BeIN Sports (Middle East)

Fox Sports Latin America and ESPN International were forced to increase their fee for the Uefa Champions League and Europa League pay-television rights in Latin America this month to see off aggressive rival bids from Qatari-owned broadcaster beIN Sports and Spanish telco Telefónica.

The International Tennis Federation is in advanced negotiations with Qatari pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports over a lucrative, long-term global rights deal for Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis matches, TV Sports Markets understands.

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports is to offer a one-month free extension to its online streaming service after customers were denied access to coverage of some of last weekend’s matches from football’s English Premier League.

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports opened its coverage of football’s English Premier League with a restricted service in the United Arab Emirates at the weekend as it continues to battle against piracy issues.

Rupert Murdoch’s two Italian pay-television businesses – the Sky Italia satellite platform and the Fox Sports premium channel – reinforced their football portfolios this week as rival operator Mediaset inched closer to a deal to sell a stake in its Mediaset Premium platform to Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports.

Lebanon's Court of Urgent Matters has said that it has no jurisdiction to consider a lawsuit filed by pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports against state broadcaster Tele Liban over coverage of football’s Fifa World Cup.

The MP & Silva agency agreed deals with the three leading pay-television operators in Belgium last week for the Belgian Pro League but still has an uphill struggle to avoid losing money on the contract.

France’s top football league, Ligue 1, has become the third major rights-holder in just over a month to renew a long-term media-rights deal many years in advance without an open tender.

Interviews with Matt Brabants, senior vice president of global media distribution and business operations, and Elsa Memmi, vice president of global media distribution across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on the NBA’s global media rights strategy.

The IMG agency believes that the recent deals it secured with 30 broadcasters for the newly-launched FIA World Rallycross Championship are a strong indication that the agency’s long-term investment in the sport will pay off.

Last Friday’s French football league rights auction put a large hole in the theory that Al Jazeera-owned pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports is an unstoppable force bent on dominating the local market

The ICC’s ambitious income target for its next cycle of media rights sales

Sports media and technology company Supponor has appointed Roger Hall, currently managing director of pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports for the Middle East and Africa, as its new chief executive.

Formula One enjoys big rights fee increase in Latin America deal with Mediapro

Mediapro explains why F1 deal reflects the company’s DNA

Telefónica piles more pressure on Prisa with exclusive deals for Formula One and MotoGP in Spain

MP & Silva needs new buyers to emerge for Belgian league rights

Prisa stake at the centre of battle for control of Spanish pay-TV market as Canal Plus spends on rights