The Union Cycliste Internationale’s decision to move away from pan-regional deals for its world championship events and appoint the Infront Sports & Media agency to sell the rights on a market-by-market basis appears to be paying off.
The Union Cycliste Internationale’s long-standing goal of centralising the media rights to the UCI World Tour looks set to be put on the back burner under new president Brian Cookson in favour of more achievable objectives: creating a coherent calendar and improving cycling as a television product.
The Infront Sports & Media agency’s deals last week for World Championship and World Cup skiing events with Swedish public-service broadcaster SVT are thought to represent a decent increase on the current value of the rights.
Portuguese public-service broadcaster RTP has said it has a “binding” agreement for rights to the Uefa Champions League that has been accepted by football’s European governing body amid criticism of the deal’s reported fee.
The Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games will feature athletics finals during morning sessions following a request by the local organising committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services, which serves as host broadcaster for all editions of the Games, to the IAAF, the global governing body of athletics.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV is preparing a bid to acquire domestic highlights for the English Premier League in the next rights cycle for the top division of football in the country, according to the Guardian newspaper.