Olympics, international football, ice hockey, skiing and athletics protected
Motorsport: US motor racing series Nascar finalised a series of eight-year deals worth an overall $4.5bn (£2.6bn/€3.8bn), a 40-per-cent increase on its present deals.
Cricket: Asian pay-broadcaster Zee Sports acquired the Indian cable and satellite rights to India’s three-Test series against Sri Lanka in a deal with the newly elected Board of Control for Cricket in India
The TWI agency is having mixed fortunes in selling the television rights for the Golden League athletics series
Formula One: Pan-Asian broad-caster ESPN Star Sports acquired the pay rights for Formula One in all of Asia, except Japan and China, in a five-year deal
Basketball: Spanish commercial broadcaster La Sexta acquired the rights to this year’s basketball World Championships in a deal with Fiba, the international basketball federation.
The revamped Golden League athletics series has still to win television coverage in two of Europe’s top five television markets.
Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.
UK broadcasters experience a mixed 2005 for television-sport viewing.
Pan-European broadcaster acquires content specifically for the region for the first time.