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Snooker: UK public-service broad-caster the BBC renewed its deal with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association for a further five years, from 2007 to 2011, paying about £20m (€29m).  The deal is thought to be a significant cut on the existing deal, worth about £28m over a five-and-a-half year period.

Baseball: US cable broadcaster ESPN renewed its long-term deal for Major League Baseball, paying $2.368bn (£1.3bn/€1.9bn) over eight years, from 2006 to 2013.

Figure Skating: US network NBC acquired the rights for US figure skating in a three-year deal with the US Figure Skating Association, covering the national championships and the international Skate America…

American football:  US network NBC acquired the so-called “network package” of American football’s National Football League rights, the main package of 23 matches per season, paying $600m (£316m/€465m) a year ov…

The elimination of NFL costs will push ABC towards near-term profitability

Domestic deals for American football’s National Football League signals major changes of strategy

American football:  The US National Football League signed two more television deals: an eight-year deal with Disney-owned sports cable network ESPN for Monday night games, worth $1.

Formula 1: Grand Prix Entertainment, a company created by DIC Entertainment and the Wasserman Media Group, acquired Formula 1 rights in the US.

Football: The German Football League awarded the rights for the Bundesliga in several three-year deals covering 2006-07 to 2008-09.

• Formula One: German free-to-air sports broadcaster DSF acquired a package of Formula One rights for the 2007 season.