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Pay-television broadcaster Digiturk and Spanish football’s LaLiga have ended their contract in Turkey due to the former's difficulties meeting its financial obligations amid continued weakness in the country’s currency, SportBusiness Media understands, leaving the league without a broadcast partner.

French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus faced little competition in renewing its NHL rights, SportBusiness Media understands.

Greek public broadcaster ERT has exploited a lack of competition and its dominant position in negotiations to secure a significant reduction in the amount it will pay to the clubs in the second-tier Super League 2 for the 2019-20 season.

Greek digital terrestrial broadcaster Antenna has become the latest broadcaster to benefit from cuts to public broadcaster ERT’s funding by outbidding it for the rights to the Uefa Euro 2020 finals.

Infront has sealed a big increase in value for International Ice Hockey Federation rights across the Nordics, in a deal with the Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group that will help cover the increased costs of its own recently-signed global rights agreement.

The Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group has extended its media rights in Denmark to the Ski Classics series of long-distance skiing events

The Danish arm of Discovery Networks, the media group whose channel portfolio includes Kanal 5 and Eurosport, has dramatically reduced the cost of its sports streaming package in response to a distribution…

UK telco BT has retained exclusive, multi-platform rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League for the 2021-24 cycle, it said Friday

Spanish commercial duo Atresmedia and Mediaset are reported to be the latest broadcasters to shy away from a bid for domestic rights to the Supercopa, following the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF’s) dec…

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The Italian football league is finalising its guidelines for the tender process which must be approved by the country’s competition and communication authorities. The process is likely to be more complicated, controversial and political than the equivalent processes anywhere else. Story by Frank Dunne.

Paul Rehrig, general manager, Eurosport Digital, talks about Discovery’s deal with Twitter for coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Uefa, European football’s governing body, could be on the verge of a sharp downturn in Champions League media-rights revenues for the 2021-24 cycle, with specific factors in the key UK and France markets exacerbating a broader price correction already anticipated for similar high-profile properties.

The deal struck this week between US media group Discovery and social media platform Twitter for coverage of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo is expected to be the first of many such clip and highlights deals, as Discovery looks for additional ways to monetise its substantial investment in the rights in Europe.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT has acquired rights for the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Champions League in a one-season deal after pay-television broadcaster Nova elected not to renew, with the property’s value falling by 25 per cent on a per-season basis.

Pay-television broadcaster Cosmote reduced its outlay on Greek Cup rights by two-thirds and pushed to shorten the renewal duration to just one season to give it an opportunity to review the impact on the property’s value of a restructuring of the competition, SportBusiness Media understands.

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has taken advantage of the stronger advertising opportunities offered by the winter scheduling of the 2022 World Cup in its rights sale to the Telesport marketing agency in Russia.

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4’s recent Formula One sublicensing renewal with pay-television broadcaster Sky extends their relationship for another three years, until the end of 2022, with the deal value unchanged, SportBusiness Media understands.

The European Handball Federation unified both its club and national team competitions in the Balkans into one new deal with Arena Sports, leading to a sharp rise in the value of its rights in the region.

Uefa is close to completing a record-breaking deal for rights to the 2024 European Championship with Deutsche Telekom, in what would be the largest fee ever received by Uefa for European Championship rights in a single market.

Public broadcaster France Télévisions renewed its free-to-air rights to the final of the country’s Top 14 rugby union club competition for the 2019-23 cycle at around the same level as its previous deal, SportBusiness Media understands.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Italy.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Italy.

Competition between pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia and OTT platform DAZN for the rights to the American National Basketball Association ensured the former paid a substantial uplift for exclusive rights in the country from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Spain’s LaLiga has for the first time agreed a revenue-sharing deal for its rights in the UK and Ireland for the 2019-22 cycle. LaLiga will receive a fee from pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports, but the two parties will also share revenues in both territories from LaLiga’s dedicated channel, LaLigaTV, SportBusiness Media understands.

The NFL renewed its free-to-air deal in DACH with German media group ProSiebenSat.1 without going to market as it looks to grow further in the region, having been impressed with the broadcaster’s ability to build the league’s brand and audience.

Euroleague Basketball has capitalised on the sport’s increasing popularity in Turkey to successfully raise the value of the top-tier EuroLeague by over two-thirds in its renewal with pay-television broadcaster Digiturk.

Discovery-owned broadcaster Eurosport’s deal in Europe and Asia-Pacific for new franchise-based competition the International Swimming League also mandates it to act as the rights-holder’s global media-rights agency.

Russian internet company Yandex will look to expand its sports-rights portfolio after acquiring exclusive rights to the National Hockey League in Russia amid fierce competition.