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Inside this issue: MULTI-SPORT: Rights-holders face large fee cuts in Mena as Saudi-Qatar rancour grows BASKETBALL: NBA takes haircut in Philippines in Cignal, Smart deal after long stalemate

Swiss market experts are predicting tough sales conditions following the cross-carriage agreement between telcos UPC and Swisscom.

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.

DAZN Group, the global sports subscription service and media company, has undertaken a reshuffle of its executive team and will look to develop more non-live content as it continues to respond to the sizeable…

Subscription broadcaster Eleven Sports is plotting a return to the UK, albeit via an entirely different model to the one adopted during the short-lived entry to the market that was ultimately scuppered…

Chinese tech giant Tencent is said to be pressing for a merger of China’s biggest game-streaming platforms Huya and DouYu.

A dramatic fall in advertising caused by the Covid-19 pandemic led to a 23-per-cent drop in second-quarter revenues at the international division of Discovery, the US-based media group that owns pan-European…

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Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Mediapro’s minimum guarantee demand may scupper Téléfoot carriage talks GOLF: Fox eyes future renewals after parting ways with US Golf Association MOT

Inside this issue: MOTORSPORT: F1 sees massive fee hike in Germany in shift behind Sky paywall FOOTBALL: Tough market weighs on DFL domestic rights income

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.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Australia

Inside this issue: BASEBALL: MLB sees sharp fee hike in Turner renewal ahead of possible postseason expansion

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.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Rivals dent Nent’s Nordic dominance in big money Uefa club deals FOOTBALL: LaLiga begins European rights sales with revenue gains in Nordics, Balkans TE

As major sports properties return to action, the attention of broadcasters in Asia-Pacific is turning to rights-fee rebates and other forms of compensation for the Covid-19 interruption.

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.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Bundesliga starts Asian sales with Sky PerfecTV deal in Japan AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Amazon’s NFL renewal unlikely to herald major push in next cycle ES

Pent-up appetite for sports viewing is expected to be released in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, giving rights-holders an opportunity to attract significant new audiences.

Inside this issue: CYCLING: Prospect of virtual Tour de Suisse prompts rights wrangle FOOTBALL: Match TV fends off new entrants to retain Uefa club rights in Russia

Covid-19 has made an ambitious, sport-focused business turnaround at Sky New Zealand an even tougher task.

Inside this issue: MULTI-SPORT: Sports-media industry braces for post-Covid 19 world CYCLING: IMG closes in on Giro d’Italia international rights renewal FO

Trading in sports media rights has stopped. This has never happened before. The last time global sport came to a standstill was for the Second World War, some time before the sports-rights industry was born.

Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch built its reputation as a home for esports and video gaming communities, but its prominence as a platform for traditional sports is growing as it looks to widen its remit.

Inside this issue: RUGBY UNION: Six Nations pauses media-rights sales in face of Covid-19 pandemic FOOTBALL: Uefa sees sharp fee hike from club competitions in Balkans on strong interest

The shutdown of live sport due to the Covid-19 pandemic has stopped media-rights payments and negotiations, and prompted a scramble by broadcasters for alternative content across Asia-Pacific.

While over-the-top broadcasting platforms are increasing in popularity internationally, their growth in Asia has been restrained by challenges around pricing, piracy, and payments.