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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.

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.

African broadcaster Kwesé TV has agreed a partnership with the European Handball Federation for rights to its Champions League club competition.

The European Handball Federation has reported a significant increase in digital viewing for its recent Women’s Euro 2018 tournament in France.

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports has renewed a rights agreement in France for the domestic Ligue Nationale de Handball (LNH) competition. The new four-season deal will run from 2019-20 to 2022-23

Sports streaming service DAZN has acquired rights in Germany and Austria to men’s club handball competition the EHF Cup.

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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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