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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.

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 Canadian-arm of production and rights agency Mediapro has announced that it will produce every game of the 2020 Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series tournament

UK pay-television broadcasters BT Sport and Sky are reportedly poised to resume charging commercial customers, but at a reduced rate, amid the restart of competitions after Covid 19-related lockdown

Mediapro, the Spanish production group and media-rights agency, is close to securing a €55m ($61.7m) credit facility, plus a similar contribution from its shareholders, it has been reported.
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A pandemic-fueled schedule conflict between the United States Golf Association and the National Football League has helped fuel a broad-based switch of the USGA’s domestic media rights from Fox Sports t…

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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.