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The collapse of Telekom Malaysia’s deal for domestic football rights is part of a politically-driven restructuring at the government-linked telco that has seen it exit the entire sports rights market, local industry experts say.

English Premier League rights are set to fall in value in yet more Asian markets, with weak competition triggering a 32 per cent drop in the value of its rights in Japan and the Philippines.

The English Premier League has avoided a dramatic decrease in the value of its rights in Vietnam after media group Canal Plus swooped in following the collapse of talks between the league and social media giant Facebook.

The Dentsu agency got off to a good start in its 2020 and 2022 Olympics rights sales in Southeast Asia, striking a deal in Singapore that delivered a fee increase and avoided a repeat of the fraught negotiations for Rio 2016.

The value of English Premier League rights has fallen significantly in Singapore and declined once again in Malaysia with each country’s incumbent rights-holder needing to cut costs internally and facing little external competition.

Media company Canal Plus Group, through its subsidiary K Plus, has acquired exclusive rights in Vietnam to football’s English Premier League. The three-season deal covers the 2019-20 to 2021-22 campaigns.

SIS, a provider of end-to-end products and services to the betting and broadcast industries, has extended its rights deal with Singapore Pools

Singaporean media company Mediacorp has secured rights to the 2020 summer Olympic Games and 2022 winter Olympic Games, both of which will be held in Asia

The Malaysian Football League, organising body of club football competitions in the country, is seeking a new main partner after agreeing to terminate its contract with telco Telekom Malaysia

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The value of Ultimate Fighting Championship rights has fallen in the Philippines, but local sources say the result is still a good one for the promotion and its owner, IMG, given current market dynamics

The Premier League secured an uplift of more than 40 per cent in its deal in Indonesia with new-entry pay-television operator Mola TV, SportBusiness Media has learned

Fox Sports Asia’s new two-and-a-half-season deal with IMG for Serie A rights in Singapore and Malaysia, is understood to be worth about $7m (€6.1m) for both territories combined, equating to about $2.3m

The beIN Media Group has so far been the main beneficiary of the DAZN Group’s decision to delay the launch of its OTT service in Southeast Asia.

Facebook has finally emerged as a major player in the global sports rights-market Acquisition strategy is highly targeted, with India and Latin America among priorities

The Infront agency has already exceeded its guarantee to Fifa for rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups across Asia with rights to the 2022 tournament still to sell in all but its most-valuable market, China, TV Sports Markets understands.

Facebook has acquired English Premier League rights in Vietnam, its second deal for the league’s rights in a major Southeast Asian market.

Social media company Facebook has beaten an incumbent pay-television broadcaster to media rights of a flagship property for the first time, TV Sports Markets understands.

Digital media company Perform is close to agreeing a deal for Uefa Champions League and Europa League rights across five Southeast Asian markets, TV Sports Markets understands.

The 2018 Olympic Games was shown live in Singapore after a late deal with pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports, which showed some coverage free-to-air.

The Football Association of Malaysia has earned a significant sum for its media rights after opting to split them between online streaming service iflix and telco Telekom Malaysia.

The Infront agency, which is consulting the Chinese Basketball Association on the sale of its international media rights on a deal-by-deal basis, struck the CBA’s deal across Southeast Asia with Sportsfix this month.

WWE’s value in Malaysia has stayed flat in a new deal with pay-television broadcaster Astro.

MP & Silva’s deal with OTT platform Sportsfix this month will ensure Serie A coverage in Malaysia for the first time in almost two years.

Pay-television broadcaster Astro is close to renewing its deal for Uefa national team rights in Malaysia, TV Sports Markets understands.