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The value of US Open media rights across Europe will increase by about 26 per cent in the next cycle following deals struck with Eurosport and Amazon last month.

TVR is in the process of completing its deal for rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games in Romania.

Last month’s Olympic Games sublicensing deal in Germany with ARD and ZDF has plugged a large gap in Discovery Communications’ revenue projections.

The French football federation increased the value of its domestic Coupe de France media rights by about 33 per cent in a joint renewal with France Télévisions and Eurosport.

Discovery Communications chose to sublicense free-to-air French Open tennis rights in Spain this year after previously keeping coverage for its Dmax channel in the country.

The Swedish football league earned an increase of about 120 per cent in the value of its media rights last month as Discovery continued its strategy of buying domestic football league rights in Scandinavia.

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has completed its set of grand slam tennis rights in Turkey and Central Asia, acquiring Wimbledon rights from Saran Media in a three-year deal.

To secure an increase in the value of its domestic media rights, the English Football League must make pay-television operator Sky believe it is facing real competition and enable the bigger clubs to control their own digital services in a way that neither erodes Sky’s exclusivity nor upsets the smaller clubs.

Italian public-service broadcaster Rai and sports broadcaster Eurosport have renewed their deals for the Giro d’Italia, but the shorter domestic contract length and dramatic fee increase in both deals illustrates a more aggressive approach from commercial rights-holder RCS Sport.

Discovery Communications’ decision to end negotiations with Germany’s public-service broadcasters over the free-to-air rights for the Olympic Games will be a very expensive one.

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 outbid public-service broadcaster the BBC for rights to the women’s European Championship in 2017.

Sports broadcaster Eurosport is thought to have faced no real competition for the rights in the UK and Ireland to the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Will Partington, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences for motorcycling’s MotoGP World Championship in selected European markets.

International sports broadcaster Eurosport has greatly increased its spend on Wimbledon media rights across Europe following a host of new deals agreed in recent weeks.

International sports broadcaster Eurosport recovered a third of its spend on the 2016 US Open in Asia from a deal with LeSports in Hong Kong.

The French tennis federation last week secured an increase of just over 11 per cent in the value of its domestic French Open rights after agreeing an early renewal with France Télévisions.

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German football league, told TV Sports Markets this week the latest domestic Bundesliga deals would entrench it as one of the world’s top three football leagues.

Fox Networks Group significantly increased the value of US Open rights across Asia as the syndicator’s regional broadcast arm sought to complete its coverage of the tennis grand slams.

Stronger ratings, new events and the offer of exclusivity helped World Snooker agree a contract extension with Eurosport last month at a significantly increased fee.