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Aggressive bidding from telcos has helped Uefa substantially grow the value of its club competition rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Uefa completed the sale of Champions League and Europa League rights in the Balkans this week, increasing its media-rights income from the region by more than 20 per cent.

The aggressiveness of telco Telekom Srbija was a driving factor in increases in the value of the rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League in the Balkans.

Finnish deal takes Infront closer to global control of skiing rights but agency denies that it paid a strategic fee for the rights

Pay-television broadcaster Arena Sport has acquired European Handball Federation club and national team events across the Balkan region in a new four-year deal

Italy’s Lega Serie A last week announced new deals for its club-competition rights covering a host of markets.

Coverage of the 2018-19 season of the Liga ACB, the top division of basketball in Spain, will be available in 140 countries after the league distributed its rights in-house.

Slovenian public-service broadcaster RTV Slovenija is the latest to sublicense rights to Uefa national-team matches from the United Group

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Football: Korean IPTV broadcaster Spo TV acquired the rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League for the three-year period from 2012-13 to 2014-15 for $11.1m (€8m) (page 2).

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American Football: Indian broadcaster Ten Sports, owned by pay-television operator Zee, acquired the rights to the Elite Football League of India in a multi-year deal

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…

IAAF says IEC was right not to undersell its rights in Spain

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

MP & Silva pays 50-per-cent increase for French Open rights and gives free-to-air coverage guarantees

Golf: Pay-television golf broadcaster the Golf Channel acquired the rights to the Asian Tour in North America, Latin America and Japan in deals with Asian Tour Media, the distributor of the tour’s media r…

Football: Pan-regional broadcaster Al Jazeera Sport acquired the rights for Fifa competitions between 2015 and 2022, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cup The deal covers cable, satellite, terrestrial,…

Athletics: The IEC in Sports agency agreed a number of deals for the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha

News round-up, Vol 14 Issue 5

Basketball: US cable sports channel Versus acquired rights for 16 games of the 2009-10 season of the NBA Develop-ment League, the official minor league basketball competition, in a deal with the NBA.

Athletics: US free-to-air broadcaster NBC extended its deal with the New York City Road Runners for the television rights for the New York City marathon for three years from 2009 to 2011

Football: Sports broadcaster ESPN Brasil acquired pay-television rights in Brazil for the 2010 World Cup in a sublicensing deal with commercial broadcaster Globo

Out of court settlement ends Telefónica-Euroleague dispute

Football: German pay-televison broadcaster Premiere is set to sign a two-year deal, said to be worth €350m (£235m), with the Deutsche Fussball Liga for football’s Bundesliga.  Th

Rugby union:  Incumbent rights-holder IMG won the commercial rights for rugby union’s 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups.  It beat opposition from Champions League agency Team Marketing.  I

Football: German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF acquired the rights for up to 49 matches in football’s 2006 World Cup from Swiss agency Infront Sports & Media.