Amazon Snags Partial WNBA Rights Amid Live Sports Push

The streamer has inked a multi-year deal with the league to run 16 regular season games, including the inaugural Commissioner’s Cup title matchup.

Tracab Announces New Leadership

Tracab, a Chyron brand “focused on decoding and visualizing the complexities of sport,” has promoted David Eccles and Martin Brogren to co-general managers. Brogren, who has been dedicated to the development of tracking technology and has led many of the company’s innovations over the past decade, will now manage research, engineering and product strategy. Eccles, […]

KTRK Houston Sportscaster David Nuño Leaves

WAGA Sports Anchor Ken Rodriguez Retiring

ESPN’s Berman Signs Extension, Mayne Out

Chris Berman, who joined ESPN a month after it launched in 1979, has signed a new multiyear deal with the sports TV giant. The deal, announced on Berman’s 66th birthday Monday, includes a new gig hosting NFL PrimeTime on ESPN Plus, a weekly highlights show. Meanwhile the final whistle was blown on another ESPN veteran. SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne tweeted that he is leaving ESPN, calling himself a “salary cap casualty.”

Streamers Scoring Sports Rights From Pay TV Operators In Europe

The multibillion-dollar market for sports broadcasting rights is wreaking havoc in Europe, where soccer teams are suffering heavy losses due to pandemic-shuttered stadiums as new media players enter the field. In Italy, billionaire Leonard Blavatnik’s live sports streaming service DAZN, with backing from local telco streamer Telecom Italia, plunked down more than $1 billion per season for a three-year contract for the bulk of Italian Serie A soccer rights, displacing Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky. The deal marked the first time a streamer has nabbed exclusive rights to a major domestic league in its native territory.

Sinclair Targets 2022 Launch Of DTC Streaming Version Of Bally Sports RSNs

CBS Commentator Apologizes For Remark About PSG’s Di Maria

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — CBS Sports commentator Jim Beglin has apologized for making “culturally insensitive remarks” about Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria during the broadcast of Manchester City’s 2-0 victory in the Champions League semifinals. Di Maria was sent off for kicking Fernandinho, and as the Argentina international walked off the field, Beglin said […]

Fox Gains US English-Language Rights To Copa América

The network said Tuesday it had reached a six-year agreement with the South American governing body CONMEBOL for English-language U.S. rights that include this year’s tournament in Colombia and Argentina from June 13 to July 10 and the 2024 tournament, likely to be played in Ecuador.

WTXF Philadelphia Adds Breland Moore To Sports

Univision’s PrendeTV To Stream Live Euro 2020 Soccer Matches

Amazon’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ Exclusivity Deal To Begin 1 Year Early

Thursday Night Football is coming to Amazon Prime exclusively a year earlier than planned. This coming season will be the last under the league’s “tri-cast” model, which saw games carried across Fox, NFL Network and Amazon. Starting with the 2022 season, TNF will be exclusive to Amazon (with TV stations in the participating teams’ home markets airing those games as well). Amazon is paying more than $1 billion for the rights.

Cynopsis Honors Best In Sports Media

BT Confirms It’s In Talks About Sports Business

Accedo Launches Out-Of-The-Box Sports Video Solution

Accedo has introduced a new out-of-the-box sports video solution, Accedo Play – Sports. It lets sport organizations launch, manage and monetize a service that delivers both a world-class video-centric experience, as well as a premium and tailored fan experience. With Accedo Play, sports leagues, rights holders, federations and clubs can quickly deliver a video centric […]

WarnerMedia Snags Remaining NHL TV Rights As NBC Bows Out

The National Hockey League has completed its next TV rights package — and for the first time in 16 years, NBC Sports won’t be a part of it. NBC pulled out of negotiations for the partial rights for the league’s next TV deal. WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports will pick up the remainder of the package, sharing rights with ESPN for seven seasons beginning with the 2021-22 seasonth.

WWE Names Fox Sports Executive Claudine Lilien Head Of Global Sales And Partnerships

Former New York Mets Owners Exploring Sale Of SNY Network

Bob Costas Returns To HBO For Interview Series

The multiple Emmy winner will host his third interview show for HBO beginning later this spring. Back on the Record With Bob Costas — the title is a nod to his first series at the premium cabler, On the Record — will air four times a year and feature in-depth interviews with prominent figures in sports, entertainment and pop culture and discussions about the sports issues of the day.

New Basketball League Sets TV Deal

A start-up men’s basketball league, with plans to pay college students up to $150,000 and compete with the NCAA, has inked a media rights deal, setting the stage for its debut later this year. The Professional Collegiate League reached a pact with Next Level, a network owned by a former Obama administration official, that will air its games both on linear TV and streaming platforms.

Julian Edelman To Join ‘Inside The NFL’ As Part Of ViacomCBS Deal

MLB To RSNs: It’s Time To Think Direct-To-Consumer

Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that cord cutters can cheer. After years of relying on traditional distribution of local games via cable and satellite (plus, to a limited extent, over-the-top streaming), MLB is now urging its regional sports networks to explore direct-to-customer possibilities for local fans.

NFL Media, Hulu Strike Streaming Deal

NFL Media and Hulu announced a new multi-year carriage agreement to bring the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service Hulu + Live TV. The NFL Network and NFL RedZone will be available to Hulu + Live TV subscribers by Aug. 1, just in time for the 2021 NFL season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Super League Collapses After English Clubs Withdraw

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham throughout Tuesday evening deserted the proposal to launch a largely-closed midweek competition amid an escalating backlash from their supporters and warnings from the British government that legislation could be introduced to thwart it.

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Super League Could Attract Super Dollars From Broadcasters, Cable

The Super League may not yet be a stone cold reality, but the proposal to band together 20 of the top European soccer clubs could generate billions of dollars in rights fees for football clubs across the pond, potentially attracting several major cable networks and broadcasters to compete for TV rights to the games.

Amazon Prime Video Expresses ‘Concerns’ With European Soccer Super League

Top Soccer Clubs Threaten To Form ‘Super League’

Twelve European clubs planning to start a breakaway Super League have told the leaders of FIFA and UEFA that they have begun legal action aimed at fending off threats to block the competition.

WWE Releases 10 Pro Wrestlers

As Sports Return, Procter & Gamble Kicks Off Multiyear Partnership With Major League Soccer

Procter & Gamble has struck a multilayered, multiyear advertising deal with Major League Soccer as players return for the sport’s 26th season and the CPG giant seeks to broaden its appeal to younger demographics and the Hispanic market.

Tirico To Host NBC Coverage Of Tokyo Games From Outdoor Set

Mike Tirico won’t be anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage of the Tokyo Olympics from the usual confines of a studio inside the International Broadcast Center. Instead, he will have a more picturesque location. NBC announced Tuesday that Tirico will host from an outdoor location in downtown Tokyo. The set will be on a fifth-floor deck with […]

Sports Streaming Service DAZN Weighs IPO

DAZN, the online sports service that this year snatched the rights to screen Italy’s top-flight soccer league from Sky, is considering the possibility of going public as it chases further growth, its joint chief executive says.

FuboTV Buys Streaming Rights To South American World Cup Qualifying Matches

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Viewers Want More From Streaming Sports

Features like AR and VR, social media integrations with synchronized streaming options and personalization are key to capturing fans’ imaginations and driving more active, engaged consumption.

MLB Moves All-Star Game To Denver

MLB decided to move the game from Truist Park in Atlanta in response to Georgia voting changes signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25. Critics, including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have condemned the changes as being too restrictive.

Paul Pierce Out At ESPN After Instagram Live Video With Exotic Dancers

Spotify Buys Sports-Talk App Locker Room

The music-streaming giant is making its move into live audio by acquiring the sports-talk app Locker Room and its maker Betty Labs.

How Sinclair Pulled Off The Gargantuan Bally Sports Networks Rebrand Amid The Pandemic

FuboTV To Carry Marquee Sports Net In Chicago

Sonosfans Uses DPA Mics To Create Stadium Crowd Sounds

As with many things over the past year, the world of sports saw significant disruption to its regular routine. From halted or delayed seasons to little or no live audiences at the arenas, sporting events around the world had to operate differently. With no ambient sounds to enhance the broadcasts, television networks also had to […]

Univision Going More Rounds With Combate America