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French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus faced little competition in renewing its NHL rights, SportBusiness Media understands.

Infront has sealed a big increase in value for International Ice Hockey Federation rights across the Nordics, in a deal with the Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group that will help cover the increased costs of its own recently-signed global rights agreement.

The Infront agency has almost doubled the value of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s global media and marketing rights and promised future digital investment and collaboration to seal a 10-year agreement.

Russian internet company Yandex will look to expand its sports-rights portfolio after acquiring exclusive rights to the National Hockey League in Russia amid fierce competition.

The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has increased the value of its domestic rights by about 60 per cent in a new deal with US media group Discovery, whilst retaining the same level of free-to-air exposure.
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MSG Networks has partnered with US gambling operator FanDuel in a deal which will give basketball team the New York Knicks and the NHL's New Jersey Devils broadcasts on the regional sports network's channels…

The Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group has announced a growth of 37,000 subscribers to its Viaplay service in the last quarter, and a 25-per-cent increase year-on-year. Nent now has 1

The Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group continues to pick up exclusive winter sports rights in the Nordics, agreeing a new deal until 2028 with the Infront agency for International Ice Hockey Federation…

The National Hockey League is continuing its strategy to increase its European fanbase and revenue streams by scheduling more than 50 games in primetime for the continent for the second straight season

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Swedish media group Bonnier has significantly increased its investment in Sweden’s second-tier ice hockey league, the HockeyAllsvenskan, to prevent a tender process that might have allowed a rival to swoop.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of the National Hockey League (NHL).

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub has reached a new deal that will give it increased exclusivity over National Hockey League rights in Switzerland from the 2020-21 season

TV2 Norway has agreed to almost treble the value of media rights to the country’s top-tier ice hockey league, the Get-ligaen.

Lagardère Sports last month secured coverage in Germany and Austria for the Kontinental Hockey League following years without a partner.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has renewed its National Hockey League sublicensing deal on more favourable terms, TV Sports Markets understands.

The Kontinental Hockey League’s new international rights deal with the Lagardère Sports agency marks the beginning of a six-season plan to expand the league across Europe and restructure its revenue streams.

Interview with Sergey Dobrokhvalov, marketing and communications vice president at the Kontinental Hockey League, on the league's recent international rights deal with Lagardère Sports and the league's plans for expansion.

Finland’s SM-Liiga defied expectations by substantially increasing the value of its media rights last week thanks to telco Telia’s entrance into the Finnish sports media-rights market.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses media-rights in the US major leagues: MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL

In the latest interactive monthly data report, TV Sports Markets analyses media-rights in the US major leagues: MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL

Finnish commercial and pay-television broadcaster MTV3 acquired a package of ice hockey rights from Infront Sports & Media, negotiating a slightly reduced fee, as local broadcasters wait on the upcoming sale of domestic ice hockey rights.

The Commercial Sports Media agency is confident it can grow the value of SM-Liiga domestic media rights despite a tricky local market. CSM was last week appointed as the top-tier Finnish ice hockey league’s adviser.

Pay-television broadcaster C More last week agreed the most valuable Swedish sports-rights deal in history, paying an increase of about 90 per cent to renew Swedish Hockey League rights.

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

Red Star Kunlun’s entry as the first Chinese team in the Kontinental Hockey League has helped the league massively increase its exposure, but is yet to have any impact on its bottom line.

The Infront Sports & Media agency will pay about double its current outlay for Champions Hockey League media and marketing rights in a bid to have greater control over the competition, TV Sports Markets understands.

Pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports is close to renewing its deal for National Hockey League rights in the UK for which it will pay an increase of about 25 per cent, TV Sports Markets understands.