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Maltese telcos Go and Melita will progress with a long-discussed joint venture after two media-rights deals removed one of its biggest sticking points.

Dip in second-party World Cup qualifier values in key markets

Football: Uefa agreed deals in the Netherlands for the Champions League and Europa League for three years from 2012-13 to 2014-15

Football: Korean IPTV broadcaster Spo TV acquired the rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League for the three-year period from 2012-13 to 2014-15 for $11.1m (€8m) (page 2).

EBU members wary as ORF lowballing nearly backfires

Maltese telcos Melita and Go have cast aside their rivalry in the sports rights market by joining forces to launch what they claim will be the best premium sports package in Europe.

Maltese telecommunications companies Vodafone and Melita have pulled out of a planned merger after failing to gain approval from authorities in Malta.

Maltese telcos Melita and Vodafone have agreed a merger in a bid to provide a greater challenge to fellow telco Go.

International pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports has extended rights agreements in Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Malta and Turkey for the Ski Classics long-distance skiing championship and also agreed a new deal for the series in the Netherlands.

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Football: Qatar-based satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera acquired the

Kentaro hits the German jackpot, Sportfive stoical on draw

Football: Middle Eastern pay-television broadcaster Al Jazeera agreed a four-year deal, from 2012-13 to 2015-16, worth over $30m (€21m), for English Football Association rights in a deal brokered by t…

Football: Maltese cable operator Melita acquired live pay-television rights for all 64 matches of the 2010 World Cup in a sub-licensing deal with public service broadcaster Public Broadcasting Services

Football: Indonesian commercial broadcaster RCTI and sister channel Global TV sublicensed the rights for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa from PT Electronic City Entertainment, the original licensee

Football: Indonesian pay-broadcaster Telkomvision acquired a package of Serie A rights for the 2009-10 season in a one-year deal with the MP&Silva agency, renewing an existing deal

Cricket: Pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports acquired the rights for Twenty20’s cricket’s Champions League.

Polish commercial broadcaster Polsat is set to sublicense live Champions League rights to state broadcaster TVP

Football: Polish public-service broadcaster TVP and commercial broadcaster Polsat agreed a joint-deal for the 2006 World Cup with the Infront agency worth €15m (£10.3m).

Olympics: New Zealand pay-broadcaster Sky Television and its free-to-air arm Prime acquired the rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics in a $10.5m (£5.1m/€7.2m) deal with the International Olympic Committee.

Sportfive, Kentaro, IMG get plenty of ties against the big five teams; Infront do not fare so well

Football: France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel agreed new deals for top-tier Ligue 1.

English Premier League to receive £74 million over three years from sale of mobile and internet clip rights

Football: French commercial broad-caster TF1 acquired the free-to-air Champions League rights for a further three-years, from 2006-07 to 2008-09