The IMG Events & Media agency said this week that US stock car racing operator Nascar was open to all ideas for expanding its series beyond its core US audience, including bringing in international drivers and developing race circuits abroad.
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.
Digital sports media company Perform has urged its shareholders to reject an offer from Access Industries to acquire the whole of the issued share capital not currently owned by the privately-held investment group.
Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live rights in Germany for the Formula E Championship, the new electric motor-racing series operated by the FIA, motorsport’s global governing body.
Fijian commercial broadcaster Fiji TV has said the country’s Communications Ministry is in talks with the International Rugby Board over the status of its rights deal for the IRB Sevens World Series following legislation that has been passed concerning the broadcasting of major events.