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US media group Discovery saw off an aggressive bid from incumbent Match TV to take over exclusive rights in Russia to Women’s Tennis Association events from 2020, completing its tennis set in the country.

Streaming service DAZN’s two-season Bundesliga sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery has strengthened its position in Germany and Austria ahead of the league’s upcoming domestic tender.

Danish commercial broadcaster TV2 has targeted tennis rights, with the additions of the ATP Tour and Wimbledon to its portfolio over the last two months complementing its WTA rights.

Having been forced into an open tender by the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, the Danish Superliga has secured a modest increase in its domestic media-rights income despite a lack of competition.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the tennis media-rights landscape in 2019.

French-language public broadcaster RTBF has agreed a sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery for exclusive, free-to-air rights in Belgium to the 2020-2024 Olympic Games cycle in the French-speaking…

US media group Discovery has appointed Mike Rich to the new role of head of sports marketing solutions, with particular oversight of advertising sales at its international sports broadcaster Eurosport

US media group Discovery has struck a deal with Amazon to bring Eurosport Player, the OTT platform of its international sports broadcaster, to the technology company’s Fire TV, Fire tablets and Echo S…

A new 12-part series starring Tiger Woods has launched on GolfTV, the OTT streaming service owned by US media company Discovery

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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the tennis media-rights landscape in 2019.

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has increased the value of its domestic rights by about 60 per cent in a new deal with US media group Discovery, whilst retaining the same level of free-to-air exposure.

Media group Discovery’s willingness to acquire more ATP Tour content in the Nordic region than rival broadcasters had in the current cycle was key to its successful acquisition of the property.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has raised its annual outlay on two of golf’s majors, the PGA Championship and Open Championship, by almost half to secure its dominance over the sport in the DACH region against the threat of US media group Discovery.

The French government strongly encouraged public-service broadcaster France Télévisions to reach an Olympics sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery for the 2022 to 2024 cycle to ensure the widest access to the Paris 2024 games, SportBusiness Media understands.

A new player has emerged that could shake up the Danish sport-rights market before the upcoming domestic Danish Superliga tender after a subsidiary of the country’s largest telco, TDC Group, sublicensed English Premier League rights from Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky Sports’ new rights deal for the US PGA Championship is for the five-year period from 2019 to 2023, SportBusiness Media understands. This marks a rebuilding of the long-term partnership between rights-holder and broadcaster that ended in 2016 when Sky refused to meet rights distributor IMG’s valuation of the property.

The value of ATP Tour tennis rights in Germany, Austria and Switzerland has once again dramatically increased amid intense competition for a year-round competition with a growing domestic interest

Econet closes its African pay-TV platform and agrees repayment schedule with rights-holders Rights-holders affected by closure include the IOC, the NBA, Fifa and Uefa

The European Tour agreed new deals with Sky in the UK and Ireland as well as in Germany, Austria and Switzerland last month, as a multi-territory agreement with Discovery nears completion.

The PGA Tour this week future-proofed its international business, setting up a joint venture with Discovery for its media rights outside the US in a 12-year, $2bn (€1.72bn) deal.

Discovery Communications secured three late sublicensing rights deals ahead of last month’s winter Olympic Games, taking it closer to its sublicensing revenue target.

Discovery Communications has so far recouped more than 70 per cent of its internal target from sublicensing Olympic Games media rights across Europe, according to TV Sports Markets research.

Public-service broadcaster UA:PBC has acquired rights in Ukraine to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games at a considerable uplift on the cost of the 2014 and 2016 Games.

Italian public-service broadcaster Rai is understood to be close to a sublicensing deal with Discovery Communications to acquire rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games.