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Uefa, European football’s governing body, could be on the verge of a sharp downturn in Champions League media-rights revenues for the 2021-24 cycle, with specific factors in the key UK and France markets exacerbating a broader price correction already anticipated for similar high-profile properties.

Match-choice restrictions placed by Spain’s LaLiga on the free-to-air package in its UK and Ireland rights tenders for the 2019-22 cycle may limit interest from broadcasters, according to industry experts spoken to by SportBusiness Media.

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.

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has acquired highlights rights to the US PGA Tour for the remainder of the 2020 season, marking the first time the network has shown professional golf in over 30 years

Plans have been announced for snooker’s Championship League to return from June 1-11 at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, with the event to be covered live in the UK by commercial broadcaster ITV.

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is said to be seeking a £1.5m (€1.67m/$1.83m) reduction in its rights fee following the cancellation of this year’s Grand National.

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is in talks to acquire rights to the forthcoming ‘Digital Swiss 5’ e-cycling event, SportBusiness Media understands.

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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.

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

BBC keeps ATP for two more years to keep sponsors happy

TF1 deal keeps IRB on course for 'richest World Cup ever' in 2015