Saudi Arabia’s confirmation that it will create a rights-acquisition and content platform under its Saudi Sports Company division had long been expected. What took some industry observers by surprise was the country’s apparent scaling back of its ambitions and the ostensibly softer tone used when outlining its acquisitions strategy.
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FOOTBALL: Broadcaster power struggles help drive up the value of LaLiga in sub-Saharan Africa
CRICKET: Sri Lanka Cricket finally sells rights, but income depends on shifting calendar
Fox Sports Asia is in a challenging series of carriage negotiations in its key markets, with pay-television platforms trying to use the pan-regional broadcaster’s eroded sports portfolio to drive down fees.
The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia’s (CNMC) decision to extend telco Telefónica’s content-sharing requirement until at least 2023 will limit the extent of the telco’s Spanish market dominance. But many of its rivals are still calling for a comprehensive review into the telco’s position.
Sports rights-holders are increasingly gloomy about their prospects of maintaining rights-fee values in the Middle East and North Africa after recent developments in the rancorous three-year dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Indonesian OTT platform Mola TV is scaling back its investment in sports content after concluding it is not delivering value for money. The move is a blow to rights-holders selling into Indonesia as the well-resourced Mola has recently been the source of considerable rights-fee inflation.
Australia’s top domestic federations have accepted significant short-term rights-fee cuts in renegotiated deals with domestic broadcasters, prioritising income security in the aftermath of the Covid-19 shutdown.
The merger of Fox Sports and ESPN’s Brazilian arms further consolidates the country’s sports broadcast market and could make it even more difficult for international rights-holders to extract value from an already tricky territory.
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