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Football: Fifa, football’s world governing body, agreed deals with pan-European broadcaster Eurosport and US network Fox for rights to the Club World Cup.

Fifa maintains free-to-air commitments for 2018-2022; Five markets, but no rights, carved out of European tender

American Football: The NFL Network, the pay-television broadcaster owned by the NFL, agreed a content deal with Outcast, operators of a petrol station digital TV network with 12,000 screens in stations…

FA set for 50% boost...Spo TV ousts incumbents in Korea...Euroleague on the up...Pacquiao ppv numbers...Box Nation gets encryption deal

Brazil deals help Uefa achieve big increase in the Americas

Basketball: UK pay-television channel ESPN extended its rights for the Euroleague to cover the 2011-12 season in a deal with the league

Football: Fifa, football’s world governing body, agreed deals in the US, Canada, selected territories in Asia and Australia for its events covering the period 2015 to 2022 (see story this issue).

Fees double across Asia, Australia, the US, Canada, the Middle East and Latin American territories

Ice Hockey: Regional sports channel Fox Sports Florida agreed a multi-year extension to its rights agreement with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. The new deal begins in the 2012-13 season.

Basketball: US Asian-focused sports network One World Sports acquired exclusive rights for Chinese basketball’s top-tier league, the CBA, in a multi-year deal with the Infront Sports & Media agency, m…

Action Sports: Apparent Gravity Media, the US-based distributor of action sports and motorsports, agreed a number of deals for the Dew Action Sports Tour and the AMA Motocross Championship series

Football: Qatar-based satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera acquired the

Athletics: The International Association of Athletics Federations secured deals for the 2011 World Championships and other events in the Netherlands, Iceland, Russia, Switzerland, Serbia, Albania, Croatia…

Al Jazeera buys top football rights to enter US market

WTA deal with Perform has industry asking: is this a game-changer or a one-off?

Rugby Union: Canadian sports broadcaster TSN acquired the rights for the 2011 and 2015 editions of the Rugby World Cup in a deal with Rugby World Cup Limited, the event rights-holder

Football: Benfica TV, the club channel of Portuguese Liga club Benfica, acquired rights for 180 matches featuring a range of clubs and national teams taking place between now and December 2011

Olympic Games: The International Olympic Committee agreed media-rights deals in France, Germany and Korea for the Olympic Games (see story this issue)