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The rights value in Italy for the pre-season International Champions Cup football tournament was weighed down by a combination of lower inventory, a busy summer sports calendar and a tough market environment, SportBusiness Media understands.

In acquiring media distribution rights to the 2019 and 2020 International Champions Cup, IMG was the beneficiary of a change in direction by the former sales agency for the competition, Catalyst Media.

The International Champions Cup pre-season tournaments will earn an increase of about 10 per cent for its media rights in 2017, despite tricky negotiations in some key European markets.

Rights-fee income for the International Champions Cup pre-season football tournament is set to increase by about 40 per cent compared to 2015.

The IMG agency has agreed a two-year deal to market the global media rights to the International Champions Cup club football competition
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ESPN has extended its agreement with Relevent Sports Group to broadcast International Champions Cup football matches in the United States until 2021.