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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in the Nordic region, consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

The Polish Esktraklasa was able to avoid paying domestic rebates for the suspended 2019-20 season by extending its existing deals with pay-television broadcaster Platforma Canal Plus and public-service broadcaster TVP for a further two seasons on unchanged final terms.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in the Nordic region, consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Hungarian commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV2 has renewed rights to Spain’s LaLiga, as it looks to secure key rights to retain its dominant position amid new competition.

Euroleague Basketball has boosted the value of its rights in the Baltics by carving out free-to-air rights in the valuable Lithuanian market, in deals with media group TV3 and Lithuanian public-service broadcaster LRT.

Canal Plus has paid an uplift to renew its rights to France’s Championnat National, the third tier of club football in the country, for another four seasons.

Swiss market experts are predicting tough sales conditions following the cross-carriage agreement between telcos UPC and Swisscom.

The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia’s (CNMC) decision to extend telco Telefónica’s content-sharing requirement until at least 2023 will limit the extent of the telco’s Spanish market dominance. But many of its rivals are still calling for a comprehensive review into the telco’s position.

OTT platform DAZN’s decision to sublicense a pair of MotoGP Grands Prix to Spanish public-service broadcaster RTVE will go some way to recovering subscribers who left its service in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) managed to secure a fairly robust fee for the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa from L’Equipe TV in France, despite a lost season following the abortive sale of the rights to a previously unknown agency.

The British & Irish Lions touring side maintained the value of its media rights in the UK and Ireland in a deal with pay-television broadcaster Sky for next year’s tour of South Africa.

US media group Discovery has made a modest investment in the Italian rights to WWE wrestling to help increase audience share of its DMAX channel and improve the sluggish take-up of the broadcaster’s Dplay Plus premium OTT service.

LaLiga will more than double the value of its rights in Russia in its imminent renewal with the Telesport agency for the 2021-26 cycle.

The reluctance of French pay-television platforms to pay a minimum guarantee to carry Mediapro’s new Téléfoot channel has become a huge obstacle to the Spanish agency’s prospects for finalising distribution deals before the start of the new domestic football season.

Formula One’s media rights value in Austria has rebounded in the latest deal – with commercial broadcaster ServusTV for the 2021-23 cycle – following sharp declines in the previous two rights cycles.

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub prioritised retaining a level of exclusivity in choosing to sublicense free-to-air Uefa club competition rights to CH Media over SRG.

The threat of competition helped the Norwegian Ski Federation increase the value of both its domestic and international rights from 2021-22, despite signing renewals in exclusive windows.

Premiership Rugby, operator of the top division of English rugby union, is entering the final season of its domestic rights deal with BT with no clear plan for the forthcoming cycle after rejecting a robust renewal offer, industry sources told SportBusiness Media.

After several cycles of decline, the value of Formula One rights in Germany has more than doubled in pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland’s exclusive deal for the 2021-24 cycle.