Confederation of African Football (Caf)

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Frank Dunne and Callum McCarthy take a look at the implications of the dispute between the Confederation of African Football and its global sales agency Lagardère Sports.

The success of Fifa’s centralisation of media rights to World Cup qualifiers involving African nations depends almost entirely on two deals: one covering the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and a pan-regional deal for sub-Saharan Africa. About 95 per cent of the value of the rights is generated by these two markets, but both are highly problematic.

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.

Ahmad Ahmad, the president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), has refused a request from the Lagardère Sports agency to address the recent termination of the two parties’ agreement at the or…

World football’s governing body Fifa has launched an invitation to tender process for the centralised broadcast rights to all matches in the second round of qualifying, as well as the third-round play-offs, o…

Live coverage of South Africa’s qualifying match for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations was streamed yesterday (Thursday) on Facebook after SuperSport, the pay-TV broadcaster and rights-holder, said it was u…

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) today strongly defended its move to terminate Lagardère Sports’ 12-year global media and sponsorship rights contract, describing it as a “legal consequence” of rec…

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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.

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.