BT announces sports joint venture talks with Discovery as DAZN deal falls through

In something of a shock move, BT has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Discovery to create a new sports joint venture. All signs had pointed to BT nearing a deal to offload BT Sport to DAZN in a deal worth an estimated US$800 million. However, BT has decided against a full […]

Discovery to broadcast 1,200 hours of live sport from Winter Olympics

Discovery has unveiled the scale of its coverage of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Discovery will present coverage from next month’s games in 19 languages across 50 markets in Europe, broadcasting 1,200 live hours of content. Like last year’s Tokyo Olympics, the company is using the marquee event as an opportunity to market […]

UFC joins discovery+ and Eurosport in Netherlands and Spain

Mixed martial arts giant UFC is to join the discovery+ streaming service in the Netherlands and Eurosport in Spain as part of a new long-terms rights agreement with Discovery. The partnership includes rights to all live UFC events, which will also be available on-demand. Discovery said it will offer viewers across the Netherlands and Spain […]

Eurosport taking action over Canal+ non-payment

Discovery-owned sports network Eurosport has reportedly taken legal action against Canal+ over alleged non-payment of carriage fees due from last year’s COVID-19 lockdown in France. According to a report in financial daily Les Echos, the Vivendi-owned pay TV operator is alleged to have unilaterally withheld payments after a number of sporting events to have been […]

Discovery announces 50 market FIS deal

Discovery Sports has announced a 50 market rights deal with Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS). The five-year partnership will see Discovery carry FIS World Cup events across Eurosport and streaming platform discovery+, starting from the 2021-22 season. The deal also includes the FIS Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships in 2023 (France and Slovenia) and […]

Discovery Sports acquires 10-year rights to Laver Cup

Discovery Sports has strengthened its rights portfolio by securing a 10-year agreement to show the tennis Laver Cup exclusively for viewers across Europe from 2021 to 2030. Coverage of the Laver Cup will be delivered via Discovery’s portfolio of channels and digital platforms including Eurosport and discovery+. The agreement excludes France in 2021 and 2022, […]

Discovery serves up 10 year Tennis Australia broadcast deal for Europe

Discovery Sports has announced a long-term deal to carry the Australian Open exclusively across Europe.  The deal will start in 2022 and run through to 2031, and includes all linear and digital rights to the premiere Australian tennis tournament.  Eurosport has long been associated with the event, having broadcast its first Australian Open in 1995. […]

Discovery showcases ‘Cube’ studio ahead of Olympic Games

Discovery has demonstrated its technical production ahead of the upcoming Olympic Games. The US media giant acquired the European rights to the Olympics in a €1.3 billion deal in June 2015, and the Tokyo 2020 games represent the first summer games of this deal. With the delayed Olympics starting on July 23, Discovery has showcased […]

Record growth for Eurosport

Discovery-owned Eurosport has experienced record growth in the first half of 2021. The broadcaster, which is currently in the midst of airing the Tour de France, announced that it has attracted record audiences and subscribers during the period, while the website attracted more than 50 million unique visitors in June 2021 – double this […]

Discovery creates new sports division to house Eurosport, GOLFTV and others

Following its announced tie-up with WarnerMedia, Discovery is continuing to get its house in order by consolidating its sports businesses under one roof. The new division – Discovery Sports – will provide an external corporate identity to embody Discovery’s sports brands Eurosport, Global Cycling Network, Global Mountain Bike Network, Golf Digest and GOLFTV, along with […]