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21 June

ProSiebenSat.1, the Ger­man com­mer­cial broad­caster, ex­tended its rights deal to broad­cast the Uefa Europa League, Euro­pean soc­cer’s sec­ondtier clubs com­pe­ti­tion, for three more sea­sons. The broad­caster ac­quired the rights to show the top game each match week, plus weekly high­lights, and the pro­gram­ming will be shown on its Ka­bel Eins chan­nel. Sky Deutsch­land, the pay-tele­vi­sion broad­caster, had al­ready re­newed its Europa League rights deal for next sea­son on­wards, and in­ter­est in Ger­many for the free-to-air rights was thought to be lim­ited.

8 June

SABC, the South African pub­lic-ser­vice broad­caster, con­cluded a rights deal with Sport­five, the in­ter­na­tional sports mar­ket­ing agency, to tele­vise the com­pet­i­tive away matches of the South Africa soc­cer team for the next three years. SABC said that the agree­ment with Sport­five, which dis­trib­utes cen­tralised rights to Africa Cup of Nations qual­i­fy­ing matches, is worth a to­tal of R28 mil­lion ($3.3 mil­lion). The agree­ment fol­lowed a R215-mil­lion deal be­tween SABC and the South African Football As­so­ci­a­tion cov­er­ing the rights for the next three years to all of South Africa’s home matches and away friendly matches, along with matches of the women’s na­tional team and the men’s un­der-23 team.

7 June

IEC in Sports, the La­gardère-owned in­ter­na­tional sports mar­ket­ing agency, was ap­pointed to dis­trib­ute the in­ter­na­tional broad­cast rights to Swiss soc­cer’s top-tier Su­per League from next sea­son on­wards.

The agency will mar­ket the rights to a to­tal of 180 matches per sea­son across mul­ti­ple me­dia plat­forms af­ter the SFL, Swiss soc­cer’s pro­fes­sional league, chose IEC in Sports to re­place IMG Me­dia, the me­dia arm of the in­ter­na­tional sports and en­ter­tain­ment com­pany, as its rights dis­tri­bu­tion part­ner. The SFL drew up a short­list of three agen­cies be­fore opt­ing to go with IEC in Sports. The league had ear­lier is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion to ten­der and in­vited bids from up to eight dif­fer­ent agen­cies.

21 May

The BBC, the UK’s pub­lic-ser­vice broad­caster, will continue to show high­lights of English soc­cer’s sec­ond-tier Football League un­til the end of the 201415 sea­son af­ter ne­go­ti­at­ing a new three-year deal. BBC Sport’s ‘The Football League Show’ will be main­tained af­ter the broad­caster signed a new agree­ment to of­fer high­lights from the Cham­pi­onship, League One and League Two di­vi­sions, as well as the League Cup, Eng­land’s sec­ondary knock­out cup com­pe­ti­tion, and the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy, the knock­out com­pe­ti­tion for teams from League One and League Two.

14 May

The LFP, the French pro­fes­sional soc­cer league, fi­nalised rights deals with YouTube and Dai­lymo­tion, the pop­u­lar video-shar­ing web­sites, and L’Equipe. fr, the French sports web­site, for video-on-de­mand high­lights of matches from the coun­try’s top-tier Ligue 1. The league al­lo­cated its ‘lot 8’ pack­age of rights to the trio for the next four sea­sons, al­low­ing the three in­ter­net plat­forms to show free video-on-de­mand high­lights from mid­night on Sun­day evenings of all Ligue 1 games, goals and in­ter­views.

26 April

Canal 13, the Chilean com­mer­cial broad­caster, ac­quired the rights to broad­cast the 2015 Copa Amer­ica con­ti­nen­tal soc­cer cham­pi­onship, beat­ing off bids from four other chan­nels with a record of­fer of $12 mil­lion. The other bid­ders for rights to the tour­na­ment, which will be hosted by Chile, were com­mer­cial chan­nels Mega and Chile­visión, state broad­caster TVN and pre­mium soc­cer ser­vice Canal del Fút­bol.

25 April

UFA Sports, the Ham­burg-based in­ter­na­tional sports mar­ket­ing agency, ac­quired broad­cast dis­tri­bu­tion rights in more ter­ri­to­ries for the Span­ish soc­cer team’s home qual­i­fy­ing matches for the 2014 World Cup and home friendlies dur­ing the cy­cle. Hav­ing al­ready ac­quired rights in 11 key Asian ter­ri­to­ries in an ear­lier sub-li­cens­ing deal with Santa Mon­ica Sports, the Span­ish sports mar­ket­ing agency, UFA Sports pur­chased the multi-plat­form rights in a fur­ther 22 coun­tries in the Mid­dle East, North Africa and parts of Cen­tral and Eastern Europe. Fur­ther­more, UFA Sports is to mar­ket the me­dia rights in cer­tain coun­tries in Asia and Cen­tral and Eastern Europe to the fi­nal of the Copa del Rey, Spain’s knock­out cup com­pe­ti­tion, and the Su­per­copa, the two­legged con­test be­tween the win­ners of the top-tier La Liga and the Copa del Rey, in 2013 and 2014.

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