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Canal Plus and the European Tour renewed their deal in France for a mammoth eight years in what is seen as an attempt by the broadcaster to fend off the potential threat of Discovery’s GolfTV channel.
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US broadcaster Fox elected to walk away from its rights to US Golf Association events to free up funds for properties more fitting its portfolio, market experts have told SportBusiness Media.

Sky achieved its long-held ambition of exclusive live coverage of the US Masters in the UK because its co-incumbent, the BBC, decided live golf is no longer a strategic priority.

Fox Sports Asia’s desire to reduce its spend on rights to The Open in Asia-Pacific opened the door for OTT platform GolfTV to grab non-exclusive rights alongside the pay-television broadcaster.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky’s extension of its rights deal for The Open is an attempt to shore up its dominant position in golf in the UK and Ireland against the threat of GolfTV, the dedicated channel run by the Discovery-PGA Tour joint venture, SportBusiness Media understands.
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European Tour Productions, the Tour’s host broadcast and media-rights sales arm in which the US-based PGA Tour recently agreed to acquire a minority stake, has reported turnover of £99.5m (€110.4m/$134.5m)

Media group Discovery has opted to showcase live and highlights coverage of golf’s PGA Tour on its Eurosport channels in 36 European and Central Asian markets in 2021.
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The PGA Tour and ESPN have reached an agreement for direct-to-consumer platform ESPN+ to stream live, featured-hole coverage from 23 Tour events in 2021

South Korean broadcaster JTBC Plus has built on its association with global media group Discovery by signing an agreement to form a joint venture to further develop golf in the country

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Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has raised its annual outlay on two of golf’s majors, the PGA Championship and Open Championship, by almost half to secure its dominance over the sport in the DACH region against the threat of US media group Discovery.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky Sports’ new rights deal for the US PGA Championship is for the five-year period from 2019 to 2023, SportBusiness Media understands. This marks a rebuilding of the long-term partnership between rights-holder and broadcaster that ended in 2016 when Sky refused to meet rights distributor IMG’s valuation of the property.

The European Tour agreed new deals with Sky in the UK and Ireland as well as in Germany, Austria and Switzerland last month, as a multi-territory agreement with Discovery nears completion.

The PGA Tour this week future-proofed its international business, setting up a joint venture with Discovery for its media rights outside the US in a 12-year, $2bn (€1.72bn) deal.

AT&T’s sale of Golf Channel Latin America could breathe new life into the ailing broadcaster, but its new owners must work quickly to agree carriage deals and renew rights agreements.

Pay-television broadcaster DSport is paying a slightly higher fee than previous rights-holder Ten Sports for the US PGA Championship in the Indian subcontinent.

The Open Championship returned to screens in the Indian subcontinent this year following a late deal with pay-television broadcaster DSport

Pay-television broadcaster DSport has bought rights in India to golf’s US Open for a far higher price than the annual fee Sony Pictures Networks paid in 2016.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in Golf, focusing on the PGA Tour, Majors, European Tour and the Ryder Cup

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in Golf, focusing on the PGA Tour, Majors, European Tour and the Ryder Cup

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in Golf, focusing on the PGA Tour, Majors, European Tour and the Ryder Cup

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses the media-rights landscape in Golf, focusing on the PGA Tour, Majors, European Tour and the Ryder Cup.

The BBC has held on to its Masters golf rights, confounding speculation it was going to be displaced by an aggressive Sky bid for exclusive rights. Sky must now decide whether it makes sense to continue sharing the event with the BBC and, if so, at what price.

Beleaguered French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus has retained a host of golf properties and added third-tier domestic football rights in recent weeks as it seeks to stem subscriber losses.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand this month stepped in to acquire PGA Tour golf rights after streaming service Coliseum negotiated the termination of its deal.

Golf’s US PGA Tour has doubled its rights fee in the Indian subcontinent after a six-year renewal with Indian pay-television broadcaster Neo Sports.

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.

Germany’s football federation is set to earn about 35 per cent more from domestic media rights to its knockout cup competition, with deals to be announced in the coming weeks.