Mixed Martial Arts

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Lagardère restructure plans prompt key staff departures...UFC targets Asian expansion...Mediapro moves on Portugal...ITV beats BBC-IMG

Handball: Setanta Africa, the sub-Saharan Africa sports broadcaster, acquired the rights for the European Handball Federation Champions League Final Four in a deal with the Sportsman Media Group

Archive: UK pay-television operator ESPN agreed an archive sports programming deal with public-service broadcaster the BBC. More than 80 hours of archive footage will be shown on the ESPN Classic channel

Video-sharing giant has head-start on social network, but Facebook's fan communities could give it a leg up.

Golf: Pay-television golf broadcaster the Golf Channel acquired the rights to the Asian Tour in North America, Latin America and Japan in deals with Asian Tour Media, the distributor of the tour’s media r…

Dana White speaks about UFC's groundbreaking live streaming on the world's biggest social network.

Handball: EHF Marketing, the commercial arm of the European Handball Federation, signed media-rights deals with broadcasters in several territories

Premier League gives up on growth in China ... Copa deals concluded ... FA digging in on Uefa plan ... Rai-federation stalemate ... New home for Strikeforce ... MotoGP confirms IMG.

Kickboxing: German commercial broadcaster Sat.1 agreed a two-year deal, beginning immediately, for rights to the fights of World Kickboxing Association world champion Christine Theiss

Mixed Martial Arts: Canadian channel The Fight Network acquired the English-language broadcast rights in a multi-year deal for kick-boxing promotion It’s Showtime.

European Broadcasting Union looking at motorsports and combat sports among others in commercially-driven reshape of sports rights portfolio.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship drew its second-biggest pay-per-view audience ever last weekend.

Basketball: Euroleague Basketball agreed deals in the UK, China and Iceland for the 2010 Final Four

Boxing: German public-service broadcaster ARD acquired the rights for a minimum 12 fights a year from Sauerland Promotions in a four-year deal, 2008 to 2011, renewing a previous contract

One-sided, mismatched bouts damaging boxing's television audiences