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BBC goes safer and surer in round one of World Cup battle with ITV

Gary Lineker’s early Salah joke baffled his pundits, but corporation’s coverage looks good for the long haul• How BBC made its World Cup trailer entirely out of tapestryThe BBC started its World Cup coverage with a moody montage of Mohamed Salah and Lu…

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‘The people should celebrate’: Russian press reaction to rout of Saudi Arabia

Pre-tournament pessimism has been washed away by the hosts’ thumping 5-0 win, but some observers are urging caution“Exhale!” screamed the top line in the Russian daily Sport Express.As Russia steamrolled its way to a 5-0 thrashing of a helpless Saudi A…

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Curse of ITV’s World Cup opening match coverage strikes again

Viewers using broadcaster’s streaming service missed kick-off due to a ‘technical issue’The World Cup kicked off at 4pm on Thursday afternoon – but not for some people streaming the match on ITV’s website, who missed the start of the tournament. Relate…

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Slaven Bilic shines but it’s never all right on the night for ITV | Jacob Steinberg

Viewers watching the World Cup opening game on ITV website see adverts instead of first 30 seconds of Russia v Saudi ArabiaAt times like these there are two choices available. The first is to get very cross with ITV. But that seems less fun than option…

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‘Jacqui took a bullet for us’: the women with key World Cup reporting roles

There will be more women than ever before broadcasting to British homes from RussiaIn 2007, when Jacqui Oatley became Match of the Day’s first female commentator, one tabloid newspaper greeted the news with the headline “From Motty to Totty”, which the…

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How the BBC made its 2018 World Cup trailer entirely out of tapestry

It took six months and 600 tapestries to bring to life a trailer inspired by Russian mosaics, Soviet poster art and bus stopsThe story behind the BBC’s remarkable World Cup trailer begins some time ago, with a 12-year-old on a day trip to a boat show b…

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Amazon launches its assault on sport coverage with tennis at Queen’s

• Fever-Tree Championships screened on Amazon Prime Video • US Open, ATP Tour and Premier League will also be shownSky’s decision to walk away from tennis next summer, after several years covering everything from the salad days of Tim Henman to the ris…

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Fox replaces ESPN’s cult of British accents with maximum volume at World Cup

US viewers have a new broadcaster in charge for Russia 2018, and it looks like Fox is not afraid of a gimmick or eightNo one likes to be condescended to – unless you’re talking about the American soccer public. That, it appears, is the core of the stra…

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Stan Collymore: ‘The thing white men hate most is outspoken black men’

The former England forward-turned-broadcaster has become a strident voice on football’s relationship with race and, despite the backlash on social media, he stands by every wordStan Collymore has agreed to speak to me on the Tuesday afternoon just gone…

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Premier League big six win battle for larger share of overseas TV rights

• Some money paid according to league position from 2019-20• Compromise voted in at Premier League meeting on ThursdayThe so-called “big six” Premier League clubs have won their persistent battle to be paid a greater share of the league’s burgeoning in…

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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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Premier League clubs soar into profit with record £4.5bn revenues

• 2016-17 accounts show 17 top-flight clubs making money• First year of new TV deal and new regulations fuel boomThe first year of the Premier League’s record £8.4bn television deals, combined with financial regulations aimed at preventing the bulk of …

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Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters

Manchester town hall | Funeral ads | Atheist appeals to God | Neville Southall | Dom BessWhile I am broadly in agreement with Simon Jenkins about the government getting it wrong on urban renewal in the regions (Relocating a few TV execs won’t revive ou…

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Zach Ertz angry after Fox News shows his pre-game prayer to imply anthem protest

Eagles tight end calls Fox News footage ‘propaganda’Donald Trump cancelled Philadelphia’s White House visitFox News may have hit on a problem as it looked to report on Donald Trump’s decision to disinvite the Philadelphia Eagles from a White House visi…

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Sky faces battle to keep golf rights as PGA Tour strikes $2bn Discovery deal

• Discovery will auction coverage on individual basis from 2019• British broadcaster remains under contract until 2022Sky Sports faces a battle to retain its status as the UK’s main broadcaster of the PGA Tour after a $2bn deal was announced between th…

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Chinese firms pile in to sponsor World Cup 2018 amid Fifa fallout

Brands seize chance to push products after western firms pull out over bribery scandalFootball fans heading to the World Cup this summer are going to get an education in Chinese TVs, mobile phones, electric scooters and Mongolian dairy products. As wes…

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Australia enters the unknown with new era of World Cup coverage | Jonathan Howcroft

How will Optus cope with the huge responsibility of bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to Australian screens?The mellifluous ooh sound Les Murray fashioned when forming the word football is the source of vivid Proustian memories throughout Aus…

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As Raheem Sterling knows, successful black men have targets on their back | Maurice Mcleod

Whether its his choice of tattoo or the variation in his spending, the message to the England footballer is clear: know your placeIn a little over two weeks, the World Cup finals begin in Russia. You would expect the nation to be concentrating its effo…

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Raheem Sterling defends gun tattoo against media criticism

England footballer says image relates to father’s fatal shooting and his favoured footThe England forward Raheem Sterling has defended his new tattoo against media criticism, saying the image of a gun has a “deeper meaning”.The Manchester City player p…

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Diego Maradona docuseries about ‘Hand of God’ era in works at Amazon

The streaming service says the series will offer an ‘unprecedented look’ at the player and chronicle his mid-80s peak where he led Argentina to World Cup glory and Napoli to its first-ever scudettoStreaming giant Amazon Prime will throw its weight behi…