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.