Asia

The Sina Sports division of Chinese internet operator Sina has entered into a multi-year strategic partnership with the Global Poker League.

The International Cricket Council has reported on a number of broadcast and digital records for the 2016 World Twenty20 national team tournament, the first major event produced by its ICC TV division.

Japanese public-service broadcaster NHK has acquired rights for the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s (IFSC) 2016 season.

Filipino media company ABS-CBN has acquired rights for the One Championship mixed martial arts series.

Pay-television broadcaster Star India has formed a dedicated sports division as part of a major organisational overhaul.

The Vietnam Pay Television Association (VNPayTV) has maintained it will not go beyond a 20 per cent increase in the fee for the next set of broadcast rights in the country to football’s English Premier League.

International sports broadcaster Eleven Sports Network has acquired live and exclusive rights in Singapore to the Uefa Euro 2016 national team football tournament.

Golf’s US PGA Tour has doubled its rights fee in the Indian subcontinent after a six-year renewal with Indian pay-television broadcaster Neo Sports.

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), formerly known as Multi Screen Media, will bid to retain rights for the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition when the Board of Control for Cricket in India auctions the rights for 2018 and beyond.

Le Sports, which is operated by Chinese internet company LeEco, has launched a subscription service for its media platform in mainland China, following a similar initiative in Hong Kong.

Chinese sports marketing company Seca has secured exclusive mobile and internet rights in the country to a number of International Table Tennis Federation events after agreeing a partnership with the sport’s global governing body.

Australian Football League club Port Adelaide has struck a rights deal with Chinese state-owned broadcaster CCTV.

Singaporean pay-television broadcaster StarHub has agreed a rights deal for the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Le Sports, which is operated by Chinese internet company LeEco, has been valued at Rmb21.5bn (€2.96bn/$3.3bn) following its latest influx of funding, the company has said.

Chinese sports marketing company Shankai Sports is expected to make a substantial profit on the streaming rights to Uefa properties it acquired last year.

New media player Coliseum has developed into a pan-Asian service and will wind down operations in its home market of New Zealand.

Emerging competition in Japan’s digital sector helped the MP & Silva agency earn significant profit on its deals for England’s Premier League and Spain’s LaLiga.