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Australia’s National Rugby League this week said its unprecedented decision to strike a deal for free-to-air rights ahead of negotiating pay-television rights had contributed to its record total media-rights income.

MP & Silva’s clean sweep of markets in the Premier League’s second group of Asia-Pacific rights sales has reasserted the agency’s position in the region.

John Manning, research anaylst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines Rugby World Cup television audiences in the major rugby union markets.

England’s Premier League this week completed the first set of deals across Asia for its rights in the 2016-17 to 2018-19 cycle, with mixed results. It saw significant increases in value from Australia and New Zealand, but a decline in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, while Malaysia and Myanmar are proving difficult.

The new deal with Racing Victoria, the representative body of the state’s four racing clubs, covers domestic and international broadcast rights, plus digital rights.

The German Bundesliga rounded off its international sales cycle this month, with deals in Australia and New Zealand.

Nine’s capture of additional National Rugby League free-to-air rights helped drive a record fee for the Aussie Rules Australian Football League, as both codes agreed new deals this month.

The thoroughbred racing clubs of Victoria eschewed an immediately lucrative offer for their rights from Sky Racing in favour of launching a new channel with commercial broadcaster Seven.

The beIN Media Group has agreed a deal for Champions League and Europa League rights in Australia, TV Sports Markets understands.

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven will broadcast the 2015 and 2017 World Championships run by Fina, the global governing body of aquatic sports. Fina, and its marketing agent Dentsu, had failed to agree a deal covering the 2013 event in the country.

The National Rugby League’s decision to accelerate its sales process means the two biggest sport properties in Australia will negotiate new deals simultaneously.

Formula One Management earned a significant increase in the value of its rights in Australia last month by allowing a pay-television broadcaster to acquire rights to the championship for the first time in the country.

Lightbox Sport, the joint venture between New Zealand online subscription services Coliseum and Lightbox launched last month, will be an aggressive competitor for sports rights, according to Coliseum founder…

Online subscription service Coliseum Sports Media continued to shake up the previously moribund New Zealand market with the acquisition of the US PGA Tour this month.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has paid a significantly increased fee to hold on to New Zealand’s domestic cricket rights, facing one rival bidder and the threat of new market entrants.