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The National Basketball Association entertained the possibility of going exclusively direct-to-consumer in France as a way of counterbalancing a lack of competition in its latest renewal with pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports, SportBusiness Media understands.

Three big deals by telco China Mobile have raised cautious hopes for competition in the Chinese rights market after a dreadful 2020.

The NBA has avoided a severe decrease in fee for its rights in Belgium despite an absence of competition, renewing with Eleven Sports Network for the 2020-23 cycle at a slight reduction compared to the previous cycle.

Spanish telco Telefónica has agreed to pay a modest per-season uplift to renew its exclusive NBA rights in Spain for the 2020-23 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

The French Basketball Federation (FFBB) sacrificed domestic media-rights income from its club competitions in order to reboot the sport in free-to-air deals with digital terrestrial broadcasters L’Équipe TV and ‘Sport in France’, SportBusiness Media understands.

Euroleague Basketball has agreed a renewal with pay-television broadcaster DirecTV Latin America that guarantees continued coverage of the EuroLeague competition in South America and the Caribbean

Chinese streaming giant Tencent showed a live Houston Rockets game on Monday for the first time since the Daryl Morey controversy in October 2019
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The National Basketball Association and leading US satellite and digital radio network SiriusXM have expanded their partnership to include additional streaming rights

Chinese digital giant Tencent has stopped live streams of games by the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers due to their appointment of Daryl Morey as president

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Spanish telco Telefónica will pay an unchanged fee to renew its rights to the nation’s top tier of domestic basketball after agreeing a three-season extension with the Liga ACB.

Lega Basket, the governing body of top tier Italian basketball, saw its domestic pay-television media-rights income growth slow considerably in the 2020-22 rights round, driven by a significantly less competitive market.

IMG Arena has maintained its outlay on betting streaming rights to the top tier of Brazilian domestic basketball in a six-year renewal of the property.

Israeli pay-television broadcaster The Sports Channel’s latest renewal with the National Basketball Association saw it double its expenditure on a property with which it has become synonymous.

Euroleague Basketball has boosted the value of its rights in the Baltics by carving out free-to-air rights in the valuable Lithuanian market, in deals with media group TV3 and Lithuanian public-service broadcaster LRT.

The value of NBA rights in the Philippines has fallen sharply due to the withdrawal of two major sports broadcasters, Solar Entertainment and ABS-CBN, from the market.

International OTT streaming service Megogo is set to target more sports media rights in Russia, following its NBA deal earlier this month.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the basketball media-rights landscape.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the basketball media-rights landscape.

The Basketball Champions League has suffered a setback in France despite retaining exposure in a two-season renewal of its deal with pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus, SportBusinessMedia understands.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT has acquired rights for the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Champions League in a one-season deal after pay-television broadcaster Nova elected not to renew, with the property’s value falling by 25 per cent on a per-season basis.

Filipino pay-television broadcaster Solar Entertainment Corporation withdrew from talks to renew its long-held rights to the National Basketball Association last week after deciding the property had become too expensive, SportBusiness Media understands.

Competition between pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia and OTT platform DAZN for the rights to the American National Basketball Association ensured the former paid a substantial uplift for exclusive rights in the country from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Euroleague Basketball has capitalised on the sport’s increasing popularity in Turkey to successfully raise the value of the top-tier EuroLeague by over two-thirds in its renewal with pay-television broadcaster Digiturk.

Ewell Zhao talks about Tencent’s rights renewal with the NBA, its method for valuing sports media rights and the future of the Chinese sports video streaming industry.

Chinese social media giant Tencent saw off competition from rival streaming player Youku Tudou to retain the NBA’s digital rights in the country for the 2020-25 cycle at a record-breaking fee, underscoring the strong growth in China’s streaming market in recent years.

Greek pay-television broadcaster Nova has paid a premium to renew its exclusive rights to EuroLeague and EuroCup basketball in Greece and Cyprus, SportBusiness Media understands, marking a second consecutive fee increase for the European tournament’s rights in the territory.

The value of the Israeli Basketball Premier League’s domestic rights has stalled, with incumbent pay-television broadcaster Sports Channel renewing rights from 2019-20 amid little competition.

The VTB United League, a pan-European club basketball competition, has significantly increased the value of its international rights in a new deal with the Lagardère Sports agency amid interest from local Russian agencies.