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The Football Association rejected a higher bid for domestic FA Cup rights for the 2021-25 cycle from incumbent pay-television broadcaster BT Sport in favour of commercial broadcaster ITV, SportBusiness Media understands, in a move that took the competition exclusively free to air in the UK.

The FA has opened the market for FA Cup domestic rights to new competition with the inclusion of a ‘non-linear package’ – expected to attract interest from internet giant Amazon – in the tender for the 2021-22 to 2024-25 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

DAZN has completed its portfolio of rights to English football properties in Spain, adding the FA Cup, English League Cup and the English Football League in deals with the Pitch International agency

Media commentators will debate whether the 36-per-cent increase the English Football League secured for its rights from Sky is a great result, a disappointment, or something in between.

IMG has finally signed off its long-form agreement with England’s Football Association for FA Cup international rights after months of negotiation.

The English FA Cup will be broadcast exclusively free-to-air in the UK from 2021 after commercial broadcaster confirmed a new four-year deal for the competition

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is reportedly on the verge of acquiring domestic rights to the FA Cup for the 2021-25 cycle

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has extended its deal with the English Football Association for the Women’s FA Cup and has also reached an agreement for highlights to this year’s edition of golf’s Solhe…

The BBC has agreed a new four-season domestic broadcast deal with the English Football Association for the FA Cup

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Talks to finalise the long-form agreement for IMG’s deal with England’s Football Association have hit an impasse over an unexpected issue: the rescheduling of the FA Cup necessitated by the 2022 Fifa World Cup being moved to the winter.

England’s Football Association told TV Sports Markets this week that its strategy of opening up FA Cup international rights by running a single tender was vindicated by its deals with the IMG and Pitch International agencies.

The Football Association’s invitation to tender for its international rights from 2018-19 to 2023-24 opens the way for a type of deal that has become increasingly rare: a single agency buyout worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The English Football Association is set to tender its international rights in the coming weeks with rights available to bidders on a global basis, TV Sports Markets understands.

The BBC’s desire to renew its FA Cup rights before its charter is renewed helped the English Football Association increase the value of domestic FA Cup media rights by more than 27 per cent.

News UK adds top rugby clips for its stable of newspapers

Eurosport set to tie up French Open in long-term deal to cement its grip on grand slam tennis

The FA and Football League cash in as Sky and BT scrap for content

As the English FA tenders its domestic rights from 2014-15 onwards, SportBusiness Intelligence analyst Pauline McVey, examines FA Cup audiences in the UK

UK broadcasters BBC, ITV, BT and BSkyB likely to bid for domestic rights to the FA Cup and England friendly internationals

Television rights deals with incumbent partners ABC/ESPN and TNT likely to be the most valuable of the year.

Television rights division snapped up by rival IMG