China

IMG, recenlty on the acquisition trail itself, could be a future target for French media group

Efforts to achieve market price for rights opposed by Chinese government, national Olympic committee and state broadcaster

Pay-television newcomers Setanta in the UK and Arena in Germany are bidding strongly for US golf rights against the established pay-operators in their countries.

Athletics: The Dentsu agency, acting on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations, brokered three-year deals with broadcasters in China, Korea and New Zealand covering the 2007 and…

Rights fee trebles, still falls short of asking price

Anxious wait to see whether state broadcaster CCTV will finally pay market rates

Football: Free-to-air broadcasters HRT (Croatia), RUV (Iceland) and TV3 (Slovenia), acquired exclusive live rights to all 31 matches of Euro 2008 in deals with the Sportfive agency, which is marketing…

Competition between PCCW and i-Cable results in near-tripling of rights fees

Ice hockey:  Finnish ice-hockey’s domestic SM-liiga signed a three-year joint-deal with pay-television operator Canal Plus Nordic and free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nelonen worth about €3.7m (£2.5m) a

The IOC will also start separate talks this spring in Hong Kong, a rights territory which, like China, has been treated as part of the ABU deal until now

Separate deal to be agreed with China for the first time for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics

Top markets may be carved out from European television-rights deal for 2014 and 2016 Olympics

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

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.

The joint venture of Dentsu and Infront will be banking heavily on getting good revenue from China.

Football: The German Football League awarded the rights for the Bundesliga in several three-year deals covering 2006-07 to 2008-09.