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Premiere has pulled out of a sublicensing deal with public-service broadcaster ARD for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics in a row over price and exclusivity

The Fédération Internationale de Ski, the sport’s world governing body, will try to buy the television rights for each of the national associations

Football: French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 confirmed their joint acquisition of the rights for Euro 2008, in a €100m (£68m) deal brokered by the Sportfive agency. 

German ski association's rights fee income falls amid general decline in interest in skiing's big markets

It was one of the crown jewels of German sport until recently

Football World Cup agency Infront is close to acquiring the Milan-based agency Media Partners in a €130 million cash deal.

Lack of top German competitors has led to a large drop in audiences since last rights sale

Rights-holders and commercial broadcasters united in opposition

Weekday lunchtime television slots mean Swedish television audiences miss Anja Paerson's medal winning performances

Football: Dutch pay-broadcaster UPC acquired the pay-television rights for the Champions League from 2006 to 2009 (Page 7)

RTL sold on the rights for one of this year’s World Cup ski-jumping events after a row with the FIS

Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.

France Télévisions believe that FIS must change to interest broadcasters.

EBU set to get money back for Italian skiing rights.