Saturday’s world heavyweight title bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is expected to earn between $33m (€31m) and $37m in global media-rights and pay-per-view revenue, TV Sports Markets understands.
OSN’s acquisitions of rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship represent a more aggressive strategy from the pay-television operator, but doesn’t herald the beginning of fierce competition for top-tier rights with beIN Media Group.
The BBC has held on to its Masters golf rights, confounding speculation it was going to be displaced by an aggressive Sky bid for exclusive rights. Sky must now decide whether it makes sense to continue sharing the event with the BBC and, if so, at what price.
SM-Liiga, the top division of ice hockey in Finland, will require a new rights partner from the 2018-19 season after media group Sanoma said its commercial and pay-television broadcaster, Nelonen, will not extend its contract.
Channel Ten is hoping to dislodge Australian commercial broadcast rival Nine as the rights-holder for Cricket Australia’s Test matches, one-day internationals and Twenty20 contests, according to the Daily Telegraph.