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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

UK pay-television operator BT will maintain its investment in England’s Football Conference, the tier below the Football League.

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport renewed its rights to English Premiership Rugby last week, paying a strong increase in rights fee.

Interview with Dominic Hayes, commercial director at Premiership Rugby, on the league’s six-season media rights deal with UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport

Pan-regional sports broadcaster Eurosport is thought to be paying a strong rights fee for Major League Soccer rights across Europe, excluding the UK, in its four-year deal agreed last week.

Irish pay-television broadcaster Setanta is thought to be paying less in its deal, agreed last week, for the Uefa Champions League than it does in the current cycle. Overall, however, Uefa has finished with an increase on the current cycle in Ireland thanks to increases in the value of the free-to-air rights.

It is not yet clear whether Sky’s 83-per-cent increase in spending on Premier League rights was down to a blockbuster first-round bid to see off BT, a second-round reaction to aggressive BT bidding, or a combination of both.

The UK pay-television market delivered another sensational boost to English Premier League revenues yesterday with new live domestic media rights deals worth £5.136bn ($7.8bn/€6.9bn) over the three seasons from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

The National Basketball Association secured a decent rights-fee increase in its extension with UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport earlier this month.

Even in a tournament in which the England national team disappointed, football matches from the Fifa World Cup dominated the top UK television audiences last year

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) could be forced to sell at least some of the rights to the British Open to pay-television if it is to increase the media rights value of the competition.

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines live television audiences in Europe’s five largest markets for motorcycling’s MotoGP world championship

Media rights income for Euroleague basketball is likely to be about the same in the 2014-15 season as it was last season, partly due to difficulties in Russia, one of the sport’s key markets.