Indian Subcontinent


ESPN Star Sports is getting excellent ratings in India for its football World Cup coverage.

Pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports is to sublicense some cricket rights in Pakistan to rival broadcaster Ten Sports.

Tennis: US network NBC and cable broadcaster ESPN are set to acquire the rights for the Wimbledon tournament in two separate four-year deals, 2008 to 2011

Motorsport: US motor racing series Nascar finalised a series of eight-year deals worth an overall $4.5bn (£2.6bn/€3.8bn), a 40-per-cent increase on its present deals.

Deal signed this week by the organisers of next year’s Melbourne Commonwealth Games with Indian public-service broadcaster

Hopes new minister may lead to changes in the listed-events legislation now being drafted by parliament.

Skiing: Swiss public-service broadcaster SRG SSR acquired the rights for Swiss World Cup events in a four-year deal, 2007-08 to 2010-11, with the Swiss ski federation

American Football: Canadian commercial broadcaster CTV and cable sports broadcaster Rogers Sportsnet acquired the Canadian rights to NFL football for the three years from 2008 to 2010, paying a combined…

Three Asian cricket deals renegotiated in a week

Formula One: French commercial broadcaster TF1 renewed its deal for Formula One, paying a significant increase.

Cricket’s inaugural Super Series is being blacked-out in Pakistan and Bangladesh

Indian sports fans face a stark choice next summer

Pay-television operator British Sky Broadcasting is set to sign a deal for the England cricket team’s tour to Pakistan

Football: Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset acquired Serie A highlights rights in a three-year deal

The Board of Control for Cricket in India will issue another controversial television-rights tender next week.

Asian cricket supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya agreed a deal for the rights for a new annual Afro-Asia Cup competition with Nimbus Sport,

The Indian government is to push through listed-events legislation that will have a major impact on the country’s sports broadcasters

Bernie Ecclestone signed a five-year deal with pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports for pay rights for Formula One throughout Asia, except Japan and China, worth $18 million (£10.4 million/€15.1 million). 

Horseracing:  UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 signed a one-year deal to continue its horseracing coverage in 2006 after the horseracing and betting industries agreed to pay the channel £4.95m (€7.4m).