Cycling: French public-service broadcaster France Télévisions renewed its deal for the Tour de France.

German audiences crash, but ratings in France hold up

The finals of the Wimbledon tennis championship drew good television audiences in many of the sport’s top European markets last weekend. 

Snooker: UK public-service broad-caster the BBC renewed its deal with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association for a further five years, from 2007 to 2011, paying about £20m (€29m).  The deal is thought to be a significant cut on the existing deal, worth about £28m over a five-and-a-half year period.

Rugby union: UK pay-broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting acquired the exclusive live rights to European club rugby’s Heineken Cup competition in the UK and Ireland in a four-year deal, from 2006-07 to 2…

EBU membership threatened and other Scandinavian public service broadcasters angered by cost-cutting measures

Horseracing: Australian free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network acquired live rights to 13 premier race meetings in 2007 from  the Australian Racing Board, which brokered the deal through TVN, owners of …

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

Tour of Britain is looking for a new rights-distributor

Motorsport: German pay-broad-caster Premiere acquired the exclusive live rights for motor racing’s Nascar and Indycar series for the 2006 season.

Pan-European broadcaster acquires content specifically for the region for the first time.