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Horseracing: Australian free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network acquired live rights to 13 premier race meetings in 2007 from  the Australian Racing Board, which brokered the deal through TVN, owners of …

Australian Rules: Australian pay-television operator Foxtel acquired pay-television rights for the Australian Football League in a sub-licensing deal worth A$315

Football: Free-to-air broadcasters HRT (Croatia), RUV (Iceland) and TV3 (Slovenia), acquired exclusive live rights to all 31 matches of Euro 2008 in deals with the Sportfive agency, which is marketing…

Changes sought to make rights easier to sell on

The games may be great, but timing hits key audience

Cricket Australia has surprised television sports experts by not going out to tender when it awarded exclusive rights for Australian cricket to Nine network

Ice hockey:  Finnish ice-hockey’s domestic SM-liiga signed a three-year joint-deal with pay-television operator Canal Plus Nordic and free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nelonen worth about €3.7m (£2.5m) a

Football: Czech commercial broadcaster Prima TV acquired the rights for Euro 2008, paying €4m (£2.6m) in a deal brokered by the Sportfive agency.

Cricket:  Indian pay-television broadcaster Sony Entertainment Television acquired the international rights to this month’s India v Pakistan tour for $11.5m (£6m/€8.7m).

Network Ten the only free-to-air bidder for 2007 US Masters

sale of the Australian free-to-air rights for this summer’s England v Australia Ashes cricket series is a blow to pay-broadcaster Fox Sports

Top markets may be carved out from European television-rights deal for 2014 and 2016 Olympics

Australia’s television networks are gearing up for the first of several fierce rights battles

Football: Russia’s Premier League is set to sign a three-year deal worth $17m (£9m/€13m) a season for its rights from the 2005 season with the Fedcom-media agency

·   Football: The Dentsu and Infront agencies acquired the Rest of Asia rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups in a deal with Fifa, football’s world governing body.  De

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

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.