Sports rights

Serie A selects CVC bid for stake in media business

Serie A and its respective clubs will enter into exclusive talks with a CVC-led private equity fund consortium over sale of a stake in its new media business. The Italian top flight football league had previously announced the launch of a new company to manage its broadcast rights for a decade. As a part of […]

Pandemic likely to lead to cut price sports rights, predicts BT’s head of sport 

The head of sport at BT has said that the coronavirus pandemic will lead to a correction of broadcast rights valuations. Speaking to The Guardian, Simon Green predicted that the prices of sports rights will not continue to rise as they have for the past 30 years. He said: “I personally believe that Covid-19 will […]

Sports bodies call on US to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy priority list

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA and a range of US sports bodies have called on the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its priority watchlist on the eve of a review into the Kingdom’s piracy activities.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is currently holding public hearings in its annual review […]

DAZN picks up Wilder Fury II in five markets

Sports streamer DAZN has acquired the exclusive rights to the fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on February 22. The hotly anticipated fight will be broadcast exclusively by DAZN in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. DAZN will also have non-exclusive rights to the fight in Switzerland. Dubbed ‘Unfinished Business’ the fight will see the […]

Sky wins back IPL rights

Sky Sports has regained the Indian Premier League cricket tournament through to 2023. The league is the leading Twenty20 cricket franchise, and recorded 462 million viewers in its native India in 2019, according to BARC. Sky previously held the rights from 2015-18, but was unable to reach an agreement with Disney-owned Star India in 2019. […]

Amazon significantly increases Premier League’s domestic exposure

Amazon’s ownership of some Premier League rights has increased the competition’s reach by a third. According to figures from Ampere analysis, Amazon – which reportedly paid £90 million for 20 live matches per season through to 2022 – has extended the reach of live coverage to nearly three-quarters of domestic fans.  According to the study, […]

EU reportedly to investigate pay TV territory rights rules

The European Commission is set to launch an antitrust investigation into the sale of premium sports and movies rights that could break the model of geographically-restricted rights deals within the EU, according to press reports.  According to the Financial Times, The Commission’s planned investigation follows on from the European Court of Justice ruling in 2011 […]