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US media group Discovery has made a modest investment in the Italian rights to WWE wrestling to help increase audience share of its DMAX channel and improve the sluggish take-up of the broadcaster’s Dplay Plus premium OTT service.

The German Football League’s (DFL) short-term Bundesliga deals with Amazon and DAZN are strategic moves ahead of this month’s domestic rights tender, industry experts have told SportBusiness Media.

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group’s rivals paid big fees to seal crucial Uefa club competition rights, allowing European football’s governing body to more than double its media-rights income in the Nordics.

Dutch telco Ziggo has landed exclusive multi-platform rights in the Netherlands to the ATP men’s tennis tour, SportBusiness Media understands.

The German Football League (DFL) has renegotiated deals with six of its seven domestic media-rights holders, which will secure payments – and thus cashflow for German clubs – in the next month. Discovery is the only broadcaster yet to reach an agreement.

A dramatic fall in advertising caused by the Covid-19 pandemic led to a 23-per-cent drop in second-quarter revenues at the international division of Discovery, the US-based media group that owns pan-European…

The Norwegian branch of international media group Discovery has appointed Morten Johannessen as its new sports director following on from a stint serving as acting director of sport for the last year

International media group Discovery has acquired rights to Extreme E, the electric off-road motor racing series, for the 2021-23 cycle

International streaming service GolfTV has launched in Russia on telco Rostelecom’s digital video service, Wink, making it the first country where GolfTV is shown as a linear channel.

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The IMG agency is on the verge of retaining international rights to the Giro d’Italia cycling stage race despite heavy interest from US media giant Discovery, SportBusiness Media understands.

Pay-television operator Sky Italia has dropped the wrestling entertainment series WWE after broadcasting it for 18 years. The decision follows similar choices by Sky’s divisions in the UK and Germany.

Česká Televize will pay more to continue to sublicense Olympic rights from US media group Discovery but will gain more winter Games hours and an additional digital broadcast option.

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group’s monster six-season English Premier League deal signed this month has shocked the Nordic media market and left TV2 in Norway reeling.

International media group Discovery streamlined its portfolio of Wimbledon rights in its latest multi-territory European deal to align with its ATP Tour holdings across the continent.

US media group Discovery continues to push for dominance over tennis in Europe, acquiring exclusive rights to the ATP World Tour in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Paul Rehrig, general manager, Eurosport Digital, talks about Discovery’s deal with Twitter for coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

The deal struck this week between US media group Discovery and social media platform Twitter for coverage of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo is expected to be the first of many such clip and highlights deals, as Discovery looks for additional ways to monetise its substantial investment in the rights in Europe.

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.

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.