Fox Sports Latin America and ESPN International were forced to increase their fee for the Uefa Champions League and Europa League pay-television rights in Latin America this month to see off aggressive rival bids from Qatari-owned broadcaster beIN Sports and Spanish telco Telefónica.
The International Tennis Federation is in advanced negotiations with Qatari pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports over a lucrative, long-term global rights deal for Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis matches, TV Sports Markets understands.
Indian pay-television operator Sony Six is understood to have paid only a nominal sum to acquire the rights in the Indian subcontinent to the inaugural Champions Tennis League, the franchise-based tournament founded by former Indian player Vijay Amritraj.
The Court of Appeal in Paris will hear the appeals of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby and pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus over the decision to suspend their rights deal for the Top 14 rugby union league on September 4.
Irish pay-television broadcaster Setanta Sports has agreed a four-year rights deal with the Football Association of Ireland which includes exclusive live rights to the national team’s home friendly games.