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Author Archive for Mark Sweney

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Sky and BT will ‘lose £1bn if sporting events stay shut until August’

Report recommends footballers take a pay cut to support clubs facing loss of revenue Sky and BT will lose almost £1bn in revenue if top-flight sport remains shut down until August, according to a report that recommends players take a pay cut to support…

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Saudi Arabia criticised over pirate TV service ‘that airs Premier League’

EU says country has failed to halt BeoutQ, which reportedly also airs La Liga and Serie ASaudi Arabia has been named in a European commission report for its failure to crack down on a homegrown pirate TV and streaming service that reportedly provides i…

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Saudi Arabia criticised over pirate TV service ‘that airs Premier League’

EU says country has failed to halt BeoutQ, which reportedly also airs La Liga and Serie ASaudi Arabia has been named in a European commission report for its failure to crack down on a homegrown pirate TV and streaming service that reportedly provides i…

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Amazon breaks into Champions League with German deal

Streaming service follows Premier League success with further football rights tie-upFresh from the success of streaming top-flight English football for the first time, Amazon has sets its sights on Europe’s premier club competition, securing exclusive …

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Premier League brings record number of sign-ups to Amazon Prime

Streaming of 10 top-flight matches increases prospects of firm entering rights auctionThe prospect of Amazon mounting a major challenge to Sky and BT at the next multibillion pound Premier League rights auction has increased, after the streaming of 10 …

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BT Sport keeps Champions League rights in £1.2bn deal for 2021-24

BT unable to cut bill amid interest from Sky and ITVDeal includes Europa League and Europa Conference LeagueBT Sport has retained the rights to the Champions League until 2024 but has been unable to cut its £1.2bn bill after having to see off offers fr…

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BT on defensive as Sky prepares to bid for Champions League

Broadcaster will have to rethink its offer to secure the next round of UK TV rightsBT Sport’s stranglehold on Champions League football is set to be challenged as Sky prepares to enter the battle for the £1bn-plus TV rights when bids are submitted on M…

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Show top women’s sport on free-to-air TV too, says Nicky Morgan

Culture secretary calls for equal coverage for major women’s competitions like World CupThe culture secretary has called for top flight women’s sport to be added to televised sport’s “crown jewels” list, which would guarantee them exposure to potential…

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Football world calls on Saudi Arabia to stop pirating of matches

Bodies including Premier League write to Saudi authorities asking them to crack down on content theftThe world’s biggest football authorities, including those who run the Premier League, World Cup and Champions League, have called on Saudi Arabia to ta…

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Rory McIlroy tops UK’s richest young sports star list for third year running

Golfer’s fortune stands at £138mFootballers dominate all-male listThe Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has been named the UK’s richest young sports star for the third year running, increasing his fortune by £28m to £138m, in an all-male list dominate…

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Eleven Sports ditches Serie A in bid to prevent UK and Ireland closure

Service will keep La Liga coverage and drop priceCompany has also lost Eredivisie rightsEleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix for Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, has saved its UK and Ireland operation from closure aft…

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Premier League draws up new list of potential CEOs after knockbacks

UKTV and YouView executives said to be under considerationThe Premier League’s renewed hunt for a new chief executive is continuing to focus on the broadcasting industry, despite knockbacks from two leading TV figures, with several other top executives…

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Eleven Sports sees UFC go to BT as talks to avoid closure continue

• Serie A and La Liga could also leave troubled streaming service• Eleven Sports is owned by Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani BT has taken back control of the UK rights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship from beleaguered Eleven Sports, the self-styled…

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Eleven Sports may be facing closure in UK after only four months

Service holds UFC, La Liga and Serie A rightsPromised distribution had not been securedEleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix of Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, could be facing closure in the UK & Ireland after fai…

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Premier League’s new chief right at home doing multibillion TV deals | Mark Sweney

Fulham fan Susanna Dinnage is no stranger to high-powered negotiations and will know how to package the Premier League for the digital ageSusanna Dinnage is one of the most senior female executives in British television with more than two decades’ expe…

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Amazon suspends reviews of US Open coverage after deluge of complaints

• Firm slammed amid first exclusive sport broadcast• Picture quality and lack of recording option criticisedAmazon has been flooded with so many complaints about its coverage of the US Open it has stopped disgruntled tennis fans from posting more bad r…

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Can Amazon ace it in the brutal arena of live sports broadcasting?

The company hopes coverage of the US Open will put it on equal footing to Sky, after failures by several streaming servicesWhen Andy Murray returns to Grand Slam tennis at this week’s US Open, he won’t be the only one with big-day nerves, as Amazon loo…

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Amazon breaks Premier League hold of Sky and BT with streaming deal

US online retailer will exclusively livestream 20 matches per season from 2019Amazon has broken Sky and BT’s stranglehold on Premier League football by striking a groundbreaking deal to livestream exclusive coverage of 20 matches per season online.The …

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What the Premier League TV deal means for you: key questions answered

Will subscriptions become cheaper? Will BT customers miss out? What will happen with the unsold packages? A guide to the new dealHow does the Premier League rights auction work?The Premier League divides up 200 matches per season into seven packages fo…

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BT chief: We don’t need Premier League rights

Gavin Patterson says firm has ‘Plan B’ if price for live football coverage goes beyond top bidBT does not need exclusive Premier League games and has a “Plan B” if the company misses out in the upcoming £6bn TV rights auction, the chief executive has s…