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English football’s fifth-tier, the National League, bucked the market trend to secure an increase in its media-rights fee in its latest domestic renewal with telco BT.

Three big deals by telco China Mobile have raised cautious hopes for competition in the Chinese rights market after a dreadful 2020.

Uefa has maintained the value of its club competitions in Portugal through renewals with pay-television broadcasters Eleven Sports and Sport TV.
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Potential US buyers baulked at the asking price for media rights to Conmebol’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, exposing several members of the seven-strong selling consortium to significant losses on their investments.

Serie A’s carve out of important rights in its international rights invitation to tender for the 2021-24 cycle has surprised potential agency bidders. Agency sources say there is a premium attached to being the sole global distributor of a property, which is reflected in rights fees. This will be lost in the current process.

Brazilian media group Globo is reported to have arranged to meet a delegation from world football’s governing body Fifa to clear the air between the two parties after their relationship has become strained i…

The Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) has announced that telco Telecel submitted the highest bid in the most recent tender for media rights to Bolivian club football, bidding over $12m (€9.9m) per season.

Pay-television broadcaster StarTimes has acquired rights in sub-Saharan Africa to the African Nations Championship (CHAN) national team football tournament

Indonesian media group Emtek has renewed its rights for Uefa club competitions for the next three-year cycle, 2021-22 to 2023-24

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Eleven needed to retain LaLiga rights in Belgium to strengthen its position in carriage negotiations next year.

The value of Uefa’s national-team rights in Scandinavia from 2022-23 has risen sharply, with the European governing body the latest rights-holder to prosper in the region amid a push by broadcasters to seal long-term deals for premium properties.

Digital streaming platform OneFootball has picked up French Ligue 1 rights in Brazil at a substantial discount after DAZN’s exit from the market.

BeIN Media-owned broadcaster Digiturk has agreed to increase its fee for Turkish Süper Lig rights for the 2020-21 season to help keep the league’s struggling clubs afloat.

Bundesliga international rights declined in value in 2020-21 as the league struggles to find a home in the Middle East and found mixed results replacing its multi-territory Fox deal via market-by-market sales.

Varavuth Jentanakul, founder and chief executive of Thai media company Zense Entertainment, explains the story behind his company’s landmark eight-year deal for Football Association of Thailand rights.

The value of Asian Football Confederation rights in Vietnam rose considerably in the recent deal with telco FPT, driven by a competitive sales process that took place well before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

IMG has found new homes for the 2020-21 Serie A rights in Brazil after DAZN cancelled its deal. But the replacement deals will bring in significantly lower revenue, SportBusiness Media understands.

The Infront agency has called into question the value for sports bodies of entering partnerships with private equity companies, arguing that such deals result in a “loss of control”.

The English FA is thought to have achieved a robust fee for rights to the top-tier Women’s Super League in the first domestic rights tender for the property.

Thai media company Zense Entertainment and international broadcaster Eleven Sports are discussing the creation of a linear and digital media platform for Thai domestic football in the wake of Zense’s landmark eight-year rights deal with the Thai FA.

Uefa has seen the value of its top-tier Champions League competition fall by a fifth in Italy for the coming 2021-24 cycle. But the drop has been cushioned by the entry of ecommerce giant Amazon, which has committed a considerable amount to acquire a package of rights.

Manchester United and Liverpool will push ahead with their demand to exploit some of their English Premier League matches on their own digital channels despite the likely damage this will cause to the value of the league’s main international rights package, SportBusiness Media understands.

Between Project Big Picture and pay-per-view, it’s not been the best couple of weeks for Premier League football’s public image.

Difficult markets conditions across South America has led Bundesliga International to push for greater exposure across the region.

The German Bundesliga had mixed fortunes in a series of deals agreed in Asia in recent weeks, achieving relatively strong fees and coverage in some markets but struggling to finalise deals in others.

European football’s governing body Uefa has increased the value of its top-tier Champions League rights in Albania in the 2021-24 cycle by almost a third while also securing free-to-air coverage.

European football’s governing body Uefa has secured a huge hike in revenues from national-team rights in Finland as public-service broadcaster YLE overcame strong competition to secure a long-term deal.

The surprise emergence of free-to-air broadcaster KBS as a bidder for German Bundesliga rights in South Korea generated some competition during the 2020-22 sales process, but not enough to stave off a dip in value.