Doubling up with ESPN will earn the Ultimate Fighting Championship $300m (€258m) per year from media-rights sales from 2019 to 2023 – a good result given the absence of aggressive bidding from incumbent Fox.
French rights experts expected the sale of Ligue 1 domestic rights to bring clarity to a market many feel requires consolidation. But the Mediapro agency’s surprise acquisition of the bulk of live rights, and its intention to launch football channels in the French market, has left observers with more questions than answers.
The European Handball Federation has increased the value of its global media and marketing rights by up to 300 per cent in a new deal with a joint venture comprised of the Infront agency and digital media company Perform.
Qatar’s beIN Media Group has made 22 matches from the 2018 Fifa World Cup available via its free-to-air channels in the Middle East and North Africa following pressure over access to the national team football tournament from multiple markets in the region.
Comcast’s takeover bid for Sky has today (Friday) been approved unconditionally by the European Commission, setting up a multi-billion battle for the pan-European pay-television broadcaster with rival US media company 21st Century Fox.