Confederation of African Football (Caf)

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South African pay-television operator Multichoice is facing the biggest challenge in its 26-year history in the form of a two-pronged regulatory attack on its dominant position in the country’s sports-rights market.

The Confederation of African Football has made good on a two-year-old promise to renegotiate its mammoth global media and marketing rights deal with Lagardère Sports, but not its promise to earn more money for its rights.

Lagardère Sports has completed 18 free-to-air deals in sub-Saharan Africa for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, pushing deals over the line with discounted prices and the inclusion of several other tournaments.

On January 4, the Egyptian Competition Authority accused Caf of contravening Egyptian competition law – specifically laws surrounding abuse of a dominant position.

Lagardère Sports is distributing free-to-air rights to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations itself in a marked change from its previous strategy of sublicensing rights in sub-Saharan Africa to another agency.

Fifa has said that – if Caf hands over centralised rights to World Cup qualifiers – it can double the revenue African football’s governing body currently earns from the property. F

The Confédération Africaine de Football (Caf) has pledged to join other major rights holders in a legal battle against Saudi Arabian pirate channel BeoutQ after mass piracy affected all 36 of the Africa C…

US entertainment company AMC Networks' central Europe division has acquired rights in the Czech Republic to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations national team football tournament

The African Union of Broadcasting has agreed a deal in principle on free-to-air rights in the sub-Saharan region to the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and other competitions out to…

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Italian premium sports channel Fox Sports acquired rights in the country to two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations in a deal with the Lagardère Sports and Entertainment agency.

Sportfive is taking a colossal risk in signing a 12-year, $1bn (€888m) renewal with the Confédération Africaine de Football, according to local experts.

The Confédération Africaine de Football could be set for a huge increase in the value of its global media and marketing rights, as negotiations with incumbent rights-holder Sportfive and rival agency Infront Sports & Media near a conclusion.

The rights-trading subsidiaries of sports marketing company Lagardère Unlimited look set for a double boost. World Sport Group is close to renewing its contract with the Asian confederation, while Sportfive remains favourite to renew its deal for African confederation rights.

The Infront Sports & Media agency is understood to be the strongest challenger to the Sportfive agency for the rights to the events of the Confédération Africaine de Football, including the flagship Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.

Interview with Themba Ndlwana, African sports rights consultant, on the options available to the Confédération Africaine de Football for its sports-rights strategy ahead of the renewal of its global media and marketing rights deal.

There are number of reasons why the Confédération Africaine de Football rights, including the flagship Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, will be more valuable in the new contract period.