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