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US broadcasters CBS and Turner agreed to pay a 43-per-cent fee increase to lock down NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship rights until 2032.

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Increasing the value of its Thursday Night Football rights while dividing content once more illustrates the sheer power of the National Football League.

The premier men’s and women’s tennis tours struck new media rights deals in Canada last month, both earning decent rights-fee increases.

Kickboxing promotion Glory will cement its place on US sports broadcaster ESPN for all of 2016, TV Sports Markets understands.

Canadian public-service broadcaster CBC paid a small increase to extend its deal with the International Olympic Committee to cover the 2022 and 2024 Games.

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Uefa opened its international competition rights to the US market early in its sales cycle to take advantage of the competitive environment, and was rewarded with a significant uplift.

John Manning, research anaylst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines US Open tennis television audiences in selected European markets and the USA

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NBCUniversal blew its rivals out of the water to retain Premier League rights in the US earlier this month – the league’s first deal in its new international sales cycle.

Lukas Zajancauskas, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences for this year's Fifa Women's World Cup.

The Canadian Football League jumped at the chance to guarantee income well into the future by extending its deal with TSN late last month.

Interview with Jeffrey Orridge, new commissioner of the Canadian Football League, about extending its deal with pay-television broadcasters TSN and RDS to 2021.

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NBC Sports is understood to have paid a significant increase to prise rights to golf’s British Open from its long-term American home on ESPN.

Canadian pay-television sports broadcasters TSN and RDS trebled their rights fee and their guarantees for coverage of French Open tennis in last week’s renewal.

Fifa avoided the prospect of going back into a US court by agreeing to extend its World Cup rights deal with Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Sports last month. But getting off the legal hook comes at a price, in terms of questions about Fifa’s governance and also, possibly, in having sold the rights at well below market value.

The amounts paid for the rights to the 2026 World Cup by Fox and Telemundo in the US and Bell Media in Canada are unconfirmed