Wrestling

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

Sportfive snatches Latin American continental club football competitions in a one-year deal

Football: Middle-East broadcaster Al Jazeera Sport acquired the rights for European club competitions the Champions League and the Uefa Cup in three-year deals worth a combined $200m (£102m/ €136m). 

World Wrestling Entertainment takes its Asian television rights sales in-house

Boxing: German public-service broadcaster ARD acquired the rights for a minimum 12 fights a year from Sauerland Promotions in a four-year deal, 2008 to 2011, renewing a previous contract

Basketball: Greek public-service broadcaster ERT acquired the rights to the 2009 and 2011 European Championships and the 2006 and 2010 World Championships in a deal with Fiba, the international basketball…

Asian Games:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan acquired the exclusive rights in India for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, paying $400,000 (£215,000/€313,000), an increase of $50,000 on what it paid for the previous Games.

Ten Sports have 55-per-cent share of sports channel audience in cable and satellite homes.