Globo pounces on Fiba rights in Brazil after Turner deal cancelled

Reports in Brazil suggest the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) will receive no media rights income from the country until at least 2020, after its deal with Esporte Interativo collapsed.

Pay-television broadcaster Esporte Interativo closed last month as its parent company, media group Turner, wanted to focus on its free-to-air and OTT services in Brazil. As a result, it cancelled its deal with Fiba and handed back the rights.

Fiba has struck a deal with media group Globo to ensure Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers, the 2019 Women’s World Cup, 2019 Men’s World Cup and the 2019 Women’s AmeriCup will be shown in Brazil. All Fiba events will be shown on Globo’s pay-television SporTV channels.

The Máquina do Esporte website reports that Globo will not pay a rights fee, and that its deal will expire at the end of 2019.