· Football: Polish public-service broadcaster TVP and commercial broadcaster Polsat agreed a joint-deal for the 2006 World Cup with the Infront agency worth €15m (£10.3m). TVP is paying €10m and will show the bulk of games, including those of the Polish team. Polsat is paying €5m and will show matches on its Polsat Cyfrowy pay-channel.
· Football: Vietnamese broadcasters Ho Chi Minh Television and Vietnam Television acquired the rights for the 2006 World Cup in a deal worth $3m (£1.7m/€2.6m) with the FPT software company that had acquired the rights from the Infront agency. They beat off competition from cable broadcaster Vietnam Television Cable.
· Football: German sports broadcaster DSF signed a three-year deal with pay-platform Premiere for DSF to show 13 Champions League matches a year from the 2006-07 season.
· Football: Italian joint-venture agency Media Partners & Silva confirmed it had acquired the international television rights to Serie A’s three top clubs, Juventus, AC Milan and Internazionale, for the three-year period from 2007-08 to 2009-10 (TV Sports Markets exclusive story, 10:2). The joint-venture will pay Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset €40m (£27.4m) a year for the rights, a sum which also covers the rights to
Media Partners & Silva now represents the rights to 18 Italian clubs from the 2007-08 season, including 10 Serie A clubs, AC Milan, Internazionale, Juventus, Lazio, Fiorentina, Roma (pending the Mediaset option), Messina, Cagliari, Treviso and Lecce, seven Serie B clubs, Torino, Catania, Bologna, Cesena, Mantova, Bari and Triestina, and Serie C club Genoa.
· Football: The Kentaro agency acquired the international rights of the Cypriot, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian and Swedish football federations. All the deals cover at least the Euro 2008 qualifying matches.
· Football: Spanish commercial broadcaster Telecinco acquired the rights to the Copa del Rey final and the Supercopa in a three-year deal, from 2006 to 2008, with the
· Motorcycling: Spanish commercial broadcaster Telecinco acquired the rights for the World Superbike Championship in a one-year deal for 2006, replacing Forta, the consortium of regional channels. Telecinco will broadcast live coverage on both its main free-to-air channel and its new digital terrestrial service Telecinco Sport.
· Football: Maltese cable operator Melita Cable acquired the rights for the Champions League in a deal for the remainder of the 2005-06 season. The deal covers all matches apart from the one match a week broadcast by free-to-air channel PBS.
· Formula One: Maltese cable operator Melita Cable acquired exclusive live rights for Formula One in a three-year deal from 2006 to 2008.