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Ecclestone bolsters control by agreeing long-term television deals

Olympics:  The Bell Globemedia-Rogers Communications consortium won the Canadian rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics

Uefa was disappointed with the EBU’s final presentation

CBC has come under widespread criticism for bidding too low for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics

there were three reasons for the unexpectedly high bid from the consortium of Bell Globemedia and Rogers

The Bell Globemedia-Rogers bid is a huge rise on what CBC paid

Failure of Canadian public-service broadcaster CBC to hold on to the television and new-media rights for the Olympic Games

Nascar will get a big increase in television rights fees

Television broadcasters are having difficulty making use of the matching-rights options they negotiated in earlier contracts.

Major League Baseball may have left negotiations with the US television networks too late to sell its main rights package for an increased fee.

SBS6 acquired the exclusive rights for all Professional Darts Corporation events in the Netherlands.

Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.

Golf: The US PGA Tour signed new six-year deals with the CBS and NBC networks, from 2007 to 2012.

• Formula One: German free-to-air sports broadcaster DSF acquired a package of Formula One rights for the 2007 season.

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

Television rights division snapped up by rival IMG

$612 million deal signed by the Nimbus Sport agency for worldwide television rights for cricket played in India is looking increasingly risky.

First ever tie in ski-jumping’s Four Hills tournament attracts huge television audiences.

Uefa's stumbling block in rights negotions for Euro 2008