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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.

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

Major League Soccer’s deal with Gol TV Latin America is a stop-gap to ensure coverage in the region for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. The league will seek a longer and more lucrative deal from next season.

Major League Soccer will enjoy a substantial increase in exposure in Brazil in the 2015 season, which got under way at the end of March.

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.

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US football league MLS has partnered with free-streaming service Pluto TV to launch a dedicated channel in the country

International broadcaster Eleven Sports has acquired exclusive rights to US Major League Soccer in Belgium and Luxembourg from 2019 to 2022, it said on Friday

Pay-television broadcaster BeIN Sports has acquired exclusive rights in France to Major League Soccer over an unspecified term
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Digital video distribution platform SendtoNews has acquired exclusive rights to distribute Major League Soccer’s video content to local digital publishers across the US and Canada.

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Major League Soccer said it chose the IMG Events & Media agency to handle its media rights because the agency was “aggressive” in its plans, and shared the league’s philosophy about creating a long-term partnership to build the MLS profile globally.

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Interview with Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures, on the new MLS/SUM eight-year deal with IMG Events & Media.

The top US football league, Major League Soccer, and the country’s national football association, US Soccer, enjoyed a five-fold increase in the value of their domestic media rights at the end of a long and complex set of negotiations with broadcasters ESPN, Fox and Univision Deportes.

MP & Silva sold Serie A and Ligue 1 online betting rights to the Perform Group. But just nine months ago it sold the same rights to Rightster as part of a launch of a joint venture with the company. So what’s going on?