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Pay-television broadcaster Digiturk and Spanish football’s LaLiga have ended their contract in Turkey due to the former's difficulties meeting its financial obligations amid continued weakness in the country’s currency, SportBusiness Media understands, leaving the league without a broadcast partner.

Euroleague Basketball has capitalised on the sport’s increasing popularity in Turkey to successfully raise the value of the top-tier EuroLeague by over two-thirds in its renewal with pay-television broadcaster Digiturk.

Turkish pay-television broadcaster Digiturk will pay nearly a fifth less per season in dollar terms for exclusive global rights to the country’s top-tier domestic football league, following protracted negotiations with the Turkish Football Federation and the league’s clubs.

Turkish agency Saran has negotiated a price reduction for rights to the English Premier League for the 2019-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands, the first time it has achieved this since acquiring the property at the turn of the decade.

BeIN-owned Turkish broadcaster Digiturk has presented the Turkish Football Federation with a proposal to drastically alter its deal for rights to the Turkish Süper Lig after a depreciation in local currency caused costs to balloon, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Saran Media agency has agreed a one-season extension for the exclusive broadcast rights in Turkey to the EuroCup, the second-tier European club basketball competition

Sports AI and data company Stats Perform has extended deals with beIN Media Group for betting video rights to club competitions organised by the French Football League (LFP) and Turkish Football Federation

Colombian pay-television broadcaster Win Sports has acquired exclusive rights in the country to the Süper Lig, the top tier of Turkish club football.

Digiturk, the beIN Media Group-owned pay-TV broadcaster, has agreed a three-season deal from 2019-20 onwards for the exclusive rights to Euroleague basketball in Turkey

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Media groups beIN and Saran are seeking to renegotiate their Uefa club competition media rights deals in Turkey, as the further depreciation of the Turkish lira against the euro, dollar and pound has inflated…

Türk Telekom has agreed a shock deal for rights to the country’s Basketbol Süper Ligi, unseating beIN – the league’s preferred partner – with a huge bid.

Saran Media has renewed its Formula One rights in Turkey for the next three years, from 2018 to 2020, in a deal thought to have remained roughly flat on the previous cycle

The Infront agency is likely to benefit from relatively strong competition for domestic rights to the Turkish basketball league in its tender, despite difficult market conditions in the country.

BeIN Media Group has acquired Uefa Champions League rights in Turkey for a slightly reduced fee, meaning it will show both of the governing body’s club competitions from 2018-19 onward.

Saran Media is set to acquire rights to the Uefa Europa League in Turkey for a marginally smaller fee than the governing body’s allocation in the current cycle, TV Sports Markets understands.

The depreciation of the Turkish lira since 2014 continues to hurt the value of football rights in the country. Italy’s Serie A, the German Bundesliga and – most significantly – Turkey’s domestic cup, have all been affected.

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has completed its set of grand slam tennis rights in Turkey and Central Asia, acquiring Wimbledon rights from Saran Media in a three-year deal.

BeIN Media Group, which owns Turkish pay-television operator Digiturk, is considering opening its own free-to-air sports channel in the country.

The Turkish Süper Lig’s tender structure has been drastically changed shortly before bids are due on November 21, making incumbent broadcaster Digiturk the clear favourite to renew its rights.

Türk Telekom has acquired rights to an assortment of European basketball leagues in recent weeks to compensate for its lack of Euroleague and Turkish domestic league coverage.

The Saran Media agency will become Turkey’s newest sports broadcaster in November, abandoning its role as a broker of media-rights deals in favour of exploiting rights itself.

The MP & Silva agency has secured a solid increase in the value of Serie A media rights in Turkey, but will wait to see how the market develops before committing to a deal for more than one season.

Political turmoil, arguments over price and the beginning of Turkish Süper Lig negotiations has created a logjam in the Turkish sports-rights market, badly affecting rights-holders including the International Olympic Committee and the English Premier League.

The revamp of Turkish professional football agreed earlier this month, which will give Süper Lig clubs control over their media-rights sales, has been guided by sports consultancy Opto Advisers.

The Saran Media agency’s barter deal with Turkish commercial broadcaster TV8 for National Basketball Association rights demonstrates how local interest in the NBA has waned over the last two years.

Turkish state broadcaster TRT is set to sublicense a package of Euro 2016 matches to pay-television operator Digiturk.

The Saran Media agency has suffered mixed fortunes in Turkey over the last fortnight, securing rights to England’s Premier League but losing out on Euro 2016 to Turkish state broadcaster TRT.

Fox’s deal to sublicense rights to the 2016 Olympic Games in Turkey to the Saran Media agency marks the end of its failed experiment with sport in the Turkish market.