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Dubai-based free-to-air broadcaster MBC’s acquisition of Formula One in the Middle East and North Africa could trigger a shake-up in the regional rights market, which could lead to MBC’s backer, Saudi Arabia, becoming a legitimate player.

BeIN Media Group’s public statement on February 8 that it had dropped Formula One because of the rights-holder’s inaction over the threat posed by the Saudi beoutQ pirate service has caused widespread concern among rights-holders. But it may not be enough to push them into legal action against beoutQ.

ASO, IMG and Infront all have big cycling ambitions. That could be bad news for UK's SweetSpot

Handball deal is latest sign of Canal Plus fightback against aggressive Al Jazeera

League gets out of tight corner in Middle East with MP & Silva deal

Augusta National Golf Club has partnered with social media giant Facebook to broadcast the 2019 US Masters to select countries in the Middle East for free

Qatar’s beIN Media Group has announced that the final of this year’s Asian Cup national team football tournament will be shown on its free-to-air channel.

Qatar-based sports and entertainment group beIN Media has made further changes to its senior management by promoting Martin Aurenche to the position of vice-president of sports content

Yousef Al-Obaidly has been promoted to chief executive of Qatar-based sports and entertainment group beIN Media

Features

The Diamond League is working but organisers are realistic about live coverage on major channels

WSG's $1bn rights deal won't be touched by us, say Fifa and AFC

Premier League enjoys massive increases in more key territories but cooling Middle East market provides a major challenge

The Premier League chose to start its international sales in the Americas with good reason: bidding wars are expected in the US and Brazil

Al Jazeera helps Pitch to pull off Brazilian rights coup

New Conmebol event could become replacement for Copa; Why the US is the perfect host

Italian market about to get very hard for rights-holders as Sky and Mediaset cosy up

Final agency bids are in but Uefa still has talking to do to close deal for qualifiers

Italy follows the UK with pay-free F1 split; France could be next if TF1 lowballs

Al Jazeera acquires Copa rights

Al Jazeera holds the key to two big rights tenders but may not bid in either of them

Premier League has listened to ESPN, now it's up to ESPN to decide if it wants to compete with the big boys

Champions League value up by 30% in top 5 European markets

Al Jazeera stocks up in US ahead of channel launch