Europe

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC is resigned to losing the domestic free-to-air rights for the Royal Ascot, Derby and Grand National horse racing events to commercial broadcaster Channel 4, according…

Mario Figueiredo, the president of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional, Portugal’s professional football league, said he would take his fight to introduce a collective broadcast rights model i…

The Asset Ogilvy agency extended two rights deals in Greece for the Formula One motor racing series, one with commercial broadcaster Alpha, and another with pay-television broadcaster OTE

Uefa, European football’s governing body, agreed deals in Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia for the Champions League and Europa League for the three seasons from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

Modern Times Group, the multi-territory commercial and pay-television broadcaster, renewed its exclusive rights deal for Formula One motor racing in the Baltic countries until 2014

The Sportfive agency invited offers for the rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games in Belarus. The deadline for the offers is 5pm central European time on May 14

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 submitted an offer of £15 million (€17.6 million/$23.8

The IMG agency asked pay-television broadcasters Al Jazeera, Canal Plus and Golf Channel to submit a second round of bids for the French rights for golf’s Ryder Cup, European Tour and World Golf Championship e…

French pay-television broadcaster the Golf Channel acquired exclusive rights for the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in a one-year deal for the 2012 season

The MP & Silva agency acquired the media rights in Europe to the top French football league, Ligue 1, in a deal with global rights-holder Al Jazeera, the Qatari satellite broadcaster

French media conglomerate Lagardère confirmed a €550 million ($737 million) writedown in the value of its sports marketing division, Lagardère Unlimited, as the group announced a net loss of €707 milli…

Spanish public-service broadcaster’s TVE has had its production budget for the 2012 Olympic Games in London cut by 20-per-cent compared to that for the last summer Olympics, in Beijing in 2008, to €4 mil…

Portuguese Liga club Benfica should consider launching its own channel as an alternative to selling its broadcast rights to an agency, according to Luís Mergulhão, the chief executive of advertising g…

Italian media group Mediaset, which owns Spanish commercial broadcaster Telecinco, said it would be interested in acquiring domestic rights for the Spanish basketball league, the ACB, from the start of…

The SM Liiga, Finland’s top-tier ice hockey competition, said that it was interested in signing only long-term domestic rights deals beyond its current contract, which ends next season.

Portuguese Liga club Benfica this week rejected a renewal offer worth €111 million ($149 million) over five seasons, or €22.2 m

Pay-television broadcasters Al Jazeera and Canal Plus have both acquired rights in France for German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A football in deals with the MP & Silva agency covering the 2012-13 to…

French pay-television channel Orange Sport is set to close after parent company Orange failed to find a buyer for it, according to French media reports

The Deutsche Fussball Liga, the German football league, is setting up a subsidiary company to handle the production of its media content

Danish pay-television broadcasters Modern Times Group and TV2 Sport will demand compensation from clubs in the Superliga, the top tier of domestic football, if league matches are moved from evening to…

Uefa, European football’s governing body, agreed deals in Belgium for the Europa League for three years, from 2012-13 to 2014-15, with public-service broadcaster VRT, commercial broadcaster RTL, and p…

The Sportsman Media Group agency will continue to distribute the rights for Spanish football’s top-tier league, La Liga, in Germany and Austria, after agreeing a three-year deal, from 2012-13 to 2014-15, w…

The Sportfive agency invited offers for the rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games in Albania. Bids must be submitted by 5pm central European time on April 30

Spanish commercial broadcasters La Sexta and Antena 3 are the favourites to acquire the rights for the Spanish basketball league, the ACB, after the incumbent rights-holder, public-service broadcaster…