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First ever pay-per-view coverage for Top 14

Football: Caribbean sports cable channel SportsMax acquired the free-to-air and pay-television rights for all Fifa events from 2007 to 2014 in a deal worth $18m (£9.3m/€13.7m). 

Football: South African public-service broadcaster SABC acquired a package of free-to-air rights for English football’s Premier League in a three-year deal from 2007-08 to 2009-10. 

Football: Free-to-air broadcasters HRT (Croatia), RUV (Iceland) and TV3 (Slovenia), acquired exclusive live rights to all 31 matches of Euro 2008 in deals with the Sportfive agency, which is marketing…

French pay-broadcaster Canal Plus will pay only a small increase in rights fees for a much greater number of matches in a new four-year deal for French rugby union’s top-tier domestic league, the Top 1…

£3 million per year bid for English Premier League rights, compared to £9 million per year under existing deal

Cricket:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan was awarded the domestic rights to the upcoming India v Pakistan series by the Madras High Court, which was ruling on the case brought by Indian broadcaster Zee Telefilms.

The value to a sponsor of terrestrial television coverage against satellite coverage

Rugby union’s Six Nations has secured significant rights fee increases

Asian Games:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan acquired the exclusive rights in India for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, paying $400,000 (£215,000/€313,000), an increase of $50,000 on what it paid for the previous Games.

Australia’s television networks are gearing up for the first of several fierce rights battles

Rugby Union:  Sanzar, the umbrella body representing the South African, New Zealand and Australian rugby football unions, agreed a five-year deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News and South African pay- broadcaster Supersport.

The Six Nations championship boosted television audiences in all participating countries except Italy.

UK broadcasters experience a mixed 2005 for television-sport viewing.

Football: French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 reportedly acquired the rights for football's Euro 2008 in a deal brokered by the Sportfive agency.

Television audiences for the UK’s traditional sporting showpieces fall in 2006, according to TV Sports Markets survey.

Irish broadcasters TV3 and Setanta issue complaint against ITV