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Athletics: Channel 4, the UK commercial broadcaster, acquired the rights for the 2011 and 2013 World Championships in a three-year deal with the IEC in Sports agency

ESPN America, Disney’s pan-European, US sports network, is facing a critical couple of months as it looks to renew major rights contracts for Major League Baseball and ice-hockey’s National Hockey League.

Asian Games: Indian cable and satellite broadcaster Zee acquired the cable and satellite rights for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou in a deal with the Dentsu agency

Baseball: Chinese broadcasters Shenzhen TV, Jiangsu TV and Beijing TV acquired packages of rights for Major League Baseball matches in 2009 and 2010 in deals with Major League Baseball International,…

Baseball: Pan-regional broadcaster Eurosport acquired the rights for next month’s 2009 Baseball World Cup in a deal with the International Baseball Federation.

Asian Games: Chinese state broadcaster CCTV acquired the rights for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangdong, China, in a deal with the Games’ organisers. CCTV will undertake the host broadcasting of the event.

Basketball: Eurosport Deutschland acquired live rights for nine selected playoff matches from Germany’s top league, the Basketball Bundesliga, in a deal with the league and rights-holder Sportdigital.tv.

Athletics: The IMG agency acquired the international television rights for the newly-created Diamond League in a five-year deal, 2010 to 2014, guaranteeing around $6m (€4.7m) a year.

Baseball: US sports network ESPN extended a deal with Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media arm for inter-active television and other digital media rights through to 2013.

Athletics: The Shanghai Media Group acquired the rights in China for the World Athletic Series in a four-year deal from 2010 to 2013

Olympics: The Asia-Pacific Broad-casting Union acquired the free-to-air terrestrial and radio rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics for $10m (£5.1m/€6.4m) in a deal with the International Olympic Committee. 

Sportinveste and PT Multimedia likely to buy

Basketball’s Houston Rockets and baseball’s Houston Astros are the latest US major league sports teams to launch their own regional sports channel.

Spanish Primera Liga football club Atletico Madrid opted out of its collective-selling deal with other clubs to sign a €52m (£34m) deal with Audiovisual Sport, the rights-pooling company for pay-opera-ors So…

Cricket: Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan said that it would look to share the rights to Indian cricket if it failed to retain its exclusive contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India

Football: Irish pay-per-view broad-caster Setanta signed a four-year, £35m (€52m) deal with the Scottish Premier League.  The deal will run from 2004-05 to 2007-08.  Se

Five-year deal, four different broadcasters, three times the previous rights fee

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

Football: French mobile operator Orange acquired the mobile phone rights to France’s Ligue 1 in a two-year deal, covering the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.