BT Group Plc, by taking control of the rights to two of the biggest contests in European soccer, ended British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc’s dominance in sports that helped the Rupert Murdoch-owned company become the biggest pay-TV provider in the U.K.
Growth in television rights deals in Germany and England lifted broadcast revenues of Europe’s top five soccer leagues 25 percent to a combined 5 billion euros ($6.7 billion) a season, according to a report.
Juventus beat Napoli 3-0 to close within a point of Italian soccer league leader Roma, which was held to a 1-1 home draw by Sassuolo. Barcelona won 4-1 at Real Betis to open up a three-point lead in Spain.
Roma surrendered its perfect start in the Italian soccer league by drawing at Torino. Atletico Madrid narrowed the gap to Spanish La Liga leader Barcelona to one point with a 2-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao.