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Discovery Communications Lands Europe's Olympic Media Rights Through '24

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 29 / 15

In a stunning development, Discovery Communications has landed Europe’s Olympic media rights through ‘24 for $1.48B (€1.3B). U.S.-based Discovery now controls all European media rights -- broadcast, pay-TV, digital and mobile -- to four Olympic Games in 50 European countries and ter...

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