The World: Singapore - Consortium pays $300m for football rights

A consortium of media companies have agreed to pay $300 million for the exclusive rights to broadcast FA Cup and England international matches in Asia between 2008 and 2012.

The deal with ESPN Star Sports, M-League and IMG represents an almost four-fold increase on the current $80 million contract.

ESS holds the majority of the rights, while IMG's deal covers Japan and the Indian subcontinent. M-League will handle Thailand. Manu Sawhney, the ESS managing director, said the deal was "testament to our proven commitment to building these properties to millions of football fans in Asia".