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Major League Baseball has secured a domestic renewal with Turner Sports for the 2022-28 cycle worth over 50 per cent more than the broadcaster’s current outlay. But the league is looking to boost rights revenues further, with plans to significantly expand the postseason.
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CBS Sports' acquisition of National Women's Soccer League media rights underlines the network's growing commitment to soccer in the United States and is a significant attempt to leverage the growing popularity of the women's game in the country.
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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape for soccer in the United States.
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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape for soccer in the United States.
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The Thursday Night Football renewal between US tech and retail giant Amazon and the National Football League makes sense for both parties. But it does not mark a staging post from which Amazon could disrupt the make-up of the NFL’s main media-rights partners in the next cycle, US media experts say.

The Canadian-arm of production and rights agency Mediapro has announced that it will produce every game of the 2020 Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series tournament
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The United Soccer League will not utilize artificial crowd noise during its ESPN broadcasts when the organization returns to action this month in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic
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Women's sports league developer Athletes Unlimited has secured broadcast agreements with CBS Sports and ESPN for its inaugural softball season, which is due to take place at Parkway Bank Sports Complex…
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The cost of a subscription to ESPN's direct-to-consumer streaming platform ESPN+ is rising by $1 per month to $5.99 beginning in August, according to The Verge, citing internal documents

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Dorna Sports, the commercial rights-holder of MotoGP, has prioritised exposure over the rights fee in its deal with US network NBC for the 2020-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Formula One Management, the commercial rights-holder of Formula One, has rounded out a successful North American rights cycle by increasing its fees in Canada by roughly a fifth, while also earning a healthy rights fee in the US.
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US sports broadcaster ESPN has reaffirmed its strategic commitment to football by paying a substantial sum for exclusive rights to the Spanish Copa del Rey knock-out competition.
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Competition to create effective digital offerings in the US drove a hike in value for Uefa’s club competitions for the 2021-22 to 2023-24 cycle. CBS overcame strong opposition to surprise the market in acquiring English-language rights, while Univision renewed its high-performing Spanish-language rights.
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The Bundesliga is taking a calculated gamble in its new US media-rights deal, with ESPN, as despite the huge increase in the rights fee the deal involves a significant reduction in linear television exposure.
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Pay-television broadcaster beIN will pay a more than 10-per-cent uplift in rights fees for Spanish football’s LaLiga over the course of its new four-season renewal in North America, SportBusiness Media understands, despite the challenging conditions beIN faces in that market.

Tour de France rights-holder Amaury Sport Organisation’s decision to exclusively sell the property in Canada to OTT platform FloSports for the 2020-23 cycle represents an experiment that could lead to similar streaming partnerships in other territories, SportBusiness Media understands.

Ryan Fenton discusses FloSports’ acquisition of Tour de France rights in Canada as well as the OTT platform’s wider cycling strategy.
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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of US College sports.
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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of US College sports.
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Bob Williams speaks to Lucy Rutishauser, Sinclair Broadcast Group's chief financial officer, about the network's purchase of the Fox regional sports networks

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s deal this week to cover 20 games from the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League will provide the seven-team start-up league with much-needed visibility a…
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Bob Williams speaks to Chris Benyarko, the NBA's senior vice-president of direct to consumer, about the league's manifold micro-payments initiatives.

Mediapro’s February deal with Canadian Soccer Business involves a moderate degree of financial risk for the Spanish company but the potential gains are substantial.
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In honour of Super Bowl LIII, SportBusiness Consulting has updated its USA market focus – part of the 2018 SportBusiness Consulting Global Media Report – and made it freely available.
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MLS team's commercial prospects given ‘dramatic overhaul’ by move to $400m stadium Mixed-use development with sportsbook planned to capitalise on sports betting legislation E

Facebook has finally emerged as a major player in the global sports rights-market Acquisition strategy is highly targeted, with India and Latin America among priorities

A whirlwind six months for US boxing have seen five major media-rights deals agreed from May to October this year, setting up a four-way battle for supremacy between platforms from 2019 onward
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ESPN's deal with IMG for rights to Serie A and the FA Cup has shown how US sports broadcasters are desperate not to be left without premium European football on their platforms.