Sub-Saharan Africa

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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.

Kenyan multi-media company The Standard Group has acquired exclusive local rights to broadcast the 2019 Magical Kenya Open, which is being played at Karen Golf and Country Club this week

Fifa, football’s global governing body, issued on Tuesday a tender in sub-Saharan Africa for rights to a number of events to be held in 2019, including the Women’s World Cup in France.

The Confederation of African Football has launched a tender seeking an agency to commercialise the terrestrial free-to-air broadcast rights in the sub-Saharan region to a range of competitions from 2019…

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has revealed details of its plan to make major sporting events available free-to-air in the country

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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.

The expansion of the cross-border Pro12 rugby union competition, following the addition of two South African teams this week, has been driven by three factors: the desire to improve the competitiveness of the league, the aim of bringing its media-rights revenues closer into line with its rivals, and the availability of the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings.

World Wrestling Entertainment has continued its transition into a pay-television property outside the US, moving away from free-to-air to sign a four-year deal with SuperSport in sub-Saharan Africa

The International basketball federation (Fiba) has earned a huge increase in the value of its rights in sub-Saharan Africa, buoyed by this year’s AfroBasket being held in Angola

SuperSport and Kwesé Sports will once again share the spoils of a major national-team football property in sub-Saharan Africa, this time via a simulcast deal on an unprecedented scale.

SuperSport is understood to have paid an increase of about 30 per cent to retain its English Premier League rights in sub-Saharan Africa, beating competition from Econet and StarTimes to win in the first round of bidding.