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Uefa’s Europa League revenue in France will fall in the 2021-24 cycle given limited interest in the property in the wake of the fierce contest for rights to the top-tier Champions League.

Mediapro’s accusation of impropriety in the Uefa Champions League tender process in France has cast a cloud over a record rights-fee outcome for Uefa in the country. But the agency’s threat to take Uefa to court may not be credible, industry experts told SportBusiness Media.

The value of Spanish football’s LaLiga in Turkey has fallen by more than 40 per cent in pay-television broadcaster D-Smart’s acquisition of exclusive multi-platform rights to the property. The deal was the direct result of the cancellation of LaLiga’s agreement with Digiturk earlier this season.

The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) decision to award the domestic rights to club knock-out competition the Copa del Rey to commercial broadcaster Mediaset could spark a legal battle following production group and agency Mediapro’s allegations that the decision was politically motivated.

Pay-television broadcaster Digiturk and Spanish football’s LaLiga have ended their contract in Turkey due to the former's difficulties meeting its financial obligations amid continued weakness in the country’s currency, SportBusiness Media understands, leaving the league without a broadcast partner.

OneSoccer, Mediapro’s OTT sports streaming service in Canada, has acquired exclusive rights to the 2021 and 2023 editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup, the national team tournament for associations from N…

Mediapro, the production group and media-rights agency, has picked up the two remaining rights packages to France’s Ligue 1 from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

The Sina Sports division of Chinese internet operator Sina has, together with the Mediapro agency, reached agreements with broadcasters in multiple territories for the 2019 Sina Elite League (SEL), the…

Mediapro, the agency and production group, has signed off on the acquisition of rights in France to the Uefa Europa League and new Europa Conference League across the 2021-24 cycle

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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.
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Pay-television broadcaster beIN will pay a more than 10-per-cent uplift in rights fees for Spanish football’s LaLiga over the course of its new four-season renewal in North America, SportBusiness Media understands, despite the challenging conditions beIN faces in that market.

The Mediapro agency’s offer for the domestic media rights to Serie A for the next two cycles, covering the six seasons from 2021-22 to 2026-27, is a plan B for the league in case it is unable to sell its rights in a competitive tender. The offer is the same as that made by the Spanish production house for the current cycle – an offer accepted by the clubs last year but later rejected.  

The Spanish football federation’s award of 2019 Copa del Rey final rights to public-service broadcaster TVE could have left it open to legal action.

Spain’s Mediapro agency has again acquired LaLiga’s package of live, free-to-air Primera División matches, paying a similar fee in the 2019-22 cycle as it did in 2016-19. The sale of this package to Mediapro – alongside one containing free-to-air rights to two Segunda División matches per match-week – closes LaLiga’s domestic tender for the cycle.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s deal this week to cover 20 games from the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League will provide the seven-team start-up league with much-needed visibility a…

Spain’s Mediapro agency and public broadcaster TVE will likely try again to acquire LaLiga’s two unsold domestic free-to-air rights packages for the 2019-20 to 2021-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Mediapro’s February deal with Canadian Soccer Business involves a moderate degree of financial risk for the Spanish company but the potential gains are substantial.

The Mediapro agency faces a challenge to refinance its investment in the media rights in Spain to the 2022 Fifa World Cup

Mediapro is close to a deal for global rights to Bolivia’s home 2022 World Cup qualifiers, but must wait 30 days before its victory can be confirmed. The agency’s bid of $12m (€10.5m),

The English Premier League has benefited from a second successive strategic bid for its rights in France but that did not prevent a fall in their value

The Mediapro agency has sealed several last-minute deals with IMG and Saran Media across Eastern Europe for rights to Spain’s LaLiga, after cancelling its deal with MP & Silva.

Telekom Romania and Digi Sport have continued to acquire premium European football content in Romania this month with deals for rights to Spain’s LaLiga, Italy’s Serie A and Germany’s Bundesliga. T

Ukrainian video-on-demand service Megogo last week sealed deals for Spanish LaLiga and France’s Ligue 1, confirming its intent to compete in the country’s sports-rights market.

LaLiga has taken back its rights in a series of Eastern European countries from the MP & Silva agency and will re-tender them, TV Sports Markets understands.

Italy’s Lega Serie A moved into private negotiations with broadcasters this week for rights to the next three seasons, from 2018-19 to 2020-21, having cancelled its contract with Mediapro.

Interview with Didier Quillot, chief executive of the Ligue de Football Professionnel, about the league’s new domestic media-rights deals for Ligue 1, from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

Lega Serie A and its media-rights adviser Infront are on a collision course with the Mediapro agency, which was appointed intermediary for the league’s domestic live rights, after the Spanish agency failed to meet this week’s deadline to pay its guarantee.