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US pay-television network ESPN beat commercial networks NBC and Fox to win rights to the revived World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

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US network NBC this week agreed a deal to show the 2017 America’s Cup, holding off strong interest in the rights from other US broadcasters. Oracle Team USA is the holder of the Cup.

The resurrected World Cup of Hockey will join the National Hockey League on pay-television broadcaster Rogers Sportsnet in Canada following a deal agreed late last month.

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The CBS network’s renewal of its deal with the US National Football League for its Thursday Night Football package underlines the incredible power of the league in the US television market.

Uefa has agreed a raft of Champions League and Europa League rights deals, securing fee increases in each territory, TV Sports Markets understands.

Mike Kiernan and Lukas Zajancauskas look at football's rights-fee growth in the North American market, and compare it to traditional leading US sports properties.

The international skiing federation this week welcomed the European Broadcasting Union’s deal in the US for Austrian World Cup skiing events.

The breadth and depth of coverage the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games will achieve in Canada is seen by the International Olympic Committee as an acceptable trade-off for a minimal increase in media-rights income.

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Interview with Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures, on the new MLS/SUM eight-year deal with IMG Events & Media.

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There are three main reasons why the National Basketball Association secured a 180-per-cent increase in the value of its domestic media rights this month, according to US rights experts.

Canadian pay-television broadcaster Rogers Communications’ acquisition of the English-language regional rights to Montreal Canadiens games this month was driven by its desire to offer the full complement of Canadiens games in English on mobile and online platforms.

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Private equity company Bridgepoint Capital could exploit the global expansion ambitions of the two major US sports marketing companies – WME/IMG and CAA – to secure a price in excess of €1bn ($1.32bn) for the Infront Sports & Media agency, experts say.

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US investment company RSE Ventures enjoyed a substantial increase in the value of the global media rights for the 2014 International Champions Cup, the summer friendly club tournament involving some of Europe’s top clubs.

Mike Kiernan, Analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, looks at television audiences in the major European markets and America for the 2014 Fifa World Cup

Formula One has earned a significant increase in its rights value in Canada thanks to intense competition between pay-television broadcasters.