Israel

Increase in European media rights fees a sign of increasing value of Premier League even in Europe's developed markets.

American Football: Pay-television broadcaster Telenet acquired the rights in Flanders for the National Football League in a four-year deal with the IMG agency from 2009 to 2012

Pitch and Kentaro last week won the rights to distribute English Premier League club channel Liverpool FC TV, despite higher offers from rival agencies.

The European basketball league managed a 24-per-cent increase in television revenues this season and is optimistic of further growth next season.

Spain’s top-flight basketball league has tripled its distribution deals and rights fee revenue only one year after launching an in-house marketing drive to increase international exposure.

Football: Greek commercial broadcaster Antenna acquired the rights for top Greek club Olympiacos’ home first round match in the Uefa Cup and its two home group stage matches, paying €1.605m (£1.25m)

Out of court settlement ends Telefónica-Euroleague dispute

JCS Sports is challenging Charlton’s $4.5 million deal with Israeli basketball’s Premier League.

A series of legal battles and other bitter disputes between the top players in television sport in Israel is creating uncertainty and confusion for Israeli television,

Ice Hockey: The US National Hockey League signed a two-year deal with the NBC network, with an option to renew for a further two years

Football: German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF acquired the rights for up to 49 matches in football’s 2006 World Cup from Swiss agency Infront Sports & Media.

JCS Sports, which owns Israel’s two sports channels, has acquired the rights for top Israeli football and basketball matches

Horseracing: Two rival dedicated cable and satellite horseracing channels could be launched in the UK within the next month with the country’s racecourses split evenly between the two new ventures. 

The tender for control of Israeli commercial broadcaster Channel 2 was launched last week

Israeli public-service broadcaster Channel 1 is close to agreeing a deal with the Sportfive agency

Israeli pay-per-view company Charlton is set to sign deals with Israeli broadcasters

The Israeli Cable Council, a government agency, gave approval this week for pay-per-view company Charlton to televise Israeli football’s Premier League and the English Premier League