Basketball

Robert Müller von Vultejus explains agency's branching into production and broadcast

Football: South African public-service broadcaster SABC acquired a package of free-to-air rights for English football’s Premier League in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10. 

Ice hockey:  Finnish ice-hockey’s domestic SM-liiga signed a three-year joint-deal with pay-television operator Canal Plus Nordic and free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nelonen worth about €3.7m (£2.5m) a

Sogecable is to end its financial backing of European club basketball’s top-tier league, the Euroleague

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.

League's first nationwide deal in Greece

Golf: US network NBC signed a six-year extension to its deal with the US Golf Association which gives it the live rights for the US Open, one of golf’s four Majors.

Formula 1: Grand Prix Entertainment, a company created by DIC Entertainment and the Wasserman Media Group, acquired Formula 1 rights in the US.

·   Football: African broadcasters acquired the rights for the African Cup of Nations in a series of last-minute deals with the LC2 agency. 

Television rights deals with incumbent partners ABC/ESPN and TNT likely to be the most valuable of the year.