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Interview with George Barrios, WWE’s chief strategy and financial officer, on the promotion’s media-rights deal with digital operator PPTV in China.

New Chinese OTT player Baofeng Sports’ first move in the sports sector was to acquire rights to the Chinese Super League.

Chinese OTT player PPTV pulled out of its deal for French Open tennis rights shortly before this year’s tournament began, TV Sports Markets understands.

The International Basketball Federation’s (Fiba) deal with Chinese digital company Tencent is thought to be its largest ever on a per-annum basis.

The International Table Tennis Federation awarded its rights in China to sports marketing company Seca as it believes it is the best partner to ease ITTF content into the Chinese digital market.

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

Behind Le Sports’s huge Chinese Super League deal is a partnership that could shift the competitive balance of the Chinese digital market.

ESPN’s partnership with Chinese internet company Tencent last month is the latest stage in the broadcaster’s evolution into a global digital player

Major League Baseball’s three-year deal with Chinese internet operator Le Sports guarantees the league extensive coverage in China for the first time.

The Chinese digital market’s seemingly never-ending growth boosted another property last month, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship agreed a lucrative deal with PPTV Sports.

The Chinese government has intervened in the sale of media rights to the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups in the country, ensuring a deal will eventually be struck with state broadcaster CCTV.

The ATP World Tour earned hugely improved terms in new deals covering China and India this month.

Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi made an aggressive move into sport this month, acquiring digital rights in major deals with the PGA Tour and the Women’s Tennis Association.

The Asian Football Confederation will enjoy a huge increase in the value of its rights in China in its new deal with Le Sports.

China Sports Media’s huge deal with the Chinese Super League is a gamble on the expansion of the country’s digital rights market and the government’s plans to build football into a major national sport.