Rugby Union

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.

·   Football: Polish public-service broadcaster TVP and commercial broadcaster Polsat agreed a joint-deal for the 2006 World Cup with the Infront agency worth €15m (£10.3m).  TVP

·   Football: African broadcasters acquired the rights for the African Cup of Nations in a series of last-minute deals with the LC2 agency. 

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