Zuku (Sub-Saharan Africa)

France’s Ligue 1 has earned an increase of 20 to 25 per cent in the value of its media rights in sub-Saharan Africa following deals agreed in recent weeks.

The media distribution arm of pay-television broadcaster ESPN has agreed one-year rights deals for African pay-television providers Supersport and Zuku Sport for coverage of this year’s NFL American football league playoffs and Super Bowl championship game.

Pay-television broadcaster Star India, the local rights-holder and stakeholder in the Indian Super League, has revealed details of additional rights deals for the new football competition.

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.

Interview with Gary Rathbone, head of sport at East African pay-television operator Zuku TV

Zuku looks to expand in Africa without treading on SuperSport's toes