The 2018 Olympic Games was shown live in Singapore after a late deal with pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports, which showed some coverage free-to-air.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has bought rights to the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, while deals have also been struck in Japan and sub-Saharan Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.
Another public-service broadcasting union lost its grip on Olympic Games rights following deals signed by the International Olympic Committee late last month.
Qualifier matches for the 2019 Asian Cup begin on June 11 with about a dozen Asian football federations yet to sell second- and third-party media rights to their home matches to an agency.
MP & Silva has paid a significant increase for the rights in Japan to Euro 2016 in a deal finalised last month. The agency now faces a challenge to turn a profit on the deal.
World Rugby, the sport’s governing body, exceeded expectations in a deal agreed earlier this month with pay-television operator Sky New Zealand for the rights to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The determination of outgoing International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack to leave a healthy legacy for whoever succeeds him in 2015 was the driving force behind the IAAF’s early extension of its global marketing and media-rights deal with Japanese advertising agency Dentsu.
Interview with Nick Davies, deputy general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations, on the IAAF’s decision to sign a new 10-year deal with Japanese marketing agency Dentsu between 2020 and 2029.
Interview with Peter Hall, Fina’s head of marketing TV, on the federation’s new deal with commercial broadcaster TV Asahi in Japan.
Uefa is on course to earn more than expected from the sale of its European Qualifiers media rights from 2014-15 to 2017-18, according to research conducted by TV Sports Markets with local media sources over the last 12 months.
SingTel close to deal for Fifa World Cup rights for 2014
Pitch International lands volleyball World Championship in 2014
Dentsu Asian Olympics deal drives revenue growth for IOC
Dentsu signs Olympic TV rights deal in Central Asia
Big increase for value of Fifa World Cup rights in Vietnam in deal with MP & Silva agency
The joint venture of Dentsu and Infront will be banking heavily on getting good revenue from China.
Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.
• Formula One: German free-to-air sports broadcaster DSF acquired a package of Formula One rights for the 2007 season.