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LaLiga is the latest European football league to make gains in Poland, seeing the value of its rights in the country rise by nearly a third in a five-season renewal with Eleven Sports.

The collapse in December of the French football league’s media-rights deal with Mediapro is the biggest market setback suffered by a European league for nearly two decades – since the failure of the ITV Digital pay-television platform nearly bankrupted the English Football League in 2002.
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Potential US buyers baulked at the asking price for media rights to Conmebol’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, exposing several members of the seven-strong selling consortium to significant losses on their investments.

The Portuguese arm of pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports has only slightly raised its per-season outlay on Spanish LaLiga rights, for the 2021-24 cycle, with the property looking to have hit a ceiling in the territory.

Hungarian commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV2 has renewed rights to Spain’s LaLiga, as it looks to secure key rights to retain its dominant position amid new competition.
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Live coverage of Belgian football’s Jupiler Pro League is to be shown in the US on subscription streaming service ESPN+ as part of a wider five-year agreement with the Disney-owned broadcaster.

The Mediapro agency has entered into a deal with Concacaf to help secure international media-rights deals for the regional soccer governing body's flagship tournaments, the Gold Cup and Scotiabank Champions…

OneSoccer, Mediapro’s over-the-top sports streaming service in Canada, has secured broadcast rights in the country to the SheBelieves Cup and the Concacaf men's Olympic qualifying tournament.

LaLiga and Mediapro, the Spanish production group and rights agency, have incorporated a new state-of-the-art pitchside camera into the host broadcast of matches from the Spanish top flight

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LaLiga, the governing body of the top two tiers of Spanish football, has seen an increase in value of about 12.5 per cent after closing out its sub-Saharan African rights cycle.

LaLiga will more than double the value of its rights in Russia in its imminent renewal with the Telesport agency for the 2021-26 cycle.

The reluctance of French pay-television platforms to pay a minimum guarantee to carry Mediapro’s new Téléfoot channel has become a huge obstacle to the Spanish agency’s prospects for finalising distribution deals before the start of the new domestic football season.

Mediapro’s partnership with sports social media company Wave is aimed at creating a range of short-form content that can help the agency drum up interest in its LigaMX content.

LaLiga has started its European sales round strongly, gaining impressive fee increases from both the Nordic and Balkan regions in the first deals since the lifting of the three-season limit.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the role of agencies in the media-rights market globally.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the role of agencies in the media-rights market globally.

Italy’s Lega Serie A will launch a tender in April for its domestic media rights for the three seasons from 2021-22 to 2023-24, SportBusiness Media understands. The delay opens space for the resolution of several outstanding issues that have, so far, complicated the process.

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.

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…