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The rescheduling of European Handball Federation Champions League matches to midweek is proving a sticking point in Infront’s efforts to negotiate a new rights round in France, SportBusiness Media understands. 

The European Handball Federation unified both its club and national team competitions in the Balkans into one new deal with Arena Sports, leading to a sharp rise in the value of its rights in the region.

The recent carve out of Ligue Féminine de Handball (LFH) rights from the wider package of French handball federation (FFHB) rights may have damaged the LFH’s prospects for coverage after beIN failed to renew their long-standing partnership.

Media group AMC Networks has paid a significant increase to renew its rights to European Handball Federation events in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, having missed out on several key properties over the last 18 months.

The Fédération Française de Handball is struggling to find a free-to-air partner for French national-team matches after carving these rights out of its new deal with beIN Sports, SportBusiness Media understands.

Discovery-owned international sports broadcaster Eurosport has secured exclusive rights in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway to the six handball qualifying tournaments for the 2020 summer Olympic Games

French free-to-air commercial broadcaster TF1 has built on its handball coverage by acquiring rights to the Olympic qualifying tournament in which the national team will compete

DAZN Group has reiterated its intention to ensure transparency in its joint 10-year European Handball Federation rights agreement with the Infront agency given the digital sports media company is also…

Commercial broadcaster RTL attracted a peak audience of 1.6 million viewers in Croatia as the Balkan country’s national handball team lost out to Spain in the final of the men’s European Handball Championships.

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BeIN Media Group has told SportBusiness Media it is in talks with various parties for the domestic free-to-air rights for the Ligue Nationale de Handball competition from 2019 to 2023; one of these parties is understood to be French digital-terrestrial channel L’Équipe TV.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT has renewed rights to the Greek Basket League for a further two seasons and is set to pick up rights to a host of other domestic sports leagues

The European Handball Federation has increased the value of its global media and marketing rights by up to 300 per cent in a new deal with a joint venture comprised of the Infront agency and digital media company Perform.

The International Handball Federation told TV Sports Markets this week it agreed an eight-year global media-rights deal with the MP & Silva agency – rather than its usual four-year cycle – due to the long-term financial security it will provide.

The European Handball Federation is expected to secure a large increase in the value of its club competition and national team media and marketing rights, with bids due in six weeks.

The Sportradar agency launched its B2B OTT service this month – agreeing its first deal with the European Handball Federation – as it plans to roll it out to multiple rights-holders.

The European Handball Federation will be seeking a large increase in the value of media rights to its competitions when it offers them to the market this September. The EHF announced it would centralise national team and club rights earlier this month.

The Norwegian handball federation returned to former broadcast partner TV2 last month, keeping its media-rights revenue steady in the process.

Germany’s Handball-Bundesliga has eschewed offers from multiple agencies for its international media rights in order to sell market-by-market itself.

German bank Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) took the unusual step of acquiring International Handball Federation World Championship media rights this month.

German pay-television broadcaster Sky triggered a clause to renew EHF Champions League rights late last year, extending its deal until 2019-20.

Germany’s Handball-Bundesliga has increased the value of its media rights by at least 67 per cent with international rights still to be sold, TV Sports Markets understands.

The German handball league, the Handball-Bundesliga, will receive bids for its domestic media rights one week from today, TV Sports Markets understands.

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.

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