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International broadcaster Eurosport agreed a spate of rights deals late last week as it continues to invest heavily in locally-relevant content.

The award of the domestic live rights to Poland’s top football league, the Ekstraklasa, is likely to come down to a straight shootout between the incumbent rights-holder, pay-television platform NC Plus, and Eleven, the new channel operated by Andrea Radrizzani.

Pan-regional sports broadcaster Eurosport took advantage of a lack of competition to secure live rights for the Diamond League athletics series in the key German and UK markets ahead of the 2015 season.

Interview with Petr Stastny, general coordinator and chief financial officer of the Diamond League, about the recent broadcast deal with Eurosport for the athletics series in the UK and Germany.

Eurosport’s acquisition of Champions League rights in Singapore is a message to rights-holders and platforms about the broadcaster’s growing ambitions, according to chief executive Peter Hutton.

The French second-tier rugby union league, the Pro D2, took advantage of strong competition for its rights to secure a massive fee increase in new deals agreed last week.

Pan-regional sports broadcaster Eurosport is thought to be paying a strong rights fee for Major League Soccer rights across Europe, excluding the UK, in its four-year deal agreed last week.

Canal Plus and Eurosport are battling it out over the pay-television rights to French rugby union’s Pro D2, with the existing rights fee set to treble.

The Vuelta a España cycle race earned a strong increase in media-rights fee from the European Broadcasting Union in a five-year deal finalised late last month.

The German Bundesliga is set to more than double its international rights value from 2015-16 onwards following a host of deals agreed in recent weeks.

Pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport last week renewed a host of top skiing rights, with expanded exclusivity and at slight fee increases, in a deal with the Infront Sports & Media agency.

Pan-regional broadcaster Eurosport has lost its automatic right to share content acquired by the European Broadcasting Union, the consortium of public-service broadcasters.

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines live television audiences in Europe’s five largest markets for motorcycling’s MotoGP world championship

The Union Cycliste Internationale’s long-standing goal of centralising the media rights to the UCI World Tour looks set to be put on the back burner under new president Brian Cookson in favour of more achievable objectives: creating a coherent calendar and improving cycling as a television product.

Interview with Laurent Prud’homme, director of sports-rights acquisitions, and Géraldine Filiol, deputy managing director for international communications, marketing and external relations, Eurosport, on the UCI World Tour.