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Industry experts believe the Portuguese sports-rights market is set to stagnate for the foreseeable future after the country’s three biggest telcos took equal stakes in dominant pay-television broadcaster Sport TV, ending any possibility of competition between them.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas this week described the Spanish league’s new domestic media rights deals as “historic” in terms of income and the completion of the move to collective selling.

Deutsche Telekom’s surprise deal for exclusive domestic basketball rights in Germany last week is small in value but potentially rich in significance.

Telecoms operator Vodafone has directly incorporated Eurosport Player, the OTT streaming service of the Discovery-owned sports broadcaster Eurosport, into its broadcast offering in Spain

German sports broadcaster Sport1 has signed a new long-term carriage deal with Vodafone, through which the Sport1+ and eSports1 channels will continue to be available on the telco’s GigaTV platform.

Media group Discovery has agreed a wide-ranging deal with the Romanian arm of Vodafone through which its sports broadcaster, Eurosport, will be carried on the telco’s Vodafone TV service.

Turkish media-rights agency Saran has completed a third Turkish carriage deal for its two S Sport channels in under a month after agreeing terms with telco Vodafone