn (€2bn) global commercial rights contract covering 2021-28, SportBusiness understands.

The value of FA Cup rights in Hong Kong fell again in commercial broadcaster TVB’s deal for the 2020-24 cycle, which followed the collapse of the two prior broadcast agreements in the territory.

The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG) has signed two co-operation agreements with state media company China Media Group

Wrestling entertainment promoter WWE has agreed a media-rights deal in China with video-streaming platform iQiyi Sports beginning September 22

The Taiwanese arm of pan-Asian sports pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports is to shut down before the end of this year

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The German Bundesliga’s strategy of intertwining international media-rights agreements with ancillary brand-building and football development activities has continued in its deal with Indonesian OTT and pay-television platform Mola TV.

Fox Sports Asia is in a challenging series of carriage negotiations in its key markets, with pay-television platforms trying to use the pan-regional broadcaster’s eroded sports portfolio to drive down fees.

The value of NBA rights in the Philippines has fallen sharply due to the withdrawal of two major sports broadcasters, Solar Entertainment and ABS-CBN, from the market.

The Russian Premier League has secured a strong fee from pay-television platform i-Cable for its media rights in Hong Kong.

Indonesian OTT platform Mola TV is scaling back its investment in sports content after concluding it is not delivering value for money. The move is a blow to rights-holders selling into Indonesia as the well-resourced Mola has recently been the source of considerable rights-fee inflation.

The Bundesliga has secured what local experts consider a solid fee in a new deal with the Next Media agency in Vietnam, as well as commitments to joint brand-building and football development projects that the league hopes will build the value of the property.

Robert Klein, CEO, and Kevin Sim, Head of Asia-Pacific, at Bundesliga International explain the German football league’s approach to the first two media-rights deals of its new sales cycle in Asia, in Japan and Vietnam.

Japanese pay-television broadcaster Sky PerfecTV has renewed its German Bundesliga rights at a small discount, in a deal covering the five seasons from 2020-21 to 2024-25, SportBusiness Media understands.

Vietnam’s hot market for national-team football rights helped Lagardère Sports secure an increase in the value of rights in the country for the 2020 Asean Football Federation Championship.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Southeast Asia

While over-the-top broadcasting platforms are increasing in popularity internationally, their growth in Asia has been restrained by challenges around pricing, piracy, and payments.

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

Indian pay-television broadcaster Star is poised to strengthen its grip on cricket broadcasting in the subcontinent by beating incumbent Sony to the rights for Cricket South Africa content.

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.

The value of the Malaysia Football League’s domestic media and sponsorship rights have dropped significantly in the latest deal with Telekom Malaysia after two previous rights rounds of inflated valuations and, ultimately, collapsed deals.

The emergence of a ‘digital consortium’ to rival the long-standing Korea Pool of free-to-air broadcasters led the Korea Baseball Organisation to record-breaking rights income for its new cycle in the most recently concluded deals. But local industry experts see the digital consortium (DC) deal as a one-off and do not expect it to become a major player in the sports media-rights market.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s media-rights income from the Indian subcontinent has increased about 80 per cent in a deal being finalised with pay-television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks, SportBusiness Media understands.

Indian online sports media platform FanCode is launching a subscription video product this year, built on content not currently covered by Indian broadcasters.

The Korea Football Association is finalising a deal with pay-television broadcaster JTBC for domestic K-League media rights for the 2020-23 cycle, but men’s senior national-team matches remain on the market after a lacklustre response to a tender held in January.