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European Professional Club Rugby has agreed four media-rights deals in recent weeks which it hopes will increase the exposure of its competitions.

The Six Nations last week secured a long-term deal with media company NBCUniversal in the US, but is understood to have suffered a 40-per-cent fall in the value of its rights in Italy.

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Media group NBCUniversal extended its commitment to rugby union in the US this week, buying World Rugby rights for a significantly higher guaranteed fee.

Two recent media-rights deals agreed by USA Track & Field, the governing body for US athletics, continue the upturn in commercial fortunes of an organisation which nearly went bust in the 1990s.

Cricket Australia improved its exposure and income from North America in a series of deals with NBCSN, Willow and the Asian Television Network.

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Veteran TV executive Molly Solomon will lead NBC’s Olympics coverage, starting with the 2020 Tokyo Games, after being promoted to executive president and producer of the network’s Olympics unit. T
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NBCUniversal and Twitter are partnering for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to show limited live event coverage, highlights, and a daily studio show on the @NBCOlympics handle during the Summer Games.
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U.S mass-media conglomerate NBCUniversal is expecting to bring in more than $1
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US media company NBCUniversal has revealed plans to launch a new streaming platform in 2020, as well as detailing a significant reshuffling of senior staff, including Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting…

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The English Premiership has at least quadrupled in value and significantly increased its coverage in sub-Saharan Africa, taking advantage of competition between pay-television broadcasters

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Increasing the value of its Thursday Night Football rights while dividing content once more illustrates the sheer power of the National Football League.

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NBCUniversal blew its rivals out of the water to retain Premier League rights in the US earlier this month – the league’s first deal in its new international sales cycle.

BeIN Sports and Abu Dhabi Media are bidding head-to-head for two major football properties in the Middle East and North Africa – England’s Premier League and Uefa’s European Qualifiers.

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NBC Sports is understood to have paid a significant increase to prise rights to golf’s British Open from its long-term American home on ESPN.

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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.

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US network NBC this week agreed a deal to show the 2017 America’s Cup, holding off strong interest in the rights from other US broadcasters. Oracle Team USA is the holder of the Cup.

The centenary version of the Copa América, which will take place in the US in June 2016, looks likely to earn at least twice as much in media rights income as the 2015 Copa América.

The world swimming federation earned a small fee increase in its renewal last week with Japanese commercial broadcaster TV Asahi.

Interview with Peter Hall, Fina’s head of marketing TV, on the federation’s new deal with commercial broadcaster TV Asahi in Japan.

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The International Olympic Committee has robustly defended last week’s long-term deal with US media group NBCUniversal on the three key areas in which it has come under scrutiny.

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.

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Interview with Timo Lumme, the IOC’s managing director of television and marketing, about its new deal with NBCUniversal.

Why media rights fees for Sochi have fallen from the Vancouver Games

EBU deal with US ski federation will increase exposure for ski events in the country

World swimming federation close to renewing deal with EBU

Tour de France commits early to EBU despite interest from agencies and pay-TV companies

Amaury Sport Organisation does an early deal to renew its domestic rights deal for the Tour de France with French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions, taking advantage of the weakness of its commercial rivals.

Golf: The US PGA Tour signed new six-year deals with the CBS and NBC networks, from 2007 to 2012.