FIFA U-17 World Cup in India: Tencent bags media & digital rights for China (updated)

MUMBAI: Tencent Sports has acquired the exclusive media rights in China for the 2017 Under-17 World Cup which will be held in India in October. The first FIFA tournamnet to be hosted by India from 6 – 28 October 2017 will be played with 24 teams in six cities.

Tencent Sports has also signed an agreement with FIFA to become the exclusive digital media rights holder in China for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The deal will witness the online sports platform provide live streaming of the tournament as well as offering VoD (video-on-demand), highlights and original programmes "across digital channels," the Sports Business Daily reported.

The 24 teams are: Ghana, Mali, Guinea, Niger, India, Japan, Korea DPR, Iran, Iraq, England, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Spain, Turkey, Honduras, Mexico, USA, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay.

Greek public broadcaster ERT and FIBA announced a pact for the '17-21 cycle of FIBA events. ERT will also telecast all Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for men and women for the Tokyo 2020 Games (FIBA).

Spain's National Commission of Markets & Competition (CNMC) has meantime fined La Liga for 'impeding Mediaset channels' access to football stadiums. It is the CNMC's first formal fine to La Liga after the competition started managing rights of every football club in the country. The fine, against which La Liga is entitled to appeal, is $280,000 (Rs 18 million) as reported by Rapid TV News. Spain's broadcasters are finalizing their offers for the rights to the Champions League from the '18-19 season through '20-21.

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