Social media company Facebook has beaten an incumbent pay-television broadcaster to media rights of a flagship property for the first time, TV Sports Markets understands.
Uefa enjoyed differing levels of success in the sales of its club competition rights in France and Southeast Asia last month. The outcome points to a cooling of the French market but suggests there is still margin for substantial growth in several major Asian territories.
Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports has acquired the rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League club competitions in Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for the three seasons covering 2015-16 to 2017-18.
Cambodian free-to-air broadcaster CTN has acquired the exclusive free-to-air and pay-television rights to the 2014 Fifa World Cup football tournament, according to the Phnom Penh Post newspaper.
CAA Eleven will launch a tender for the media rights to the European qualifiers for Euro 2016 and the 2018 Fifa World Cup in six Asian markets on June 4.
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