South America

Football: Jamaican commercial broadcaster CVM TV sublicensed rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup competitions from Caribbean sports cable operator SportsMax

Domestic league does not control its own rights, and pay-TV coverage is pushing fans towards free-to-air European football

Torneos and Clarín give in to demand for big fee increase

Bid of over R$500 million per season bid a possibility as Record prepares to launch new sports channel

Football: Pay-operator Premiere acquired the Austrian pay-television rights for the top two domestic leagues, the Bundesliga and the Zac Erste division, in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10

Basketball: Spanish commercial broadcaster La Sexta acquired the rights to this year’s basketball World Championships in a deal with Fiba, the international basketball federation.

Football: UK commercial operator ITV and pay-broadcaster Setanta acquired the rights for the FA Cup knock-out competition and England national team matches in a four-year, £425m (€623m) deal with the En…

Olympics: Brazilian free-to-air broadcaster TV Record acquired the Brazilian media rights across all platforms for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2012 Olympics Games in London in a $60m (£31m/€45m) de…

Some larger clubs in favour of breaking with traditional broadcast partner, despite threat of legal action

Brazilian commercial broadcaster pays huge fee to capture important rights deal

Football: Caribbean sports cable channel SportsMax acquired the free-to-air and pay-television rights for all Fifa events from 2007 to 2014 in a deal worth $18m (£9.3m/€13.7m). 

TV Azteca and Televisa have unofficially agreed not to compete for football

Brazilian broadcaster agrees to sublicense premium channels to pay television rivals

Football: South African public-service broadcaster SABC acquired a package of free-to-air rights for English football’s Premier League in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10. 

Football: Greek public-service broadcaster ERT acquired the free-to-air rights for all 31 matches of Euro 2008 in a €9.5m (£6.5m) deal with the Sportfive agency. It is the first deal done for the championship.

Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.

Formula One Management to take over host-broadcasting of Formula One series from this season.