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Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, highlights some UK television audiences in the period between Monday 3rd October and Sunday 23rd October

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, highlights some UK television audiences in the period between Monday 19th September and Sunday 2nd October.

Channel 4’s deal last month for British Darts Organisation media rights is the governing body’s largest ever.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to complete a new deal in the UK and Ireland with incumbent broadcaster BT Sport which will more than double its current media-rights income.

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport last month agreed to pay an increase of about 25 per cent to renew Women’s Tennis Association rights.

Negotiations between mixed martial arts promotion the Ultimate Fighting Championship and BT Sport over a renewal of their deal have stalled in recent weeks, leaving the door open to other broadcasters.

The BBC’s desire to renew its FA Cup rights before its charter is renewed helped the English Football Association increase the value of domestic FA Cup media rights by more than 27 per cent.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship bolstered its UFC Fight Pass OTT subscription service last month, maintaining its position as the world’s most content-rich combat channel.

Securing some Scottish club football on an exclusive basis was the primary reason BT Sport invested in rights to the revamped Scottish League Cup competition.

Telco Altice last week blindsided French broadcasters to acquire Premier League rights in the country with a knockout first-round bid.

Scottish football will remain split between pay-television broadcasters after a clause in Sky’s contract triggered an early renewal process.

Sky paid a significant fee to secure rights to England’s tour of Bangladesh in 2016. The deal ensures Sky has rights to all England international cricket for the next two years.

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport this week blindsided its main rival Sky by picking up Ashes cricket rights, paying a rights-fee increase of about 20 per cent.

Joseph Rivers, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines free-to-air television audiences in the big five European markets for the 2014-15 Uefa Europa League

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines television audiences in the UK for the 2014-15 English Premier League season