Uefa will secure an increase of just over 30 per cent in the value of media rights to the Euro 2016 tournament compared to Euro 2012, according to research by TV Sports Markets.
The International Table Tennis Federation’s decision to sell its media rights in China and other core markets itself left slim pickings for agencies, but hasn’t stopped Lagardère Sports from taking on the challenge.
Media rights clips from March 24 to April 6
IMG’s distribution deal for the Chinese Super League’s international rights is a strategic acquisition of a property that’s “going places”.
English Premier League club Chelsea will take the global distribution of its Chelsea TV channel in-house, TV Sports Markets understands.
Interview with Michael Mellor, head of football at IMG, on the agency’s rights-distribution deal for the Chinese Super League.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship bolstered its UFC Fight Pass OTT subscription service last month, maintaining its position as the world’s most content-rich combat channel.
Interview with Russell Wolff, executive vice-president, ESPN international, on the media company’s partnership with internet operator Tencent in China.
Bringing Australian Open media-rights sales in-house was a natural move in response to market demands for tailored coverage, Tennis Australia told TV Sports Markets this week.
The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) told TV Sports Markets this week that its new €500m ($540m) deal with the Perform Group will help make its World Cup the “pinnacle” of the sport by 2033.
Interview with Richard Heaselgrave, commercial director at Tennis Australia, following the 2016 Australian Open and discussing the body’s media rights strategy since taking its sales in-house last year.
Decisions made by national basketball federations to commit clubs to a new Fiba-run competition could scupper IMG’s hopes of refinancing its 10-season, €630m ($682m) joint venture with the Euroleague.
Southern hemisphere rugby rights have increased significantly in global value, driven by explosive growth in the UK, France and the Middle East, and supported by strong returns in difficult core markets.
A victory for Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa in Fifa presidential election could have major repercussions on the sale of Asian Football Confederation media rights.
England’s Football League has opted to renew its international rights deal with the Pitch International agency, TV Sports Markets understands.
Distributing the commercial rights to next summer’s Copa América Centenario is a “great opportunity” for the IMG agency.
Interview with Ioris Francini, president of media and events, and Michael Mellor, head of football, IMG, on the agency’s deal for Copa América Centenario rights.