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Pay-television platform Sky Italia and Perform Group’s OTT service DAZN will probably both be happy with the outcome of an intense period of rights negotiations in Italy.

The value of Uefa Champions League and Europa League media rights in the Netherlands will decrease by about 27 per cent in the next cycle, TV Sports Markets understands.

Facebook and Esporte Interativo are set to strike a deal for Uefa Champions League rights in Brazil at a much-reduced price

Earnings from FC Diez Media’s sale of Copa Libertadores rights in South America have fallen below its internal targets, TV Sports Markets understands, but the joint venture is still on track to meet its guarantee.

Fox Sports Latin America’s deal for Formula One rights in the region is less valuable than Mediapro’s recently broken agreement, but much more expensive than the pay-television broadcaster’s previous deals

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US telco AT&T has struck a multi-year extension to its carriage deal with Fox Networks Group just days before the original agreement was due to expire
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US pay-television broadcaster HBO has decided to end its live boxing coverage after 45 years, responding to seismic changes in the US boxing landscape.

Australian public-service broadcaster SBS last week secured exclusive free-to-air rights to the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana competitions

Fox Sports Latin America will launch its Fox Sports Premium video on demand and streaming service in Mexico and Central America next year, which will be available only to existing Fox Sports subscribers

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Fox Sports Italia has filled the Euroleague-shaped hole in its midweek schedule and rounded out its North American sports coverage by acquiring rights to the CEV Champions League and NCAA college basketball and football

Twitter will take a patient approach to the acquisition of sports rights in Asia-Pacific, according to its head of sports partnerships in the region.

Fox Sports Africa has bolstered its European football content by acquiring rights to the English Football League and the Turkish Süper Lig across sub-Saharan Africa

Ecuador’s football federation says it is unconcerned about its recent deal with GolTV, despite the pay-television broadcaster delaying payments in its equivalent agreement with the Venezuelan football federation.

Weak offers from broadcasters focused on other properties have delayed the award of 2017 Fifa Club World Cup rights in Latin America.

Latin America’s major media groups are competing to take ownership of Chile’s successful football league channel, Canal del Fútbol.

Pay-television broadcaster DSport has bought rights in India to golf’s US Open for a far higher price than the annual fee Sony Pictures Networks paid in 2016.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has turned the tide to earn a significant increase from its pan-regional pay-television rights deal with Fox Sports Asia.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) last month agreed a new deal with Fox Networks Group in Latin America for its club competitions, earning a decent increase.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has begun a complete overhaul of its media rights in Latin America and Mexico, exiting its joint venture with Televisa in favour of a more traditional deal with former partner Fox Sports.

Intervention from Grupo Clarín and Torneos helped ensure the joint bid from Fox and Turner won rights to Argentina’s Primera División.

Greater free-to-air exposure and a deep understanding of Asian media-rights markets has helped One Championship create a “global duopoly” in mixed martial arts, according to its chairman Chatri Sityodtong.

Argentina’s Primera División is beset by uncertainty as a leaderless football association – its government funding withdrawn and a new season imminent – fields offers for its media rights and searches for a new president.

Fox Sports Africa is the latest of the region’s pay-television broadcasters to invest in African football, but the structure of its joint venture with the West African Football Union differs greatly from recent deals struck by its competitors.

Two recent deals with the National Basketball Association have fulfilled different needs for Eleven Sports Network in Singapore and Taiwan.