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At stake is the future funding of elite sport through the sale of media rights.

The value of the Israeli Basketball Premier League’s domestic rights has stalled, with incumbent pay-television broadcaster Sports Channel renewing rights from 2019-20 amid little competition.

A consortium of major rights-holders is about to launch legal action in the Saudi courts against the beoutQ pirate broadcast operation, which the rights-holders believe is backed by the Saudi government., SportBusiness Media understands.

Dubai-based free-to-air broadcaster MBC’s acquisition of Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa could trigger a shake-up in the regional rights market, which could lead to MBC’s backer, Saudi Arabia, becoming a legitimate player.

BeIN Media Group’s public statement on February 8 that it had dropped Formula One because of the rights-holder’s inaction over the threat posed by the Saudi beoutQ pirate service has caused widespread concern among rights-holders. But it may not be enough to push them into legal action against beoutQ.

World Wrestling Entertainment has signed an expanded events agreement with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, guaranteeing a second annual large-scale wrestling event in the country until 2027

The Asian Football Confederation has issued an invitation to tender for broadcast rights in the United Arab Emirates from 2021 to 2024

Indian pay-television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks has acquired rights for the 2019 edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League cricket tournament, taking place November 14-24

Satellite operator Arabsat has branded comments made by a group of major rights-holders as “irresponsible” and “disgraceful” about its alleged role in the Saudi Arabian pirate channel beoutQ dispute. Ara

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OSN’s decision to close most of its sports channels will leave a vacuum in the Middle East and North Africa for rights-holders that is unlikely to be filled for some time, experts have told SportBusiness M…

Interview with Dan Markham and Cameron Andrews, respectively executive director of sports content and anti-piracy counsel for beIN Media Group, about the ongoing piracy of beIN by the beoutQ service

Uefa is close to completing deals for its national-team media rights in Israel, as negotiations with both public-service broadcaster Kan and pay-television broadcaster Charlton prove challenging

Indian pay-television broadcaster Star India this month became the latest beneficiary of beIN Sports’ move to acquire cricket content in the Middle East and North Africa.

Kan, the Israeli public-service broadcaster, has tendered rights to 17 Fifa World Cup matches in order to recoup some of its financial outlay on the tournament.

The Asian Football Confederation’s media and marketing rights tenders – sent out earlier this month – do not cover the Middle East and North Africa, TV Sports Markets has learned.

Tennis Australia has increased the value of Australian Open rights in the Middle East and North Africa by about 40 per cent following a renewal with beIN Sports.

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) roughly doubled the value of its media rights in the Middle East and North Africa last month after carving them out from a future Asian deal.

BeIN Media Group agreed its first deal for cricket rights last week, marking a notable change in strategy and a clear statement of intent it will go after content traditionally held by its Middle-Eastern rival OSN.

Uefa has almost trebled the value of its Champions League and Europa League media rights in the Middle East and North Africa, following a renewal with Qatar-based beIN Media Group.

Uefa has earned an increase of about 40 per cent in the value of its Europa League rights in Israel following a renewal with Charlton.

OSN’s acquisitions of rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship represent a more aggressive strategy from the pay-television operator, but doesn’t herald the beginning of fierce competition for top-tier rights with beIN Media Group.

BeIN Media Group has lost rights to the Diamond League in its home market of the Middle East and North Africa, and a share of the rights in the US.

Uefa was the beneficiary this month as Israel’s Sports Channel paid a fee increase of about 440 per cent to renew its Champions League rights.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses media-rights in some of the top Football properties outside of Europe

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses media-rights in some of the top Football properties outside of Europe

The French tennis federation is nearing a renewal with beIN Media Group for rights to the French Open tournament in the Middle East and North Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.

Israeli pay-television broadcaster Charlton has renewed its deal for German Bundesliga media rights, TV Sports Markets understands.

BeIN Media Group increased its fee for National Basketball Association media rights in France by about 23 per cent ahead of the new season.