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MP & Silva takes big portfolio of club football rights to Asia

FA set for small increase in Asia with new MP & Silva deal

Cartel makes life hard for Sportfive in Vietnam

Football: Fifa, football’s world governing body, agreed deals in the US, Canada, selected territories in Asia and Australia for its events covering the period 2015 to 2022 (see story this issue).

Euro 2012 fee up in Australia but agency faces a challenge in remaining markets

Starhub will launch a channel to show football tournament but cross carriage regulations mean it will share it with Singtel.

Football: Uefa, European football’s governing body, agreed a series of pay-television and free-to-air television deals for 2012-13 to 2014-15 for the rights to the Champions League and Europa league i…

Football: Hong Kong pay-television operator Now TV acquired the rights to Euro 2012 from the Sportfive agency(page 8)

Asian Games: The organising committee of the 2014 Asian Games signed memorandums of understanding with Korean networks KBS, MBC and SBS, provisionally appointing them as host broadcasters

ESPN Star Sports wins La Liga rights after aggressive bid but could still split in the next 12 months

Lagardère restructure plans prompt key staff departures...UFC targets Asian expansion...Mediapro moves on Portugal...ITV beats BBC-IMG

Mediapro looking to reap rewards for its Liga rights across Asia

Japan withdrawal could hit Traffic Copa revenues ... Sportfive Euro progress in Asia ... Infront narrows down bidders

Multi Channels Asia hoping to ride Asian economic growth and establish a niche

Motorsport: Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF extended its rights deal with Formula One until 2014. The rights include interviews, archive footage, practice and qualifying rounds and the race itself

Archive: UK pay-television operator ESPN agreed an archive sports programming deal with public-service broadcaster the BBC. More than 80 hours of archive footage will be shown on the ESPN Classic channel

Motorsport: Pan-regional broadcaster Eurosport acquired the rights for the Le Mans Cup and Le Mans 24 hours for the next three seasons, from 2011 to 2013, with race organisers Automobile Club de l’Ouest.