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The value of US Open tennis rights in Australia and New Zealand increased slightly last month, despite Australian incumbent Fox Sports choosing not to renew its deal.

Football Federation Australia earned a substantial increase in the value of its international media rights in a deal with the IMG agency last month.

New Zealand’s uncompetitive media-rights market made life difficult for IMG’s sale of Rugby League World Cup rights.

Cricket Australia will earn about A$65,000 (€46,000/$49,000) per season from free-to-air deals struck in Fiji and Papua New Guinea late last year.

Football Federation Australia’s new domestic deal for top-tier A-League rights has succeeded in squeezing a good increase from an uncompetitive landscape.

MP & Silva has struggled to refinance its investment in English Premier League rights across Asia-Pacific, outside Japan, TV Sports Markets understands.

Commercial broadcaster Nine will pay between A$3.5m (€2.4m/$2.7m) and A$4m for free-to-air rights to the Australian national team’s remaining 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand this month stepped in to acquire PGA Tour golf rights after streaming service Coliseum negotiated the termination of its deal.

Deals for Australia’s new top-tier netball competition signify a strong commitment from broadcasters to women’s sport and could signal a step-change in revenue earned by Netball Australia.

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven earlier this month maintained its hold on Rugby League World Cup rights at a significantly increased fee.

Sky New Zealand’s renewal of Olympic Games rights last month is the latest in a string of long-term deals agreed by the International Olympic Committee.

John Manning, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews television audiences in selected key cricket markets for the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament

Telco Optus’s surprise deal for English Premier League rights in Australia last November created the opportunity for its partnering with public-service broadcaster SBS last month.

New media player Coliseum has developed into a pan-Asian service and will wind down operations in its home market of New Zealand.

Interview with Coliseum founder Tim Martin, on the launch of the pan-Asian Rugby Pass OTT service, and the company’s scaling back in New Zealand.