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.
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.