Best of 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has been the biggest factor affecting sports media-rights markets in 2020, forcing rights-holders almost everywhere into rebates and renegotiations.

Rights-holders and sponsors showed differing levels of flexibility this year as the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to review contractual obligations and rights commitments. SportBusiness Sponsorship editor Matthew Glendinning looks at the way the industry responded to the crisis

SportBusiness regional editors Eric Fisher, Kevin McCullagh and Ben Cronin look back at those rights-holders and properties that adapted best to a year of disruption for the sports industry

Streaming service YouTube TV has lost yet another sports channel to its portfolio after announcing it is dropping the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned Tennis Channel at extremely short notice

NBCUniversal is actively looking to utilize NBC Sports' premium properties to attract subscribers to its new streaming service and help differentiate the platform from its rivals in the crowded and competitive direct-to-consumer marketplace.

Bundesliga International, the league’s international commercial rights arm, has signed off on new broadcast deals in Singapore, South Korea and Thailand ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season on Friday.

Japanese medical products company Nitto Denko Corporation has extended its title sponsorship of the season-ending ATP Finals for five more years until 2025

The Premier League has terminated its lucrative media-rights contract with Chinese streaming platform PPTV after the Suning Holdings-owned broadcaster failed to meet rights fee payment deadlines

The NBA has taken fan engagement in the wake of Covid-19 to a new level by allowing at-home viewers to be seen and heard by their favorite players in Orlando. Bob Williams reports

23 Capital, the London-based lender that rose to prominence by delivering creative loans for the football and entertainment industries, appears to be winding down its activities after revenues across the…

The Asian Football Confederation and the Football Marketing Asia agency are to renegotiate the terms of their landmark, $2

English Premier League club Southampton has moved swiftly to secure a shirt sponsorship with Sportsbet

Uefa has commissioned German pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland to produce the crowd noise sound effects for this month’s Champions League and Europa League ‘Final 8’ tournaments. W

Both ESPN, Fox Sports post meaningful audience gains as league restarts play

Anthony Goddard, head of media research, Publicis Sport & Entertainment, delves into the numbers to see how the UK’s football public returned to their seats for Premier League action after the Covid-19 enforced hiatus.

Global sports update and results provider LiveScore is to launch its first live streaming service, providing coverage of Italy’s Serie A and Portugal’s Primeira Liga to football fans in the UK and Ire…

Singapore-based mixed martial arts promoter One Championship has raised $70m (€62.2m) from investors while revealing a hefty cut to its global headcount.