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Irish pay-television broadcaster Setanta is thought to be paying less in its deal, agreed last week, for the Uefa Champions League than it does in the current cycle. Overall, however, Uefa has finished with an increase on the current cycle in Ireland thanks to increases in the value of the free-to-air rights.

The Pitch International agency agreed international rights deals for the Irish, Scottish and Welsh rugby unions earlier this month. The deals will help the agency shore up an international rugby rights portfolio which has come under pressure this year.

The structure of the two new European club rugby competitions, the Rugby Champions Cup and the Rugby Challenge Cup, beginning in the 2014-15 season

Clubs are real winners from BT-Sky sharing deal for European rugby

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences in the home markets for this year’s Six Nations Championship L

Why Premiership Rugby looked no further than 'expert' partner Pitch for its international sales contract

Pauline McVey, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines rugby union’s Six Nations television audiences in the home markets as viewing in the UK hits all-time high U

TF1 pays big increase to hang on to Rugby World Cup

Sportfive secures big fee in Russia for Olympics but still loses money on IOC deal

Uefa positions itself nicely to cherry-pick top markets

Horse Racing: Irish public-service broadcaster RTÉ agreed a two-year rights deal, for 2012 and 2013, with Horse Racing Ireland and the Association of Irish Racecourses, for races in Ireland.

BBC strategy comes into focus with Six Nations renewal

Two-event sales keep Rugby World Cup income growing

Basketball: UK pay-television channel ESPN extended its rights for the Euroleague to cover the 2011-12 season in a deal with the league

Football: Fifa, football’s world governing body, agreed deals in the US, Canada, selected territories in Asia and Australia for its events covering the period 2015 to 2022 (see story this issue).

Six Nations set to split international TV rights ... NFL takes rights to global market ... No ESPN-Al Jazeera joint bid ... ARD/ZDF force ski concessions

Action Sports: Apparent Gravity Media, the US-based distributor of action sports and motorsports, agreed a number of deals for the Dew Action Sports Tour and the AMA Motocross Championship series

Kentaro hits the German jackpot, Sportfive stoical on draw