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The Tour de Suisse cycling race may be held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it is not certain that the Infront agency, which distributes the media rights to the physical event, will have the rights to the e-cycling equivalent.

The IMG agency is on the verge of retaining international rights to the Giro d’Italia cycling stage race despite heavy interest from US media giant Discovery, SportBusiness Media understands.

The latest rights deals for cycling’s Tour de France and La Vuelta a España represent good business for the buyers, the European Broadcasting Union and Discovery Communications, industry insiders familiar with the deals told SportBusiness Media.

Tour de France rights-holder Amaury Sport Organisation’s decision to exclusively sell the property in Canada to OTT platform FloSports for the 2020-23 cycle represents an experiment that could lead to similar streaming partnerships in other territories, SportBusiness Media understands.

Ryan Fenton discusses FloSports’ acquisition of Tour de France rights in Canada as well as the OTT platform’s wider cycling strategy.

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired highlights rights to the England cricket team’s Test and one-day international matches this summer, while it has also agreed a deal to cover the V-Series W…
USA

ESPN is partnering with US exercise equipment and media company Peloton to stage a virtual indoor cycling race featuring athletes and celebrities from across the sports landscape to benefit Covid-19 relief …

Discovery-owned international sports broadcaster Eurosport and Global Cycling Network have joined forces with online training and racing platform Zwift to launch a new exhibition racing series for the…

Over-the-top streaming service the Olympic Channel will show free live coverage of the Tour de Suisse-backed ‘Digital Swiss 5’ e-cycling event.

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Public-service broadcaster ARD’s three-year renewal of its Tour de France rights deal in Germany reflects its renewed commitment to the Tour following earlier concerns over doping. It follows two two-year deals which the broadcaster considered a test period.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in cycling, looking at the three major Tours; the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the Giro d'Italia.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in cycling, looking at the three major Tours; the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the Giro …

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in cycling, looking at the three major Tours; the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España and the Giro d'Italia.

Amaury Sport Organisation has increased the value of its Tour de France media rights across Europe by just under 20 per cent following a renewal with the European Broadcasting Union this month.

Italian public-service broadcaster Rai and sports broadcaster Eurosport have renewed their deals for the Giro d’Italia, but the shorter domestic contract length and dramatic fee increase in both deals illustrates a more aggressive approach from commercial rights-holder RCS Sport.

German public-service broadcaster ARD is close to renewing its non-exclusive deal for Tour de France cycling rights at a small fee increase.

Amaury Sport Organisation secured a small increase in the value of its domestic rights, including the Tour de France, in last month’s five-year renewal with France Télévisions.

Union Cycliste Internationale president Brian Cookson said it sold its rights to the European Broadcasting Union as the EBU was “the best player in the market to place our events on free-to-air broadcasters across Europe”.

The value of Vuelta a España rights in Spain fell for the third successive time in a renewal with TVE last week.

The creation of a multi-sport European Championships from 2018 is part of an attempt to de-clutter a congested sporting schedule, and to help summer sports benefit from each other’s popularity.

Interviews with four of the federations taking part in the inaugural 2018 multi-sport European Championships about why they have signed up to the new concept.

Media rights clips from December 17 to January 20

FOOTBALL Football: International pay-television broadcaster ESPN extended a rights deal in Brazil for the English top-tier Premier League club competition

Mike Kiernan, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences for the 2015 Tour de France

Media rights clips from July 9 to 22

Media rights clips from June 25 to July 8

Media rights clips from June 11 to 24

Media rights clips from May 28 to June 10