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NHL Signs International Media-Rights Deals Covering Europe, Africa

A day after announcing a deal with ESPN for part of Europe, the NHL signed 10 more media-rights deals covering the rest of the continent, plus markets in the Middle East and Africa. A formal announcement is due out later today. Specific deal terms, including rights fees, are unknown at this time. The pacts cover the U.K. (Premier Sports) and Ireland (Setanta Sports), which will carry multiple live games per week.

The league also cut deals in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (NOVA Sport), Portugal (Sport TV) and France (Canal Plus Sports). Canal Plus Sports also has picked up NHL rights in Monaco, French-speaking Switzerland, sub-Saharan Africa and other French overseas territories. Fox Sports bought the rights in the Middle East (including Turkey, Cyprus and Israel), and Setanta and Zulu Sports bought other Sub-Saharan African rights. NBC in April agreed to pay the NHL an average of $187M per year over the next 10 years for the U.S. rights to the league.
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