Spain

Football: New Spanish commercial channel La Sexta, which launched last week, acquired the rights to this year’s World Cup.

Fernando Alonso’s strong start to the Formula One season continued to attract Spanish viewers this season.

The value of Formula One television rights in Spain has more than trebled, as a result of the high ratings attracted by local driver Fernando Alonso

Sogecable is to end its financial backing of European club basketball’s top-tier league, the Euroleague

Men's World Handball Championships in Germany attracts big audiences across Europe

Commonwealth Games:  UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the rights to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in a deal with the Fastrack agency, which is selling the rights on behalf of the organisers.

Antena 3 is making a big push to buy sports rights

Football: Russia’s Premier League is set to sign a three-year deal worth $17m (£9m/€13m) a season for its rights from the 2005 season with the Fedcom-media agency

The Spanish football federation is considering launching its own television channel

·   Football: Polish public-service broadcaster TVP and commercial broadcaster Polsat agreed a joint-deal for the 2006 World Cup with the Infront agency worth €15m (£10.3m).  TVP

Spanish Primera Liga club Real Madrid was the world’s biggest earning club in 2004-05.

Versatel has jumped into the vanguard of an emerging movement by telecoms companies to seriously challenge broadcasters for live television rights.

Formula One Management to take over host-broadcasting from 2007 season.

Football: French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 reportedly acquired the rights for football's Euro 2008 in a deal brokered by the Sportfive agency.

Spanish pay-TV operator's dominance in football rights market under threat after regulator accuses it of being a monopoly.

Polish television has agreed a deal for football’s 2006 World Cup after months of negotiations with the Infront agency.