Football:  Italian pay-television operator Sky Italia acquired the pay-television rights to all 64 matches of the 2006 World Cup, 39 of which it will show exclusively, in a deal with the Infront agency.  Sky is paying an estimated €40m (£27.3m) for the rights.  The deal also includes the rights to this year’s Fifa Confederations Cup, the Fifa World Youth Championships and the 16 26-minute preview programmes produced by Infront (page 1).

Broadcaster to help West Indies Cricket Board sell rights elsewhere

Football: French commercial broad-caster TF1 agreed a deal with the Infront agency for the pay-television rights for the 2006 World Cup and sublicensed them to pay-broadcaster Canal Plus and its own cable and satellite channel Eurosport.

Global Cricket Corporation will be handicapped when it bids for the next round of rights.

Cricket: Indian channel Zee Sports acquired the worldwide television, radio and broadband rights to 25 one-day internationals featuring India to be played at neutral venues around the world in the next five years.

Changes sought to make rights easier to sell on

The games may be great, but timing hits key audience

Cricket Australia has surprised television sports experts by not going out to tender when it awarded exclusive rights for Australian cricket to Nine network

Cricket:  Indian pay-television broadcaster Sony Entertainment Television acquired the international rights to this month’s India v Pakistan tour for $11.5m (£6m/€8.7m).

sale of the Australian free-to-air rights for this summer’s England v Australia Ashes cricket series is a blow to pay-broadcaster Fox Sports

Neo’s high prices created poor relationships with cable operators

Cricket:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan was awarded the domestic rights to the upcoming India v Pakistan series by the Madras High Court, which was ruling on the case brought by Indian broadcaster Zee Telefilms.

The value to a sponsor of terrestrial television coverage against satellite coverage

Row over Indian cricket board’s television rights took a further twist this week

Australia’s television networks are gearing up for the first of several fierce rights battles

Neo TV forced to share rights for India matches with Doordarshan

Zee commits to launch of Zee Sports

The government wants to introduce listed-events legislation

Low offer by state broadcaster