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China’s sports media-rights market is in the throes of a major correction, with the OTT platforms that have driven growth in the last five years seeking to renegotiate a string of deals.

The Russian Premier League has secured a strong fee from pay-television platform i-Cable for its media rights in Hong Kong.

Australia’s top domestic federations have accepted significant short-term rights-fee cuts in renegotiated deals with domestic broadcasters, prioritising income security in the aftermath of the Covid-19 shutdown.

The slew of media-rights deals agreed for the Korean K League ahead of its recent restart did not generate large revenues for international distributor Sportradar. But the league hopes to capitalise, in the years to come, on the boost to its profile, as one of the first competitions to restart after Covid-19-related shutdowns.

As major sports properties return to action, the attention of broadcasters in Asia-Pacific is turning to rights-fee rebates and other forms of compensation for the Covid-19 interruption.

France’s Professional Football League (LFP) has reacted to delays in its next media-rights payment from Mediapro, the agency and production group, by looking to put in place a bank loan so that clubs c…

The UK government is urging the English Premier League to ensure all matches are televised during the 2020-21 season so long as fans remain unable to attend

Format changes implemented to the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup by European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) include elements that the organising body is looking to introduce during the next commercial…

Ecuadorian cable television operators CNT TV, Claro TV and TV Cable have ceased broadcasting the Ecuadorian Serie A, the top tier of domestic club football, amid a dispute with the rights-holder, pay-television…

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Pent-up appetite for sports viewing is expected to be released in the immediate aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, giving rights-holders an opportunity to attract significant new audiences.

The International Swimming League is working on two fronts to increase exposure and engagement levels ahead of its second season. It is in renewal talks with many of the broadcasters who covered the league’s inaugural season, while pushing ahead with the development of its own direct-to-consumer OTT platform.

The Tour de Suisse cycling race may be held virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But it is not certain that the Infront agency, which distributes the media rights to the physical event, will have the rights to the e-cycling equivalent.

Covid-19 has made an ambitious, sport-focused business turnaround at Sky New Zealand an even tougher task.