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French broadcaster Canal+ has acquired "almost all" African football media rights for France through '16, according to Etienne Moatti of L'EQUIPE. The broadcaster paid €5.4M ($7M) for the '13 and '15 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations. Canal+ was also awarded the rights to all official competitions organized by the Confederation of African Football for an additional €3M ($3.9M). The deal includes all qualifying matches for the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2012 through 2016 African Champions League and the 2014 and 2016 African Nations Championship (L'EQUIPE, 10/10).
Marketing agency Sportfive has signed deals for media rights in Slovakia for the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Free-to-air TV rights for the majority of the events at Sochi 2014 and all events at Rio 2016, as well as radio rights at both Games, have been awarded to Rozhlas a Televizia Slvenska (RTVS). RTVS is the national public broadcaster and has been a partner of the IOC for decades, covering a number of previous Games. Markiza-Slovakia Spol S.R.O. has signed a contract to broadcast one discipline of the Winter Games on free-to-air TV. The deal also includes pay-per-view TV, video-on-demand TV and Internet rights for both Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. Pay-TV rights for all events at both Games have been secured by CET 21 Spol. S.R.O. (Nova Group). The deal with Markiza marks the first time that a commercial broadcaster will cover the Games in Slovakia. The agreement with Nova Group represents an additional milestone, as both Games will now be covered on pay-TV (Sportfive).
Brazilian broadcaster Globo will not show the U.S. F1 Grand Prix live because it takes place during Week 36 of the Brasileiro, according to Bruno Gecys of IG.com.br. Both events are scheduled to take place on Nov. 18 at 5pm local time. The race, held in Austin, Texas, will be shown six hours later. Globo has not confirmed if it would make the Brasileiro a priority over F1, but sources close to IG.com.br revealed that "the decision to pick football has already been made" (IG.com.br, 10/9).
Euroleague Basketball and free-to-air broadcaster Marca "have reached an agreement" that will give Marca, Marca.com, Radio Marca and Marca TV the media rights to the Euroleague in Spain, according to MARCA. The deal is for the '12-13 season. The broadcasts will start Week 1 with the following matchups (MARCA, 10/10):
- CSKA Moscow vs. Lietuvos Rytas (Thursday, 6pm local time)
- Unicaja vs. Maccabi Electra (Thursday, 8:45pm local time)
- Besiktas JK Istanbul vs. Partizan mt:s Belgrade (Friday, 7pm local time)
- Real Madrid vs. Panathinaikos Athens (Friday, 9pm local time)
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. has secured the broadcast rights to all 380 Premier League matches each year for seasons '13-14 through '15-16 in Singapore. These rights were acquired on a non-exclusive basis. The matches will continue to be available online on miostadium.com and on mobile via SingTel's BPL application (Premier League). THE STRAITS TIMES reported that Singapore's cable-TV operator StarHub is "still interested in acquiring" Premier League broadcast rights in the country, but "only if the price is right." Since SingTel acquired the rights on a non-exclusive basis, StarHub is left "free to secure its own deal." Under Singapore's cross carriage laws that came into effect two years ago, "pay-TV companies must allow competitors to carry exclusive programming they acquire" (THE STRAITS TIMES, 10/10).
The Spanish government is "negotiating with private broadcasters" so that the World Cup qualifying match between Spain and Belarus can be televised in the country, according to Joaquín Maroto of AS. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) believes that "in the end a deal will be reached." The initial 3€M ($3.9M) asking price of rights holders Sportfive has dropped to €1.5M ($1.9M), but as of now "no Spanish broadcasters has considered the offer profitable." Broadcaster Mediaset, with the government's help, "is negotiating with Sportfive." If a deal is reached, the broadcaster will be able to show Friday's game in Minsk, Belarus live (AS, 10/10).