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South African pay-television broadcaster Supersport is finalising deals to renew its rights for Sanzaar and South African Rugby Union properties for the 2021-25 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s new deal with the South African Football Association was agreed at a more than 50-per-cent reduction on the pair’s previous rights agreement, with the broadcaster’s financial difficulties key to the decline.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation secured a steep fall in total outlay in its sublicensing renewal with pay-television broadcaster SuperSport for the country’s top-tier Premier Soccer League.

South African pay-television operator Multichoice is facing the biggest challenge in its 26-year history in the form of a two-pronged regulatory attack on its dominant position in the country’s sports-rights market.

Econet closes its African pay-TV platform and agrees repayment schedule with rights-holders Rights-holders affected by closure include the IOC, the NBA, Fifa and Uefa

South African broadcast and telecoms regulator Icasa has targeted the end of September by which to publish the details of its long-awaited sports broadcast regulations

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is set to receive more than ZAR1bn (€58.4m/$64.2m) in a major financial boost from the country’s Treasury. This latest bailout is worth ZAR1.1bn

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has acquired the rights to a host of events held by Athletics South Africa until the end of the 2020 season

South African free-to-air direct broadcast provider OpenView has added to its sports portfolio, acquiring free-to-air rights to Germany’s Bundesliga for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

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Cricket South Africa has decided not to cancel its domestic T20 competition – set to start on November 9 – despite the absence of a media-rights deal, major stars or even a name.

Rights to three of sub-Saharan Africa’s most popular domestic leagues are on the market, though their fortunes are likely to differ wildly.

John Manning, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews television audiences in selected key cricket markets for the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament

John Manning, research anaylst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines Rugby World Cup television audiences in the major rugby union markets.

Pay-television broadcaster Siyaya is yet to launch in South Africa, calling into question whether or not matches of the South African national football team will be broadcast, TV Sports Markets understands.

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews the most-watched events of 2013 across 10 of the world’s biggest media markets E

Why Premiership Rugby looked no further than 'expert' partner Pitch for its international sales contract

Premiership Rugby: Why it’s the right time to launch an international club sevens tournament

World Cup rights fee falls in Nigeria but increases in sub-Saharan Africa as Fifa keeps faith with AUB and Octagon

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

IOC carves out five more Asian markets to handle in-house and further weaken ABU rights; Frustrated Barton blasts ABU

ECB bullish about growth in North America

Agency defends Cup of Nations fee demands which broadcasters in Nigeria say are 'unsustainable'

Pauline McVey, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews the most-watched events of 2012 across 10 of the world’s biggest media markets W

New West Indies deal reflects changing world order in cricket

Premier League turns to trusted partners in Africa and Singapore

BT Vision ambitions shake up UK rights market

Deal in Australia takes ESS over $100m profit threshold for global ICC rights sales