Indian Subcontinent

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The All India Football Federation agreed its first long-term domestic deal with Star India last month, but is not concerned about earning rights fees.

Asian Football Confederation media rights in the Indian subcontinent are likely to remain steady or fall in value, with no deal in place for the 2017 to 2020 cycle.

Indian television experts have questioned the viability of pay-television channel DSport – a partnership between Discovery Communications and Indian broadcast executive RC Venkateish which launched in India last week – in its current form.

Sony Pictures Networks India last month picked up rights to the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament after pay-television broadcaster Neo Sports refused an option to extend its deal.

Sony Pictures Networks India’s acquisition of the Ten Sports channels is likely to restrict the Indian media-rights market and make life difficult for rights-holders below the top tier.

An absence of competition in Spain and the Indian subcontinent has seen the value of International Champions Cup rights stall in both markets.

Star India has snatched rights to two tennis grand slams from its Indian subcontinent rivals in the last week, significantly increasing their value.

John Manning, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews television audiences in selected key cricket markets for the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament

Golf’s US PGA Tour has doubled its rights fee in the Indian subcontinent after a six-year renewal with Indian pay-television broadcaster Neo Sports.

ESPN’s partnership with Chinese internet company Tencent last month is the latest stage in the broadcaster’s evolution into a global digital player

The Asian Cricket Council earned a big increase in the value of its media rights in a lucrative eight-year deal with pay-television broadcaster Star India.

Rupert Murdoch-owned Star India has renewed its English Premier League rights in India at a significant discount.

The chequered history of cricket’s Bangladesh Premier League contributed to a reduced rights fee on the Indian subcontinent for the competition, which is returning after a one-year hiatus.

The National Basketball Association has finalised a string of deals outside its domestic US market in recent weeks, securing large increases in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and India, and a modest uplift in Poland.

Star India’s strategic shift away from overseas sport allowed Multi Screen Media to buy rights to Italy’s Serie A and the English FA Cup earlier this month.

Star India’s renewal with Indian hockey’s governing body highlights the broadcaster’s strategy of ground-level investment in minority sports.

Sri Lanka Cricket has awarded its domestic rights to state broadcaster Rupavahini, turning down a larger bid from incumbent rights-holder Carlton Sports Network.

The Pakistan Cricket Board is understood to view this month’s five-year deal for its rights as the best that was possible in current market conditions.

Indian pay-television channel Sony Six’s decision to extend its deal for TNA Wrestling last month is a strategic buy for a property the channel believes it can develop.