Minor Sports

Interactive entertainment company Activision Blizzard has acquired the business of Major League Gaming, a leader in the creation and streaming of premium live eSports events, organising professional competitions and running competitive gaming leagues.

FIDE, the global governing body of chess, has secured its first long-term media rights deal through a new partnership with Norwegian public-service broadcaster NRK.

The son of Wang Jianlin, chairman of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, plans to establish a new streaming platform dedicated to eSports, according to the South China Morning Post.

Canadian broadcast group Asian Television Network has acquired exclusive rights for the second season of India’s Pro-Kabaddi League.

The International Federation of Sport Climbing has partnered with extreme sports media company Epic TV to produce monthly online climbing shows.

The Broadreach Media agency has struck a deal to distribute the International Canoe Federation’s global media rights.

Online sports and entertainment channel Red Bull TV has agreed a carriage deal with streaming platform Roku.

The 2014 edition of the World Mind Games has secured 22 broadcast partnerships worldwide, including 11 that will show the ongoing Beijing event across Asia and Europe

Portuguese pay-television broadcaster Sport TV has acquired media rights for the Formula E electric car-racing championship, which is operated by the FIA, motorsport’s global governing body.

Media rights clips from September 4 to 17

The Star India broadcast subsidiary of media company 21st Century Fox has said the inaugural season of the Pro-Kabaddi League has become the second largest Indian sports property behind cricket’s Indian Premier League in terms of broadcast reach.

Canadian broadcast group Asian Television Network has acquired rights to the inaugural season of the Pro-Kabaddi League.

USA

The NBC Sports Ventures division of US sports broadcasting organisation NBC Sports Group has agreed a multi-year strategic alliance that will provide broadcast exposure for obstacle racing series the Spartan Race.

The World DanceSport Federation has appointed the IEC in Sports agency to exclusively distribute the international media rights for its WDSF GrandSlam Series.

The IMG Media agency has signed a long-term multi-platform distribution agreement with European television provider M7 Group which will result in action sports and lifestyle channel Edgesport being afforded a platform on the continent.

Indian pay-television broadcaster Star Sports has acquired rights to the Pro-Kabaddi League, the latest property which aims to transplant the successful model of cricket’s Indian Premier League into a different sport.

Pan-European motor sport television channel Motors TV has secured free-to-air exposure in the UK after agreeing a deal with telecommunications company Arqiva’s Connect TV service.