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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.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the role of agencies in the media-rights market globally.

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.
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ESPN has moved up the release date for its highly anticipated 10-part documentary series The Last Dance from June to a new start of April 19 due to widespread viewer demand amid the ongoing sports hiatus.

International sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has moved to counter the lack of NBA action on its Belgian schedules by agreeing a carriage deal for the North American basketball league’s OTT service, N…
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Ice Cube’s Big3 basketball league is partnering with media production company Endemol to create a planned reality show basketball tournament amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese digital media company Tencent reported large increases in revenues and profits in 2019, but warned of the impact on its business of the coronavirus epidemic

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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.

Euroleague Ventures – the joint venture between Euroleague Basketball and the IMG agency –secured a robust price from sports streaming service DAZN for the 2019-20 to 2022-23 rights cycle in Spain despite an initially unpromising market outlook, SportBusiness Media understands.

Pay-television broadcaster Arena Sport will pay more than triple the current per-season deal value to take National Basketball Association rights in the Balkans from rival Sportklub, driven by the sport’s growing popularity in the region.
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Bob Williams speaks to Chris Benyarko, the NBA's senior vice-president of direct to consumer, about the league's manifold micro-payments initiatives.

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

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

Econet closes its African pay-TV platform and agrees repayment schedule with rights-holders Rights-holders affected by closure include the IOC, the NBA, Fifa and Uefa

Pay-television broadcaster Sportklub has acquired Euroleague Basketball rights as part of a broader deal with the IMG agency

Pay-television broadcaster Sky has paid an increase of more than 130 per cent to claim NBA rights in the UK and Ireland. Sky has struck a four-season deal, from 2018-19 to 2021-22, worth about $3

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT has renewed rights to the Greek Basket League for a further two seasons and is set to pick up rights to a host of other domestic sports leagues

The NBA will again earn an increase in Poland after pay-television broadcaster NC Plus secured rights to the 2018-19 season last month.

The NBA has increased the value of its rights in Greece via a two-season renewal with pay-television broadcaster Cosmote this week.