StarTimes (Sub-Saharan Africa)

The Football Kenya Federation is embroiled in two separate, but related, disputes which will have a major impact on how both domestic league and national team rights are sold.

Pan-African pay-television operator StarTimes has signed a five-year rights deal with the Football Kenya Federation, according to the StandardMedia.co.ke website.

Pan-African pay-television operator StarTimes has agreed a two-year deal for the rights to the German Bundesliga football competition and will launch a new premium sports channel to exploit the content, according to Rwandan newspaper the New Times.

Germany’s Bundesliga is thought to be finalising a number of rights deals involving substantial increases on current deal values.

The CAA Eleven agency completed a host of new deals for Uefa European Qualifiers rights at the end of July, with strong results in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The renewal of the National Basketball Association’s domestic media-rights deal, expected later this year, is the most eagerly awaited in US sport and will no doubt be the biggest of the year.

Interviews with Matt Brabants, senior vice president of global media distribution and business operations, and Elsa Memmi, vice president of global media distribution across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on the NBA’s global media rights strategy.