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Amazon secured Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour rights in the UK for the 2020-23 cycle with a bid nearly 60 per cent higher than incumbent pay-television broadcaster BT Sport's current fee, SportBusiness Media understands, as the tech and ecommerce giant moves to establish a dominant position in UK tennis broadcasting.

The Italian competition authority’s investigation into the sale of rights for Serie A is ostensibly a disaster for MP & Silva and B4 and a let-off for IMG. But MP & Silva and B4 are no longer active and IMG could yet face a major problem. The agency could be hit with a substantial damages claim by the league for lost earnings.

Pay-television broadcaster All Media Baltics used its pan-regional competitive advantage to retain  English Premier League’s rights in the Baltics without a hefty increase in cost.

DAZN picks up Copa América at bargain price as rivals focus elsewhere DAZN, Sky, Mediaset bid for International Champions Cup Rai to share Women’s World Cup with Sky, show Uefa U21s exclusively Pr

Euroleague Ventures – the joint venture between Euroleague Basketball and the IMG agency –secured a robust price from sports streaming service DAZN for the 2019-20 to 2022-23 rights cycle in Spain despite an initially unpromising market outlook, SportBusiness Media understands.

Pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus has agreed to share English Premier League coverage in France with Altice for the 2019-22 cycle

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports has acquired rights in Australia and New Zealand to the final of this year’s Scottish Cup, while it will also show the 2019-20 edition of the football competition i…

Polish public-service broadcaster TVP has secured rights to the 2019 Uefa Under-21 Championship. The deal is for all matches, including those played by the Polish national under-21 team

OTT streaming service DAZN has acquired rights in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Brazil to North America’s Major League Soccer.

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W Series, the all-female motorsport competition, is prioritising exposure over revenue in its media-rights strategy for the series’ inaugural year, it has told SportBusiness Media, although it would be difficult for the series to adopt any other approach, according to industry experts.

Swedish media group Bonnier has significantly increased its investment in Sweden’s second-tier ice hockey league, the HockeyAllsvenskan, to prevent a tender process that might have allowed a rival to swoop.

Pay-television broadcaster Arena Sport will pay more than triple the current per-season deal value to take National Basketball Association rights in the Balkans from rival Sportklub, driven by the sport’s growing popularity in the region.

The value of FIM Speedway World Championship rights in the UK held up in a new three-year deal, from 2019 to 2021, despite incumbent rights-holder BT Sport facing no serious competition.

French commercial broadcaster TF1 was expecting to recoup 40 per cent of its outlay on the 2019 Rugby World Cup from its ill-fated attempt to find a sublicensee, SportBusiness Media understands.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has raised its annual outlay on two of golf’s majors, the PGA Championship and Open Championship, by almost half to secure its dominance over the sport in the DACH region against the threat of US media group Discovery.

The French government strongly encouraged public-service broadcaster France Télévisions to reach an Olympics sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery for the 2022 to 2024 cycle to ensure the widest access to the Paris 2024 games, SportBusiness Media understands.

In rejecting IMG’s damages claim for nearly €60m ($67.2m) in April, Lega Serie A has presented the agency with a dilemma. Taking the league to court could be expensive with no guarantee of success. And there are issues of reputation and positioning in the market.

IMG continues to recoup its investment in English Premier League rights in Eastern Europe with a new deal with pay-television broadcaster Sportklub in the Balkans.

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group has gained a foothold in winter sports in the Nordics with its shock acquisition of a host of properties from the Infront agency.

Spain’s Mediapro agency and public broadcaster TVE will likely try again to acquire LaLiga’s two unsold domestic free-to-air rights packages for the 2019-20 to 2021-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Mediaset ‘at the window’ for Champions League as Rai-Sky renewal talks stall Broadcaster is thought to have offered uplift on Rai’s €40m per season Refi

The FA has opened the market for FA Cup domestic rights to new competition with the inclusion of a ‘non-linear package’ – expected to attract interest from internet giant Amazon – in the tender for the 2021-22 to 2024-25 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Spain’s top football league, LaLiga, became a de facto public-service sports broadcaster when it launched the LaLigaSportsTV OTT service in late March. In providing visibility for a wide range of second- and third-tier Spanish sports, LaLiga’s 41 professional clubs are doing what broadcaster TVE, with its Teledeporte sports channel, is paid by the state to do.

Any move by Spanish football’s governing body, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF), to intervene in the Mediapro agency’s rights deal with the top division of the country’s women’s league would be counter to Spain’s competition laws, local legal experts have told SportBusiness Media.