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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.

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.

Korean internet services firm Kakao has launched a new golf media section, including live streaming coverage of major tours, on its online portal Daum

The PGA Tour has announced an expansive agreement with Facebook to distribute daily highlight packages globally on Facebook Watch in 2020, starting at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand is to broadcast the Masters, golf’s first major of the year.

UK digital television channel FreeSports will broadcast coverage of this week’s rescheduled Hong Kong Open golf tournament, which gets underway tomorrow (Thursday).

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In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in golf. This is the free version of the report.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in golf.

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.