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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”.

Italian football’s Lega Serie A today (Monday) issued the invitation to tender document for the league’s international broadcast rights from 2021-22 to 2023-24.

Brazilian media group Globo is reported to have successfully fought off an appeal from world football’s governing body Fifa over payment of a $90m (€76.1m) sum for rights to a host of tournaments.
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Major League Soccer will introduce an enhanced second-screen broadcast feed during the MLS Cup Playoffs, which will implement player-tracking data and advanced metrics from technology company Second Spectrum

A judge in a commercial court has thrown out the Argentinian Football Association’s appeal to overturn a ruling reinstating pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports’ rights to the nation’s top tier of pr…

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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.

Chinese internet giant Tencent picked up the English Premier League rights for the 2020-21 season at a massive discount compared to the value of the terminated deal with previous rights-holder PPTV.

Greek pay-television broadcaster Nova has sharply increased its fees to Super League One club Panathinaikos to avoid losing the rights to the side’s home matches in the coming 2020-21 season.

The value of Copa Libertadores free-to-air rights in Brazil has halved in commercial broadcaster SBT’s deal following media group Globo’s vacation of the rights in the country.

Dutch telco Ziggo has secured another fee reduction in its latest renewal of Spanish LaLiga rights amid a lack of competition in the market.

International media group Discovery has continued its sublicensing agreement with DAZN into 2020-21 at the same fee after the former’s attempt to terminate its Bundesliga rights deal was thwarted by the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS).

The Portuguese arm of pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports has only slightly raised its per-season outlay on Spanish LaLiga rights, for the 2021-24 cycle, with the property looking to have hit a ceiling in the territory.

After a five-month delay and a few matches shaved off the top, this season’s Uefa Champions League and Europa League have finally come to a close. The one-legged format used from the quarterfinals produced one of the most exciting tournaments in recent memory, prompting Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin to ponder whether Uefa could learn a thing or two for future seasons.

Marcin Animucki, president of the Ekstraklasa SA board, discusses the leagues latest domestic deals and how it was able to avoid paying rebates for the suspended 2019-20 season.

The Asian Football Confederation and the Football Marketing Asia agency are to renegotiate the terms of their landmark, $2.4bn (€2bn) global commercial rights contract covering 2021-28, SportBusiness understands.