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A consortium of major rights-holders is about to launch legal action in the Saudi courts against the beoutQ pirate broadcast operation, which the rights-holders believe is backed by the Saudi government., SportBusiness Media understands.

BeIN Media Group’s public statement on February 8 that it had dropped Formula One because of the rights-holder’s inaction over the threat posed by the Saudi beoutQ pirate service has caused widespread concern among rights-holders. But it may not be enough to push them into legal action against beoutQ.

OSN’s decision to close most of its sports channels will leave a vacuum in the Middle East and North Africa for rights-holders that is unlikely to be filled for some time, experts have told SportBusiness M…
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In honour of Super Bowl LIII, SportBusiness Consulting has updated its USA market focus – part of the 2018 SportBusiness Consulting Global Media Report – and made it freely available.

Discovery Communications secured three late sublicensing rights deals ahead of last month’s winter Olympic Games, taking it closer to its sublicensing revenue target.

Sports media agency Spring Media has recruited Petter Werner, formally of the EBU and Lagardère, to its sales and acquisitions team in Stockholm.

Telefónica-owned broadcaster Movistar TV has acquired exclusive pay-television rights in Peru to this year’s Pan American Games, which will be held in the country.

Singaporean media company Mediacorp has secured rights to the 2020 summer Olympic Games and 2022 winter Olympic Games, both of which will be held in Asia

OTT streaming service DAZN will carry advertising and sponsorship placements on its platform as part of an expansion of the remit of the DAZN Group’s media division, the company said today (Wednesday).

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Perform-owned OTT platform DAZN has acquired exclusive Commonwealth Games rights in Canada as it bids to widen its subscriber base by adding more locally-relevant content.

The 2018 Olympic Games was shown live in Singapore after a late deal with pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports, which showed some coverage free-to-air.

Discovery Communications has so far recouped more than 70 per cent of its internal target from sublicensing Olympic Games media rights across Europe, according to TV Sports Markets research.

Public-service broadcaster UA:PBC has acquired rights in Ukraine to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games at a considerable uplift on the cost of the 2014 and 2016 Games.

The International Olympic Committee’s deal with telco América Móvil for pay-television and digital rights this month heralds an abrupt change in strategy across Latin America.

Italian public-service broadcaster Rai is understood to be close to a sublicensing deal with Discovery Communications to acquire rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games.

TVR is in the process of completing its deal for rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games in Romania.

Last month’s Olympic Games sublicensing deal in Germany with ARD and ZDF has plugged a large gap in Discovery Communications’ revenue projections.

ARD and ZDF are close to a sublicensing deal with Discovery Communications for Olympic Games rights in Germany about nine months after negotiations between the parties broke down.    

The International Olympic Committee will earn about 40 per cent more from sub-Saharan Africa compared to the previous two-Games cycle, taking advantage of Kwesé Sports’ strong desire for Olympic association, TV Sports Markets understands.

Polish public-service broadcaster TVP has paid an increase of over 40 per cent to acquire rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games from media group Discovery Communications.

TV Sports Markets understands the Telesport agency has acquired rights in Russia to four Olympic Games, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is currently in negotiations with Fifa for rights to the 2018 World Cup.

Discovery Communications’ decision to end negotiations with Germany’s public-service broadcasters over the free-to-air rights for the Olympic Games will be a very expensive one.

German public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF are unlikely to change their position over free-to-air rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games, despite being subjected to questions in parliament this month over their hard-line negotiating tactics.

The Infront Sports & Media agency has been working with advertising giant WPP to source sponsors for its free-to-air 2016 Olympics Games feed in sub-Saharan Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.