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Rigour Media’s 10-year deal for digital rights in China to World Snooker events marks the media group’s first significant move into streaming live sport.

Stronger ratings, new events and the offer of exclusivity helped World Snooker agree a contract extension with Eurosport last month at a significantly increased fee.

Media rights clips from May 1 to May 14

Media rights clips from April 10 to April 30

IMG Arena, the sports betting arm of the IMG agency, has retained the betting streaming rights to one of its leading properties by signing a long-term renewal to its agreement with World Snooker Tour

Plans have been announced for snooker’s Championship League to return from June 1-11 at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, with the event to be covered live in the UK by commercial broadcaster ITV.

The World Snooker Championship has been rescheduled to run from July 31 to August 16 after discussions with stakeholders, including broadcast rights-holders the BBC and Eurosport


FOOTBALL Football: The MP & Silva agency acquired exclusive media rights in Vietnam for the 2014 Fifa World Cup

Why Barry Hearn loves the BBC

FOOTBALL Football:Fifa, football’s world governing body, agreed a deal with internet platform YouTube for its archive rights.

Motorsport: The Disney-owned ABC network extended its rights deal for the Indy Car Series with rights-holders the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Car Series for a further six years, from 2013 to 2018

Rugby Union: Canadian sports broadcaster TSN acquired the rights for the 2011 and 2015 editions of the Rugby World Cup in a deal with Rugby World Cup Limited, the event rights-holder

New deals in China reflect Asian boom time in snooker

Olympic Games: The International Olympic Committee agreed media-rights deals in France, Germany and Korea for the Olympic Games (see story this issue)

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn on new deal with IMG Media.

Motorsport: Formula One Management agreed deals with incumbent rights-holders in Germany, Russia and Israel for media rights for the Formula One motor-racing series

Athletics: UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the exclusive live television and internet rights for the Diamond League in a five-year deal brokered by the IMG agency

Boxing: German public service broadcaster ARD extended its television rights deal with boxing promoter Sauerland for one more year, taking it to the end of 2012, paying about €14m ($21m).

Despite cricket and snooker deals, Korean electronics supplier does not favour long-term sponsorship contracts

The launch of British Sky Broadcasting’s broadband internet site showing same-day highlights of World Cup Cricket has provided a major boost for the UK broadband market.

Football:  German pay-television broadcaster Premiere acquired the rights for German football’s Bundesliga for the next two seasons paying €355m (£235 million) – €175m for 2004-05 and €180m for 2005-06…

After opening three rounds, viewing up 30 per cent on last year

Danmarks Radio accused of not fulfilling its role as a public-service broadcaster

Football: Irish pay-per-view broad-caster Setanta signed a four-year, £35m (€52m) deal with the Scottish Premier League.  The deal will run from 2004-05 to 2007-08.  Se