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GolTV’s accusation of bribery against Fox Sports Latin America – made in a Florida court late last month – has cast light on one of the most secretive deals in world football.

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.

Electric car-racing championship Formula E has secured a modest rights fee in sub-Saharan Africa from pay-television broadcaster Kwesé Sports.

Italian premium sports channel Fox Sports acquired rights in the country to two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations in a deal with the Lagardère Sports and Entertainment agency.

Deals for Australia’s new top-tier netball competition signify a strong commitment from broadcasters to women’s sport and could signal a step-change in revenue earned by Netball Australia.

This month’s deals for South American football rights followed a trend in the sub-Saharan African sports rights market in 2016 – Kwesé Sports and StarTimes acquired second-tier properties, Fox Sports were outbid and SuperSport let go of a poorly-performing property.

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.

Pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports has positioned itself as the home of tennis in the Netherlands following deals for ATP and WTA rights in recent weeks.

Southern hemisphere rugby rights have increased significantly in global value, driven by explosive growth in the UK, France and the Middle East, and supported by strong returns in difficult core markets.

Distributing the commercial rights to next summer’s Copa América Centenario is a “great opportunity” for the IMG agency.

Australia’s National Rugby League this week said its unprecedented decision to strike a deal for free-to-air rights ahead of negotiating pay-television rights had contributed to its record total media-rights income.

Fox Sports Africa has restarted its coverage of Major League Soccer in sub-Saharan Africa after year-long negotiations with IMG and Soccer United Marketing.

The contract for the unsold commercial rights to next year’s centenary edition of the Copa América represents an opportunity for sports-rights agencies to build relationships with the two governing bodies of football in the Americas.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship last month signed off its first English-language broadcast deal in sub-Saharan Africa, plugging a large gap in its global footprint.

Fox Sports Latin America this week enhanced its football portfolio with a deal for US Major League Soccer.