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The European Commission has received an official complaint over the acquisition of Champions League rights by Ireland’s public-service broadcaster RTE

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

Formula 1: Spanish sports agency Mediapro acquired the rights for Formula 1 in a five-year deal, 2009 to 2013, in a deal thought to be worth about €35m (£24m) a year.

Rugby union: UK pay-broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting acquired the exclusive live rights to European club rugby’s Heineken Cup competition in the UK and Ireland in a four-year deal, from 2006-07 to 2…

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). 

Football: Spanish free-to-air broadcaster Cuatro sublicensed the non-exclusive rights to at least seven matches from the upcoming World Cup from rival broadcaster La Sexta in a deal worth €20m (£14m).

Football’s Champions League final was not the only major sporting event in May to attract good viewing for broadcasters around Europe.

The English Premier League’s £82 million (€119 million) deal for live rights in Ireland is a record sports-rights deal for the country.

Dramatic tournament attracts best-ever audiences in four key markets

German cable company consortium is takeover target for Liberty Global

Football: Free-to-air broadcasters HRT (Croatia), RUV (Iceland) and TV3 (Slovenia), acquired exclusive live rights to all 31 matches of Euro 2008 in deals with the Sportfive agency, which is marketing…

Cricket:  Indian pay-television broadcaster Sony Entertainment Television acquired the international rights to this month’s India v Pakistan tour for $11.5m (£6m/€8.7m).

Commonwealth Games:  UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the rights to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in a deal with the Fastrack agency, which is selling the rights on behalf of the organisers.

Cricket:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan was awarded the domestic rights to the upcoming India v Pakistan series by the Madras High Court, which was ruling on the case brought by Indian broadcaster Zee Telefilms.

Rugby union’s Six Nations has secured significant rights fee increases

Olympics:  The Bell Globemedia-Rogers Communications consortium won the Canadian rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics

The Six Nations championship boosted television audiences in all participating countries except Italy.

Irish government likely to add final day’s coverage of the Ryder Cup to its list of events protected for free-to-air coverage.

Irish broadcasters TV3 and Setanta issue complaint against ITV