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Spanish club Barcelona said this week that the planned return to collective selling would help La Liga to eventually match or exceed the media-rights income of Italy’s Serie A, but that it would require the country’s pay-television industry to be much stronger.

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    27 February 2015

    A broadcast deal in Germany – which is close to being agreed – is an important staging post for mixed martial arts promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship in its assault on Europe.

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    27 February 2015

    Canal Plus and Eurosport are battling it out over the pay-television rights to French rugby union’s Pro D2, with the existing rights fee set to treble.

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    27 February 2015

    Sky Italia’s acquisition last week of the rights to this year’s Rugby World Cup will give the broadcaster a second high-profile, low-cost sports event around which it can build a marketing campaign in late summer.

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    27 February 2015

    US pay-television network ESPN beat commercial networks NBC and Fox to win rights to the revived World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

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    27 February 2015

    The financial might of major US network Turner Broadcasting System, allied to strong local market knowledge, will enable Brazilian sports broadcaster Esporte Interativo to be both competitive in the rights market and distinctive from rivals in its programming, the broadcaster believes.

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27 February 2015

Pay-television broadcaster ESPN Brasil has acquired rights to Italy’s Serie A, the top division of football in the country, under a sublicensing deal with the league’s rights-holder in Brazil, pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports.

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    27 February 2015

    NRL chief executive Dave Smith has said the Australian rugby league competition is targeting a 15 per cent increase in annual value from its next broadcast rights deal.

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    27 February 2015

    Spanish agency Mediapro has taken control of the Euro Hockey League and its international media rights after acquiring the Pro Sport agency’s shareholding in the continental hockey tournament.

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    27 February 2015

    The Australian Football League, the top division of Aussie rules in the country, will stream live coverage of six NAB Challenge pre-season games online after a backlash from clubs.

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    27 February 2015

    Netball Australia has confirmed that commercial broadcaster Ten has not paid a rights fee under its new deal for the sport and is instead effectively being paid by the governing body’s sponsors.

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    27 February 2015

    Italy’s RCS MediaGroup has launched its new Gazzetta dello Sport-themed television channel.