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The Pitch International agency secured a late rights deal in the critical German market for the 2015 men’s Handball World Championship at the end of December – the last major market where a deal was outstanding.

  • Date: 
    16 January 2015

    Telefónica’s acquisition of all rights to two Primera Liga clubs, and its bid to acquire the rights to Spanish giant Barcelona, are aimed at strengthening the telco’s position ahead of changes in the domestic broadcast market.

  • Date: 
    16 January 2015

    BeIN Media Group’s recent rights deals in Canada, as well as negotiations in Spain and Turkey, demonstrate the company’s ability to adapt to market conditions in expanding its pay-television operation beyond its core market of the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Date: 
    16 January 2015

    TV Sports Markets understands that a sharing arrangement for the domestic rights to golf’s British Open between a free-to-air and a pay-television broadcaster is unlikely.

  • Date: 
    16 January 2015

    Italy’s Serie A agreed deals covering free-to-air highlights, internet and mobile highlights and clip rights for the next rights cycle, from 2015-16 to 2017-18, in deals agreed just before Christmas.

  • Date: 
    16 January 2015

    UK pay-television broadcaster BSkyB is thought to be paying a small increase for the rights to English cricket in its extension with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

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Date: 
26 January 2015

American football league the NFL has signed a partnership with YouTube creating an official channel for the organisation on the video-sharing platform.

  • Date: 
    26 January 2015

    SuperSport, the pay-television broadcaster that operates in Sub-Saharan Africa, has sealed a renewed five-year deal for the exclusive media rights to the Superbike World Championship motorcycling series in the region.

  • Date: 
    26 January 2015

    UK political party Labour is considering plans to increase the number of sporting events included on the ‘crown jewels’ list reserved for broadcast on free-to-air television, according to the Independent.

  • Date: 
    26 January 2015

    North American Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake has signed a multi-year local rights deal with US television broadcasting company Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

  • Date: 
    26 January 2015

    The German Football Association (DFB) intends to extend and expand its partnership with the Infront Sports & Media agency for the DFB Cup club competition.

  • Date: 
    26 January 2015

    International pay-television channel RTL9 has acquired rights for the Bellator mixed martial arts (MMA) series.