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The English Premier League has increased the value of its rights in 27 territories across Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia in two separate deals, after carving out Bulgaria to capitalise on…

The Mediapro agency has sealed several last-minute deals with IMG and Saran Media across Eastern Europe for rights to Spain’s LaLiga, after cancelling its deal with MP & Silva.

LaLiga has taken back its rights in a series of Eastern European countries from the MP & Silva agency and will re-tender them, TV Sports Markets understands.

The Pragosport agency last month extended its deal for global rights to the Czech First League – the Czech Republic’s top-tier football league – and immediately secured a domestic deal with pay-television broadcaster O2 for rights in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

After almost an entire season without Bundesliga coverage in the Czech Republic – and limited coverage in Slovakia – the Pragosport agency has this month struck a deal covering both territories.

Pay-television broadcaster O2 has renewed rights to Women’s Tennis Association events in the Czech Republic for a further three years, from 2020 to 2022.

Pay-television broadcaster Digi Sport has renewed its rights to the English Premier League in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, from 2019-20

Media group AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe has agreed a new multi-year distribution agreement with subsidiaries of Deutsche Telekom in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Italy’s Lega Serie A last week announced new deals for its club-competition rights covering a host of markets.

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Uefa has reversed the falling value of its club competition media rights in Cyprus via an exclusive deal with telco Cyta.

Uefa has more than doubled the value of its club competitions in Czech Republic and Slovakia by striking an exclusive deal for the Champions League with pay-television broadcaster O2.

Uefa has earned a significant increase in the value of its national team rights across Eastern Europe, justifying its decision to sell market-by-market in the region.

The sublicensing deals agreed this week by Discovery Communications with public-service broadcasters in Slovakia and Slovenia for the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games fit the pattern of others agreed so far in Europe: public-service broadcasters paying higher fees for fewer rights than they had in 2014 and 2016.

The aggressiveness of telco Telekom Srbija was a driving factor in increases in the value of the rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League in the Balkans.

Media rights income for Euroleague basketball is likely to be about the same in the 2014-15 season as it was last season, partly due to difficulties in Russia, one of the sport’s key markets.

Sport1’s deal last week for the rights to the National Hockey League means the sports broadcaster now has exclusive rights to each of the four top North American sports leagues.

First European deals point to increase despite some drops

Finnish deal takes Infront closer to global control of skiing rights but agency denies that it paid a strategic fee for the rights

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