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Football: Pay-operator Premiere acquired the Austrian pay-television rights for the top two domestic leagues, the Bundesliga and the Zac Erste division, in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10

Football: French commercial broad-caster TF1 agreed a deal with the Infront agency for the pay-television rights for the 2006 World Cup and sublicensed them to pay-broadcaster Canal Plus and its own cable and satellite channel Eurosport.

Football: Caribbean sports cable channel SportsMax acquired the free-to-air and pay-television rights for all Fifa events from 2007 to 2014 in a deal worth $18m (£9.3m/€13.7m). 

TV Azteca and Televisa have unofficially agreed not to compete for football

Israeli pay-per-view company and agency Charlton is to end its television-rights deal for the Israeli Premier League a year early

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.

Formula One television rights fees in the Middle East are set to triple

The dispute between Israeli pay-television companies Charlton and Sport 5 has been refuelled in two legal battles involving the country’s football association.

Football: French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 reportedly acquired the rights for football's Euro 2008 in a deal brokered by the Sportfive agency.

English Premier League considers launching own channel in only two territories without a deal.

Television rights division snapped up by rival IMG