World Rugby

Media company Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent) has acquired exclusive rights in the Nordic region to the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan

Rugby World Cup rights-holder World Rugby remains hopeful that it will find a buyer for the Middle East and North African broadcast rights to the 2019 tournament with negotiations in the region still ongoing

French commercial broadcaster TF1 was expecting to recoup 40 per cent of its outlay on the 2019 Rugby World Cup from its ill-fated attempt to find a sublicensee, SportBusiness Media understands.

Commercial broadcaster Fiji TV has retained rights to the Rugby World Cup in the country

The value of Rugby World Cup rights in Australia has declined sharply after a big increase at their last sale, hit by a strong downturn in interest in rugby union in the territory.

Pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports and commercial broadcaster Ten are set to secure rights in Australia to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to the Sydney Morning Herald

Telco Spark acquired rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup last week, outbidding Sky New Zealand in a deal which could shake up the country’s media-rights market.

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has renewed an agreement for Rugby World Cup rights ahead of next year’s edition of the national team tournament in Japan.

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has acquired rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup after taking up an option in its deal for the 2015 tournament, TV Sports Markets understands.

The IMG agency has renewed its long-standing exclusive global archive partnership with World Rugby to include all major events until the end of 2020.

USA

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

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has bought rights to the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, while deals have also been struck in Japan and sub-Saharan Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.

Strong competition drove up the value of rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Ireland this week, despite a much worse time zone than in 2015.

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is close to extending a rights deal with World Rugby, the global governing body of rugby union, for its Rugby World Cup showpiece national team tournament, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Holding this year’s Rugby World Cup in England helped World Rugby earn an increase of about 47 per cent in total media rights revenue compared to the 2011 tournament.

A host of Australian and New Zealand news agencies have said they will boycott the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England due to coverage restrictions relating to video match highlights of the national team tournament.

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport has secured the live rights to show this year’s World Rugby Under-20 Championship.