Middle East and North Africa (Mena)

Saudi Arabia’s confirmation that it will create a rights-acquisition and content platform under its Saudi Sports Company division had long been expected. What took some industry observers by surprise was the country’s apparent scaling back of its ambitions and the ostensibly softer tone used when outlining its acquisitions strategy.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in the Middle East and Africa.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in the Middle East and Africa.

Shares in World Wrestling Entertainment fell by over 15 per cent yesterday amid doubts over the timing of new broadcast rights agreements in India and the Middle East and North Africa

The value of broadcast rights to Spanish football’s LaLiga has risen modestly in the Middle East and North Africa, SportBusiness Media understands, with incumbent Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster beIN Sports agreeing to extend the relationship through to the end of the 2023-24 season.

Sports streaming service FloSports has acquired rights in the Middle East and North Africa to European club rugby union competitions the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup

Ask anyone at beIN Media Group what is the biggest threat to their business; everyone would say piracy

• IMG has secured big increases in most major markets for Serie A but is still likely to lose money • Agency was given discount for favouring visibility over price in US in ESPN / beIN face-off • O