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.
Market so bad in Spain that Telecinco expects to make
Finnish deal takes Infront closer to global control of skiing rights but agency denies that it paid a strategic fee for the rights
Kentaro hits the German jackpot, Sportfive stoical on draw
Basketball: US cable sports channel Versus acquired rights for 16 games of the 2009-10 season of the NBA Develop-ment League, the official minor league basketball competition, in a deal with the NBA.
Sportfive, Kentaro, IMG get plenty of ties against the big five teams; Infront do not fare so well
Basketball: The US National Basketball Association signed deals for this season with 164 broadcasters covering 215 countries.