North America

Comcast and NBCUniversal's new Peacock subscription streaming video service will contain a significant amount of live sports coverage, including extensive coverage of this summer's Tokyo Olympics

US media and entertainment company WarnerMedia has expanded its rights agreement with the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion following a successful initial collaboration

The ICM Partners agency has agreed a deal with Major League Wrestling to sell television and streaming rights for the competition

US media company Comcast NBCUniversal has launched SportsTech, a new global accelerator programme for sports technology start-ups

Both title game, entire playoff series shows audience growth

A new 3-on-3 professional ice hockey league called 3ICE is scheduled to debut in North America in 2021

OneSoccer, Mediapro’s OTT sports streaming service in Canada, has acquired exclusive rights to the 2021 and 2023 editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup, the national team tournament for associations from N…

ESPN+, ESPN’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, has gained the exclusive US media rights to Spanish soccer cup competition the Copa del Rey as part of a new multi-year agreement with the Royal Spanish Fo…

The Mountain West Conference has announced a six-year media-rights deal with CBS and Fox Sports for college football and men's basketball games
USA

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.
USA

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.
USA

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.

US online sports betting platform BetMGM has begun offering live streams of sports events as a means of enhancing its service in the rapidly developing US gambling market

The National Basketball Association has announced a multi-year extension of its live content and highlights partnership with Twitter and Turner Sports

The PGA Tour has extended its partnership with Xumo TV, which includes highlights, player interviews, tournament previews, and Featured Holes coverage from PGA Tour Live.

Hockey Canada has announced a long-term media-rights agreement with Canadian broadcasters TSN and RDS which extends through the 2033-34 season, continuing their long-standing partnership that dates back…

First weekend of playoffs continues audience gains for the league shown during the regular season

US sports-focused OTT streaming service fuboTV has dropped Fox's 22 regional sports networks amid rising licensing costs

Subscription OTT streaming platform DAZN should more than double its monthly US subscription fee in order to lock in a long-term commitment from boxing fans, according to Eddie Hearn, managing director…

Comcast is reported to be in advanced negotiations to acquire Xumo, the free, ad-supported streaming service as the US-based cable giant considers ways to ramp up its over-the-top offerings

Audience boost is second in a row after two years of decline, and comes despite poor team performance in top three markets

The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned a contentious ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission concerning the viewing of US television commercials during domestic broadcasts…

Apple has had talks with US college sports property the Pac-12 Conference as it looks to bolster its Apple TV and TV+ OTT video entertainment products

Major League Soccer will have the most comprehensive US broadcast network schedule in league history in its 25th season next year

US Spanish-language sports television channel TUDN and its sister Univision networks combined to generate approximately 50 per cent of all soccer viewership in the United States in 2019, according to parent…

Media company Blake Broadcasting (BBN) has agreed a multi-year deal to broadcast ESL and DreamHack esports tournaments in the United States, Canada and Asia, with the exception of China

The National Basketball Association is looking to continue to experiment with its innovative 5G smartphone broadcast initiative at next year's NBA All Star Game at the United Center in Chicago

Subscription OTT sports streaming platform DAZN has added another leading boxer to its portfolio in the US, after four-division world champion Mikey Garcia signed with the Matchroom Boxing USA agency

Agency to provide media rights evaluation and counsel to Latin American winter baseball leagues

Fox Sports 1's nationally-televised sports betting show Lock It In piloted a special regional edition in the New York area over the weekend.

Major League Soccer team Atlanta United has extended its regional broadcast deals with Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast until 2022

Lagardère, the France-based media conglomerate, has announced plans to sell 75 per cent of the Lagardère Sports agency to H.I.G. Capital, the Miami-based private equity and asset management firm.

Eurovision Services, the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union consortium of public-service broadcasters, has signed a US-focused agreement with outsourced broadcast production company NEP Group

US media company Turner Sports’ ELeague esports property has agreed a wide-ranging tournament and content distribution deal with Electronic Arts focusing on the games developer’s Fifa 20 football title.

Network still expects to set new Olympics sales record

The Learfield IMG College agency has appointed Cole Gahagan, chief commercial officer of licensed sports merchandise manufacturer and retailer Fanatics, as its president of content, revenue and enterprise…