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French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus faced little competition in renewing its NHL rights, SportBusiness Media understands.

Russian internet company Yandex will look to expand its sports-rights portfolio after acquiring exclusive rights to the National Hockey League in Russia amid fierce competition.

Pay-television platform Sky Italia and Perform Group’s OTT service DAZN will probably both be happy with the outcome of an intense period of rights negotiations in Italy.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has renewed its National Hockey League sublicensing deal on more favourable terms, TV Sports Markets understands.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses media-rights in the US major leagues: MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL

The National Hockey League is continuing its strategy to increase its European fanbase and revenue streams by scheduling more than 50 games in primetime for the continent for the second straight season

Pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus appears to have renewed its broadcast deal in France for the NHL North American ice hockey league

The National Hockey League has entered into a multi-year partnership with Russian internet company Yandex to exclusively broadcast games in Russia via its streaming platform. Beginning with the Oct

North American ice hockey league the NHL has stepped up its engagement with the Chinese market by agreeing a partnership with micro-content platform Dongtu

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In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses media-rights in the US major leagues: MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL

The German handball league, the Handball-Bundesliga, will receive bids for its domestic media rights one week from today, TV Sports Markets understands.

Pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports is close to renewing its deal for National Hockey League rights in the UK for which it will pay an increase of about 25 per cent, TV Sports Markets understands.

Chinese internet company Tencent has agreed a six-season deal for digital rights to North America’s National Hockey League.

Eurosport continued its gradual rise from a basic-tier to a premium pay-television broadcaster this month in Russia, following deals for National Hockey League and Wimbledon tennis rights.

The IMG Events & Media agency took a big step into the winter sports media rights market this week with a deal for National Hockey League rights.

Multi-territory broadcaster Modern Times Group renewed National Hockey League rights across the Nordics late last month, but missed out on the sport’s World Championship rights in Sweden.

Medge Consulting Sports has ceased to exist as a media rights agency, and its rights to the National Hockey League have reverted to the league after it missed payments, TV Sports Markets understands.

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US pay-television network ESPN beat commercial networks NBC and Fox to win rights to the revived World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

The resurrected World Cup of Hockey will join the National Hockey League on pay-television broadcaster Rogers Sportsnet in Canada following a deal agreed late last month.

The International Ice Hockey Federation this week secured a strong increase in the value of the media and marketing rights to its World Championship, but some experts believe it could have earned even more.

Sport1’s deal last week for the rights to the National Hockey League means the sports broadcaster now has exclusive rights to each of the four top North American sports leagues.

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In its haste to exit the UK, ESPN may have missed an opportunity with its ESPN America channel

Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.