Commonwealth Games:  UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the rights to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in a deal with the Fastrack agency, which is selling the rights on behalf of the organisers.

Motorsport: German pay-broad-caster Premiere acquired the exclusive live rights for motor racing’s Nascar and Indycar series for the 2006 season.

Major League Baseball may have left negotiations with the US television networks too late to sell its main rights package for an increased fee.

UK pay-operator’s English Premier League deal was year's largest television sports-rights deal.