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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.

Amaury Sport Organisation has increased the value of its Tour de France media rights across Europe by just under 20 per cent following a renewal with the European Broadcasting Union this month.

European Professional Club Rugby increased the value of its media rights in France by about 50 per cent late last month from deals with beIN Sports and France Télévisions.

Uefa’s change in format and centralisation of all national team rights from 2018-19 onward has helped European football’s governing body increase the value of its rights in the UK by about 84 per cent.

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

Racecourse Media Group, the holding company responsible for media and data rights involving a host of horse-racing destinations, has reported an 18-per-cent increase in payments to its members, with talks…

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is poised to extend its deal for exclusive coverage of top British horse racing, according to The Times

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UK commercial broadcaster ITV has bought rights to the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, while deals have also been struck in Japan and sub-Saharan Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.

A series of recently-agreed and impending deals could see the Professional Darts Corporation's global income rise 50 per cent in 2017.

Concurrent auction processes for three UK media rights deals in recent weeks generated strong competition between free-to-air broadcasters, helping each rights-holder to a healthy fee increase.

After protracted negotiations over a UK deal for Euro 2016 and 2020, Uefa last week signed off on a valuable deal with long-term partners the BBC and ITV.

The Six Nations Committee bucked the trend when awarding its UK rights earlier this month, opting for wide coverage from free-to-air broadcasters and leaving pay-television money on the table.

Joseph Rivers, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines free-to-air television audiences in the big five European markets for the 2014-15 Uefa Europa League

Even in a tournament in which the England national team disappointed, football matches from the Fifa World Cup dominated the top UK television audiences last year

Mike Kiernan, Analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, looks at audiences in key European markets for the 2014 Tour de France

The World Cup rights deals signed by Fifa in the UK and Germany just before the current tournament kicked off confirmed the difficulties the governing body has had in securing decent fee increases in both markets and in Europe generally.

There were mixed results for broadcasters of this year's French Open, Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence explains

UK commercial broadcaster ITV this week agreed to pay a small increase for its free-to-air rights to the French Open tennis tournament.

There were mixed results for broadcasters of the 2013-14 Uefa Champions League in Europe's big five markets, as Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence explains

Cumulative free-to-air television audiences across the big five markets increase for this season's Uefa Europa League, as Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence explains

Formula E: a smart investment or the latest motorsport flop?

Big-hitting BSkyB lands two more cricket deals to keep BT at bay