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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.

Inside this issue: CRICKET: Star snatches Cricket South Africa rights in India from Sony MOTORSPORT: Formula One closes North American rights cycle with Canadian fee rise

Speaking at the FANXP conference in Barcelona in February, leading executives from disruptive companies came together to speak about ‘the fan of the future’, and how DAZN, Eleven and Twitter are pushing the boundaries and meeting fan demand.

Sky Italia’s victory this month in its challenge to the restrictions placed on its rights acquisitions by the country’s antitrust authority was comprehensive but not definitive.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Bundesliga moves on from past Nordic problems with Nent fee boost CRICKET: Disney’s pivot to India-focused Hotstar strategy opened door to Sky-IPL reunion in the UK B

Česká Televize will pay more to continue to sublicense Olympic rights from US media group Discovery but will gain more winter Games hours and an additional digital broadcast option.

Inside this issue: FOOTBALL: Nent’s colossal Premier League deal shakes up Nordic market CYCLING: Tour, Vuelta deals good for EBU and Discovery but ASO incentive uncertain F

Indian online sports media platform FanCode is launching a subscription video product this year, built on content not currently covered by Indian broadcasters.