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Category: Sports rights

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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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Six Nations must look after its casual crowd who might not pay to watch it | Andy Bull

The Six Nations and the private equity firm CVC’s impending deal is threatening to take some games off free-to-air TV, and that could be a dangerous moveIn August 1990 a retired French nuclear physicist called André Gardes armed himself with a semi?aut…

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Premier League’s new chief says Netflix-style overseas service is on cards

• Mixture of TV rights sales and new service would lift income• ‘We will be ready should the opportunity arise’The Premier League will eventually sell matches on a Netflix-style channel, its new chief executive, Richard Masters, has said. Masters confi…

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Premier League’s new chief says Netflix-style overseas service is on cards

• Mixture of TV rights sales and new service would lift income• ‘We will be ready should the opportunity arise’The Premier League will eventually sell matches on a Netflix-style channel, its new chief executive, Richard Masters, has said. Masters confi…

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Premier League’s new chief says Netflix-style overseas service is on cards

• Mixture of TV rights sales and new service would lift income• ‘We will be ready should the opportunity arise’The Premier League will eventually sell matches on a Netflix-style channel, its new chief executive, Richard Masters, has said. Masters confi…

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Broadcasting rights impasse puts CVC’s £300m Six Nations deal in peril

• Home unions want tournament to remain on terrestrial TV• Tender process for next TV deal due to start this monthThe deal to sell a 15% stake in the Six Nations to the private equity company CVC is being held up over the home unions’ insistence that t…

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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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BT to let sport fans buy monthly pass to watch matches for first time

Firm acknowledges consumers’ preference for Netflix-type flexibility over long-term dealsBT is to launch a monthly pass allowing sport fans to watch content including Premier League and Champions League football without a contract for the first time, a…

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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 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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Premier League clubs warned of revenue fall unless piracy is tackled

• BeIN Media Group CEO says ‘media rights bubble’ set to burst• ‘The truth is that our industry is completely unprepared’Revenues for Premier League clubs such as Watford and Bournemouth will fall off a cliff unless online piracy is faced down, the wor…

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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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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…

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Cricket World Cup final will be on free-to-air TV if England qualify

Sky says it aims to ensure wide audience for final at Lord’s if tournament hosts get thereThe Cricket World Cup final will be shown on a free-to-air platform if England qualify after debate about whether the tournament has captured the public interest….

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Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on free-to-air platform

• Sky executives understood to be considering one-off move• Options include online streaming of Lord’s final on 14 JulyThe Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on a free-to-air platform in the UK, with the rights holder, Sky, understood to be con…

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La Liga fined over app that spied on illegal bar screenings of matches

• €250,000 fine imposed by data watchdog • ‘We profoundly disagree with this decision’La Liga has been ordered to pay a €250,000 (£220,000) fine after Spain’s data protection watchdog said its official match-following app had been used to spy on bars t…

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Michael Holding responds to ICC ‘censorship’ after criticising umpires

• Commentator unhappy with calls in West Indies v Australia• ‘Is objective to protect umpires even when they do a bad job?’Michael Holding has hit back at “censorship” by the ICC following a request to tone down his views on umpiring while commentating…

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Cricket World Cup’s efforts to ‘engage’ doomed by terrestrial TV void | Andy Bull

TikTok, Helo, YouTube and the rest – like highlights after midnight – cannot make up for a widespread inability to watch the games unfoldRepeat a word often enough and it seems to lose all meaning. It’s called semantic satiation, and it’s a phenomenon …

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Star players not close matches are the new turn-on for football’s TV viewers | Sean Ingle

Manchester City’s FA Cup final demolition of Watford may have been boring for some but research shows TV audiences want high-quality entertainment rather than unpredictabilityThere was a moment late in Saturday’s FA Cup final when Manchester City turne…