Extending and expanding its deal for ATP World Tour 1000 and 500 rights should secure Tennis Channel’s position against the growing sports-rights ambitions of Amazon
The ATP is earning less from market-by-market sales in the Nordics than from the last cycle’s pan-regional deal, after Modern Times Group added World Tour rights in Norway and Sweden to its earlier Denmark deal last month. A separate deal has also been agreed in Finland with MTV3.
Amazon secured its first major sports rights deal in the UK with the acquisition of ATP World Tour 1000 and 500 rights, a move which surprised local experts.
The value of digital rights to ATP events in China has fallen by about 80 per cent in a new deal that replaces its cancelled agreement with streaming platform LeSports.
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.
Aggressive Chinese OTT operator LeSports has cash-flow problems, resulting in delays to payments for many of its deals.
The ATP World Tour earned a strong increase in the value of its rights in Latin America last month after renewing its deal with ESPN.
Pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports has positioned itself as the home of tennis in the Netherlands following deals for ATP and WTA rights in recent weeks.
Tennis Australia has renewed its deal with ESPN for Australian Open rights in Latin America and the Caribbean without putting the rights on the market.
The premier men’s and women’s tennis tours struck new media rights deals in Canada last month, both earning decent rights-fee increases.
German pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland is close to dislodging Sport1 as the holder of ATP World Tour tennis media rights in the country.
The ATP World Tour earned hugely improved terms in new deals covering China and India this month.
Prisa stake at the centre of battle for control of Spanish pay-TV market as Canal Plus spends on rights