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The latest rights deals for cycling’s Tour de France and La Vuelta a España represent good business for the buyers, the European Broadcasting Union and Discovery Communications, industry insiders familiar with the deals told SportBusiness Media.

Italy’s Lega Serie A will launch a tender in April for its domestic media rights for the three seasons from 2021-22 to 2023-24, SportBusiness Media understands. The delay opens space for the resolution of several outstanding issues that have, so far, complicated the process.

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group’s monster six-season English Premier League deal signed this month has shocked the Nordic media market and left TV2 in Norway reeling.

Channel 5’s free-to-air highlights deal with World Wrestling Entertainment will run for the same four-year period as WWE’s primary UK broadcast contract with BT Sport, SportBusiness Media understands.

Portuguese commercial broadcaster TVI’s acquisition of free-to-air rights to this summer’s Euro 2020 competition was driven by its desire to regain its status as Portugal’s most-watched terrestrial channel, SportBusiness Media understands.

Uefa has increased the value of its lower-tier club competition media rights in Germany by over 40 per cent through commercial broadcaster RTL’s acquisition of exclusive, multi-platform rights to the Europa League and newly created Europa Conference League.

Uefa has continued its success in the DACH region by more than doubling the value of its club competition rights in Austria and significantly increasing them in Switzerland.

The rescheduling of European Handball Federation Champions League matches to midweek is proving a sticking point in Infront’s efforts to negotiate a new rights round in France, SportBusiness Media understands. 

International media group Discovery streamlined its portfolio of Wimbledon rights in its latest multi-territory European deal to align with its ATP Tour holdings across the continent.

French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus and Formula One Management activated an option to extend their F1 rights agreement by two years, to the end of 2022, SportBusiness Media understands.

DAZN’s determination to add domestic football to its portfolio of rights in Spain led the OTT platform to pay Mediaset a Copa del Rey sublicensing fee that covers entirely what the latter spent on the rights just three months ago.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia has paid a 50-per-cent uplift to agree a three-year extension of its rights to ATP Masters 1000 events and the end-of-season ATP Finals.

Uefa’s Europa League revenue in France will fall in the 2021-24 cycle given limited interest in the property in the wake of the fierce contest for rights to the top-tier Champions League.

Dutch public broadcaster NOS increased its fee to retain rights to International Skating Union events in the Netherlands for the 2019-23 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Sky achieved its long-held ambition of exclusive live coverage of the US Masters in the UK because its co-incumbent, the BBC, decided live golf is no longer a strategic priority.

The English Premier League has launched the first international media-rights tender of its new sales cycle, going early in the Nordics and offering up the opportunity to bid for six seasons – the first time it has done so in Europe.

Belgian Pro League clubs will be able to exploit near-live clips on their own digital subscription platforms in the next rights cycle: the first time European clubs have been able to do so without long hold-back periods.

Uefa has increased the value of Champions League rights in Germany by nearly 70 per cent in the 2021-24 cycle, driven by an intense broadcaster battle in which DAZN ousted Sky Deutschland and Amazon made another foray into premium football.

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