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Basketball: Euroleague Basketball agreed deals in the UK, China and Iceland for the 2010 Final Four

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).

Action Sports: Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal with the Alliance of Action Sports, covering live rights in Europe for the Summer and Winter Dew Tours, for another five years

UK pay-broadcaster BSkyB is set to agree a deal for cricket’s upcoming World Twenty20 Championship in England, ending a protracted 18-month long negotiation process with rights-holder ESPN Star Sports.

Athletics: UK public-service broad-caster the BBC extended its deal for domestic athletics events for a further six years, from 2009 to 2014

The FIVB’s new four-year deal with the IMG agency is part of a more clearly-defined global approach in its commercial rights strategy.

Cricket: Pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN Star Sports acquired the rights for Twenty20’s cricket’s Champions League.

Basketball: Greek pay-operator NetMed acquired the rights for A1 league club PAOK in a three-year deal from 2008-09 to 2010-11

Olympics: The Asia-Pacific Broad-casting Union acquired the free-to-air terrestrial and radio rights for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics for $10m (£5.1m/€6.4m) in a deal with the International Olympic Committee. 

New channels face competition from satellite operators ADD, Showtime, Orbit, and free-to-air MBC

Cable operator pays €25m for Canal Plus Nederlands pay channels, Canal Satelliet Digitaal

Sportinveste and PT Multimedia likely to buy

Satellite pay-television operator BSkyB renewed four important golf deals: (1) exclusive live rights for two Ryder Cups (in 2006 and 2008) with European Tour Productions; (2) live rights for 34 events…

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

Rugby union: Pay-television operator British Sky Broadcasting acquired the live rights for English international and domestic rugby in a five-year deal, 2005-06 to 2009-10, with the Rugby Football Union, the sport’s national governing body, and Premier Rugby, the umbrella body of the country’s top-tier clubs.

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