Channel set for December launch, once European Commission is assured that it has no links with News International or Sky Italia

Athletics: UK pay-broadcaster Setanta extended a deal for the Golden League series in 2008 and 2009.  The deal was brokered by the IMG agency.

The European Commission has opened infringement proceedings against the Italian government over the use by the country’s broadcasters of mini-advertisements during the televising of football matches.

Five provincial channels pool resources and sports content in new joint-venture channel

Football: The England Football Association agreed deals for its international rights covering the fouryear period from 2008-09 to 2011-12, bringing in worldwide revenues of over $300m (£144m/€207m) - …

Football: Danish commercial broadcaster TV2 acquired the rights for the Danish national team home matches, paying DKr41.5m (£3.9m/ €5.6m

Cricket: Australian free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network acquired the rights to this month's Champions Trophy and the 2007 World Cup in a deal with News Corporation subsidiary Global Cricket Corporation.

American Football:  UK pay-operator British Sky Broadcasting acquired the UK and Ireland rights for the National Football League in a four-year deal from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

Football: Spanish agency Mediapro made a seven-year offer worth €1.19bn (£815m), or €170m a season, for the television rights to Spanish Primera Liga club Real Madrid covering the seasons from 2008-09 to 2014-15.

Baseball: America’s Major League Baseball signed seven-year deals with US national network Fox, extending its present contract but for a reduced amount of coverage, and with cable network TBS for a package of Sunday and post-season games.

Volleyball’s surging popularity in Poland helped pan regional cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport record its highest-ever audience last weekend.

Greek monopoly pay-operator NetMed Hellas is facing a challenge from the launch of digital-terrestrial and internet television.