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Pay-television broadcaster SuperSport kept its Formula One rights fee steady in its latest renewal covering sub-Saharan Africa. But it has lost some exclusivity in the region with the launch of Formula One’s premium OTT service F1 TV Pro.

Uefa secured a 40-per-cent headline increase on the value of its sub-Saharan Africa free-to-air European Championship package in a third successive deal with the TV Media Sport agency.

StarTimes, the Chinese-owned African pay-television broadcaster, was able to exploit regulatory pressure facing rival broadcaster SuperSport and secure exclusive rights to the English FA Cup and Community Shield at a reduced fee.

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.

South African public-service broadcaster SABC has acquired rights to the FA Cup ahead of the quarter-finals of this season’s competition.

Sub-Saharan African pay-television broadcaster SuperSport will broadcast Formula One motor racing until 2022 after agreeing a three-year renewal with the sport’s commercial arm, Formula One Management, S…

Gary Rathbone, the African sports media consultant and former head of sport at pay-television broadcaster StarTimes, is to take up a new role as head of sport at South African public broadcaster the SABC,…

Super Rugby is set for major and permanent change, sparked by the Covid-19 shutdown, according to stakeholders within Sanzaar, the grouping of Southern Hemisphere rugby unions

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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.

Pan-African pay-television broadcaster StarTimes paid a cut-price sum to acquire rights to a host of Uefa national-team events following the demise of rival broadcaster Kwesé TV’s pay-television arm, SportBusiness Media understands.

Infront faces a challenge to refinance its spend on English Premier League free-to-air rights in sub-Saharan Africa, despite spending half as much on the 2019-22 rights compared to the 2016-19 cycle.

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

African pay-television broadcaster SuperSport completed a complex negotiation with the Ultimate Fighting Championship last week, signing off on a new five-year contract. The deal is worth $1.2m (€1.1

South African public-service broadcaster SABC has thanked Cricket South Africa for its “generosity” after the two parties struck a commercial rights deal with no upfront fee.

Pay-television operator StarTimes has acquired a host of European and African football properties in sub-Saharan Africa over the past two months, taking advantage of Kwesé TV’s continuing financial pr…

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.

Gauging the success of IMG’s Serie A international rights acquisition won’t be possible until the end of the cycle given the agency has launched direct-to-consumer offerings in more than 20 markets.

Cricket South Africa has finally delivered a workable concept for a new domestic T20 competition via a joint venture with pay-television broadcaster SuperSport.

Pan-African pay-television operator Kwesé TV says it is “committed to honouring its financial obligations to all rights-holders, production companies and suppliers” after TV Sports Markets learned of missed payments to several rights-holders.

BeIN Media Group has recouped just under 44 per cent of its total fee for Ligue 1 international rights from sublicensing deals in sub-Saharan Africa this month.

Renewing Uefa Champions League rights has cemented SuperSport’s place as the leading pay-television sports broadcaster in sub-Saharan Africa for at least the next four years.

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

BeIN Media Group will launch tenders for French Ligue 1 media rights in Brazil and Latin America next week, TV Sports Markets understands.

Cricket South Africa has filled the gap created by the postponement of this year’s T20 Global League with the T20 Challenge, a decision that will go some way to repairing its relationship with SuperSport

Fox Sports Africa has bolstered its European football content by acquiring rights to the English Football League and the Turkish Süper Lig across sub-Saharan Africa

The Pro14 cross-border rugby union league secured the medium-term future of its new format with the agreement of a lucrative deal across sub-Saharan Africa earlier this month.