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Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Uefa continues to grow club competition income in Austria & Switzerland HANDBALL: EHF Champions League rescheduling hits rights round in France

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in the Middle East and Africa.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Europa League value falls in France in wake of Champions League frenzy FOOTBALL: Premier League goes early in Nordics and opens up option of premium six-season deal

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Uefa secures massive Champions League hike in Germany as broadcaster battle heats up

Tomos Grace discusses the company’s three-pronged strategy, its role as a ‘free-funnel’ for rights-holders, and its plans to develop its ‘pay’ and ‘live’ offers.

Pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus posted another decline in subscriber numbers in France in 2019, although the rate of decrease slowed, according to parent company Vivendi’s year-end results.

International media group Discovery has finalised a new multi-year carriage deal with telecoms operator Telenor across the Nordic region, adding the distribution of the Dplay streaming offering into the…
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US audio streaming subscription service Spotify will be paying $250m (€229m) for the Ringer, the multimedia sports and pop culture content hub created by Bill Simmons, according to figures reported by B…

French pay-television broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports have announced the formal completion of their exclusive distribution and Ligue 1 sub-licensing deal

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Premier League club Liverpool’s decision to launch ‘paid-for’ content options on global video-sharing platform YouTube is a taster of how the platform will develop its sports-broadcasting partnerships.

The International Olympic Committee extended a long run of media-rights revenue growth in Japan in its latest deal with the market’s free-to-air broadcaster consortium for 2026 to 2032, when the special case of the large Tokyo 2020 sales cycle is disregarded.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Mediapro ‘bias’ claims cast cloud over Champions League award in France FOOTBALL: Uefa benefits from US digital battle as club competition values soar FOO

RTBF’s Olympic sublicensing deal with US media group Discovery was delayed by the Belgian broadcaster’s determination not to exceed the amount it committed to the European Broadcasting Union’s failed attempt to acquire the property, SportBusiness Media understands.

OTT platform Mola TV has lit a fire under the Indonesian sports-media industry in the last year with the rapid rollout of its new service and a string of media-rights acquisitions. In an exclusive interview, Mirwan Suwarso, a representative of the company, tells SportBusiness Media that sports content is the spearhead of a wider plan by parent company Djarum to create a major domestic and international media business.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: BT looks to secure sports future with huge Champions League renewal FOOTBALL: Caf-Lagardère dispute throws market into confusion, agency mulls legal options

French pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus is set to recoup its outlay on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic rights in a deal with Discovery-owned Eurosport, SportBusiness Media understands.

In October, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper described the UK as “a logical DAZN market”, pinpointing three potential avenues of entry: rights to the English Premier League, boxing, and tennis. But experts and insiders surveyed by SportBusiness say DAZN should treat the UK market with caution.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Digiturk and LaLiga end deal in Turkey amid currency crisis FOOTBALL: Timing will be critical to Serie A domestic rights tender

The Plan B Media agency is in talks with multiple broadcasters in Thailand to sublicense the Tokyo 2020 Olympics rights, which it acquired from the Japan-based Dentsu agency in a surprise move this summer.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: UK, France may drive global Champions League revenue downturn FOOTBALL: Bundesliga agrees big fee rise in US with ESPN, but takes exposure gamble

Paul Rehrig, general manager, Eurosport Digital, talks about Discovery’s deal with Twitter for coverage of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

The deal struck this week between US media group Discovery and social media platform Twitter for coverage of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo is expected to be the first of many such clip and highlights deals, as Discovery looks for additional ways to monetise its substantial investment in the rights in Europe.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Uefa set to agree record deal with Deutsche Telekom for Euro 2024 FOOTBALL: LaLiga shifts to fee plus revenue share in Premier Sports UK, Ireland deals

Inside this issue: BASKETBALL: Euroleague secures robust fee rise in Turkey amid booming basketball interest AMERICAN FOOTBALL: NFL eyes further brand boost with ProSiebenSat

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: BBC pays blockbuster fee for Women’s Euro 2021 UK rights as market surges F

Inside this issue: TENNIS: Amazon pays premium in French Open domestic rights play BASKETBALL: China’s Tencent sees off Youku to keep NBA digital rights in record deal F

Ewell Zhao talks about Tencent’s rights renewal with the NBA, its method for valuing sports media rights and the future of the Chinese sports video streaming industry.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Weak pound post-Brexit vote boosts total Premier League rights income MULTI-SPORT: Ambitious JTBC shakes Korean FTA broadcasters, delivers strong Olympics fee for IOC