After a five-month delay and a few matches shaved off the top, this season’s Uefa Champions League and Europa League have finally come to a close. The one-legged format used from the quarterfinals produced one of the most exciting tournaments in recent memory, prompting Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin to ponder whether Uefa could learn a thing or two for future seasons.
Inside this issue:
FOOTBALL: Broadcaster power struggles help drive up the value of LaLiga in sub-Saharan Africa
CRICKET: Sri Lanka Cricket finally sells rights, but income depends on shifting calendar
While Sri Lanka Cricket has closed a protracted sales process for its global media rights from 2020 to 2023, the board’s income for the period is yet to be fully determined and will be affected by a shifting international cricket calendar.
Belgium’s Pro League is working with media rights-holder Eleven Sports, the subscription broadcaster, and the Mediapro agency to secure longer contracts with broadcasters in Europe, while a new 1:30pm (…
Rugby union digital media platform RugbyPass has launched a new subscription service, The XV, offering premium journalism, including interviews and long-read features, with podcasts and video content to…
Data and technology company Stats Perform has agreed a multi-year deal with Dutch AI-based visualisation company Beyond Sports for the usage of its positional tracking data of football’s English Premier L…
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched a new fan engagement app which will stream live coverage of matches and aims to be the digital “home of hockey” for fans, players and officials wor…
Liberty Media’s major investment into Formula One’s digital media operations has demonstrated its value during sport’s global lockdown, believes Frank Arthofer, the series’ global head of digital media and licensing.
The slew of media-rights deals agreed for the Korean K League ahead of its recent restart did not generate large revenues for international distributor Sportradar. But the league hopes to capitalise, in the years to come, on the boost to its profile, as one of the first competitions to restart after Covid-19-related shutdowns.
The recent sale of betting streaming and data rights by the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) has become a subject of contention among stakeholders seeking to understand the rationale for selling the rights for a 10-year term and not running a competitive tender process.
Brazilian Série A football clubs and the Conferderação Brasileira de Futebol, the nation’s football association, may have learned the lessons of previous doomed tenders by opting for expertise over cash in its betting streaming and data rights deal for the 2020-23 cycle, experts told SportBusiness Media.
The Thursday Night Football renewal between US tech and retail giant Amazon and the National Football League makes sense for both parties. But it does not mark a staging post from which Amazon could disrupt the make-up of the NFL’s main media-rights partners in the next cycle, US media experts say.
The International Swimming League is working on two fronts to increase exposure and engagement levels ahead of its second season. It is in renewal talks with many of the broadcasters who covered the league’s inaugural season, while pushing ahead with the development of its own direct-to-consumer OTT platform.
The offer Brazilian football clubs accepted for their international rights from the newly-created GSRM agency is much more realistic than the outlandish valuations that characterised previous tenders, experts told SportBusiness Media.
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