Absent any competition for Greek Cup rights in Cyprus, Cyta translated a 33-per-cent fall in inventory directly into a near one-third discount.
Mediapro’s accusation of impropriety in the Uefa Champions League tender process in France has cast a cloud over a record rights-fee outcome for Uefa in the country. But the agency’s threat to take Uefa to court may not be credible, industry experts told SportBusiness Media.
Saran Media has leveraged its long-standing relationship with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to extend its deal for Wimbledon rights in Turkey and Central Asia.
The value of Spanish football’s LaLiga in Turkey has fallen by more than 40 per cent in pay-television broadcaster D-Smart’s acquisition of exclusive multi-platform rights to the property. The deal was the direct result of the cancellation of LaLiga’s agreement with Digiturk earlier this season.
US media group Discovery continues to push for dominance over tennis in Europe, acquiring exclusive rights to the ATP World Tour in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
RTBF’s Olympic sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery was delayed by the Belgian broadcaster’s determination not to exceed the amount it committed to the European Broadcasting Union’s failed attempt to acquire the property, SportBusiness Media understands.
The Basketball Champions League has suffered a setback in France despite retaining exposure in a two-season renewal of its deal with pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus, SportBusinessMedia understands.
BT’s huge outlay for Uefa club competition rights in the 2021-24 cycle was driven by the UK telco's need to retain a viable sports broadcasting proposition.
French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus is set to recoup its outlay on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic rights in a deal with Discovery-owned Eurosport, SportBusiness Media understands.
Greek pay-television broadcaster Nova has paid over a 10-per-cent increase to secure a three-year extension for the rights to grand slam tennis tournament Wimbledon.
Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF has fought off aggressive competition from commercial broadcaster Servus TV to seal a deal with the Infront agency for a host of major events operated by the International Ski Federation (Fis).
The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) decision to award the domestic rights to club knock-out competition the Copa del Rey to commercial broadcaster Mediaset could spark a legal battle following production group and agency Mediapro’s allegations that the decision was politically motivated.
The Scottish Professional Football League has secured a strong minimum guarantee from Infront for international rights to Scottish league football. The deal is robust by historical standards, given that betting streaming rights were not included.
In October, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper described the UK as “a logical DAZN market”, pinpointing three potential avenues of entry: rights to the English Premier League, boxing, and tennis. But experts and insiders surveyed by SportBusiness say DAZN should treat the UK market with caution.
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.