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NHK attempts to reduce share of costs fiercely resisted

Deal between Fifa, football’s world governing body, and the Dentsu agency for World Cup television rights

Commonwealth Games:  UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the rights to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in a deal with the Fastrack agency, which is selling the rights on behalf of the organisers.

Cricket:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan was awarded the domestic rights to the upcoming India v Pakistan series by the Madras High Court, which was ruling on the case brought by Indian broadcaster Zee Telefilms.

The International Tennis Federation has signed several television rights deals in Asia for Davis and Fed Cup tennis.

The International Olympic Committee is hoping for a huge jump in television rights-fees from Korea for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics.

Asian Games:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan acquired the exclusive rights in India for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, paying $400,000 (£215,000/€313,000), an increase of $50,000 on what it paid for the previous Games.

Olympics:  The Bell Globemedia-Rogers Communications consortium won the Canadian rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics

Row over Indian cricket board’s television rights took a further twist this week

Golf: US network NBC signed a six-year extension to its deal with the US Golf Association which gives it the live rights for the US Open, one of golf’s four Majors.

China will for the first time be pushed to pay proper money for the Olympic Games of 2010 and 2012 by IOC option.

Neo TV forced to share rights for India matches with Doordarshan

Indian Supreme Court’s ruling fiercely critical of board’s presidential elections

Zee commits to launch of Zee Sports

The government wants to introduce listed-events legislation

Low offer by state broadcaster

Doordarshan looks set to win the exclusive television rights for Pakistan cricket tour

Public-service broadcaster MediaCorp agreed to pay its share of rights fees for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, two days into the event.

Yahoo and Microsoft’s MSN are hoping to make a big move into cricket in a bid to target a worldwide Asian audience.