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Why won’t TV rights company pouring millions into English football reveal its owners?

Pitch International, which has bought and sold on overseas rights from the FA and EFL, has an anonymous controlling shareholderThe Football Association unveiled its plans last month for a menu of multimillion-pound investment into grassroots facilities…

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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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Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst

Broadcasters are saving under the latest TV rights deal but it does not look like the beginning of the end for the money feastAn assessment of the near-£4.5bn committed to Premier League clubs for live UK televising of their matches from 2019-22 can be…

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Sky and BT Sport pay £4.464bn for first tranche of Premier League TV packages

• Five of seven packages available have been announced• Sky to broadcast 128 matches starting from 2019-20 seasonThe payTV broadcasters Sky and BT Sport have retained their hold on live televised Premier League football, paying £4.464bn to the clubs fo…

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Facebook, Google and Netflix not ready to enter Premier League TV rights battle

• Sky and BT likely to remain major players between 2019 and 2022• Amazon could submit bid for one of less attractive packagesFacebook, Google and Netflix are not submitting bids for the next round of Premier League TV rights, with most analysts believ…

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BT and Sky sign landmark content-sharing deal

Sky Atlantic blockbusters and BT premium sports channels will be available to subscribers without them having to switch providers BT customers are to get access to all of Sky’s sport and entertainment channels, including Game of Thrones for the first t…

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BT and Sky battle to keep England’s Ashes Unnameables anonymous | Marina Hyde

Joe Root is light years away from the visibility David Gower enjoyed and, away from terrestrial TV, some team-mates in Australia might as well be in a witness protection programmeAt the risk of making myself a hostage to fortune, it is very possible th…

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Premier League clubs agree to screen up to 210 live matches a season

• Increase from 168 a season to make top flight even wealthier• Saturday night live match on the cards in 2019-2022 TV dealPremier League chairmen have voted unanimously in favour of a broadcast tender under which between 190 and 210 games will be show…

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Amazon US Open tennis deal sparks speculation over Premier League bid

Company is understood to have struck five-year deal for UK rights to tournament as BT and Sky prepare for football battleAmazon is understood to have snapped up the UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, in a move likely to cause further specul…

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Amazon US Open tennis deal sparks speculation over Premier League bid

Company is understood to have struck five-year deal for UK rights to tournament as BT and Sky prepare for football battleAmazon is understood to have snapped up the UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, in a move likely to cause further specul…

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BBC fights back with 1,000 extra hours of live sports coverage

• Hockey, swimming and basketball biggest beneficiaries of shake-up• BBC promises ‘huge expansion in the availability of free-to-air sport in the UK’The BBC will increase its live sport coverage by up to 1,000 hours a year in what the director general,…

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Premier League’s big six defeated in bid to reallocate £1bn of overseas TV revenue

• Wednesday meeting cancelled with no agreement on the cards• ‘It has become clear that there is currently no consensus for change’The Premier League’s so-called big six has been forced to accept defeat in their battle for a bigger share of £1bn of ove…

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Premier League clubs block big six’s bid for bigger share of TV cash

• Proposal would see end to equal sharing of money from international rights
• Eleven of 14 ‘smaller’ clubs oppose plan presented by Richard Scudamore

The Premier League’s six richest clubs are facing stubborn resistance against their efforts to seek a greater share of income from the next round of multibillion‑pound TV deals.

In a plan believed by the 14 other clubs to be supported by Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League is proposing to end the system by which money from international TV rights sales is shared equally by all 20. Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chairman, is understood to have presented a proposal to a meeting of the other 14 clubs held at the Pullman Hotel in London on Wednesday, for 35% of the next international TV money to be distributed according to “merit” – where clubs finish in the league.

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New Sky thinking: how the Premier League revolution was televised | Scott Murray

Twenty-five years ago the station unleashed a new age – and Richard Keys – on the nation but it may now be time for some fresh thinking about football TV

A quarter of a century has passed since ITV offered the new-fangled Premier League an outlandish £262m for the rights to continue producing Elton Welsby vehicle The Match. At which point agitated Spurs owner and set-top-box mogul Alan Sugar nipped out of the negotiating room, bellowed “Blow them aht the water!” into a nearby payphone, a Sky apparatchik appeared in a puff of smoke carrying an extra £42m, and Super Sunday became a thing. All together now: “Here we go! Hee-ee-eere we go! Here we go, here we go, here we go, here we go, this is it!”

Related: I was there at the birth of Sky Sports – and what a kerfuffle | David James

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Amazon outbids Sky to win exclusive ATP tour tennis rights

Amazon Prime streaming service will now show nearly all elite men’s tennis events except the four grand slams

Tennis fans wanting to watch Andy Murray and Roger Federer on a regular basis through the season will have to pick up an Amazon subscription, after the US digital giant nabbed the UK rights to the ATP World Tour from Sky.

The deal will make Amazon Prime Video the home for practically all top-flight men’s tennis other than the four grand slam tournaments – including the end of year ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London.

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Premier League launch major fight back against illegal streaming

• As official TV audiences decline the Premier League is taking action
• Police forces across the UK and abroad collaborating with ISPs

The Premier League has launched its biggest crackdown on piracy with a series of moves to combat illegal streaming, in light of fears that widespread availability of new consumer-friendly devices could fatally undermine its business model.

The streaming of live football through the internet, bypassing companies such as Sky who have paid for the broadcast rights, has long been a problem for the game’s governing bodies. What was once a minority activity, available only to those with digital skills and knowledge of the more shadowy parts of the internet, has in the past few years become mainstream. Estimates at the number of piracy-enabled devices in the UK, either apps or so‑called ‘Kodi boxes’, reach the hundreds of thousands.

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BT’s £1.2bn Champions League splurge is price of staying in Sky game

The telecoms group needed to win at all costs after a rocky year – though it may face a tougher battle over the Premier League

BT is banking on its £1.2bn Champions League rights victory putting its business back on track after a torrid 12 months. A boost is needed after the financial and reputational damage of an accounting scandal at its Italian operation and the protracted battle with the industry watchdog over the future of its broadband division.

On Monday BT renewed ownership of UK broadcast rights to Europe’s biggest football tournament but had to shoulder a hefty 32% price increase, or almost £100m extra per season, to fend off Sky and buy the games exclusively until 2021. But after suffering something of an annus horibilis Gavin Patterson, the BT chief executive, will consider that a price well worth paying.

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Referral for prosecution in Egypt over $1bn African football TV deal angers Caf

• Confederation of African Football hits out at Egyptian Competition Authority
• Caf president and former Fifa head Issa Hayatou implicated in ‘false’ reports

The Confederation of African Football has been referred for prosecution in Egypt over the sale of its worldwide television rights for the next 12 years at a price said to be worth $1bn. The president of Caf, Issa Hayatou, a former acting president of Fifa, does not appear to have been referred for prosecution personally; Caf said initial reports that he had were “false”, while insisting the confederation has committed no offence in relation to its TV deals.

Related: The Premier League’s likely winners and losers from 2017 Africa Cup of Nations | Paul Doyle

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Monaco Grand Prix to be shown on free-to-air TV for first time since 2012

• Channel 4 to show F1’s May showpiece race live for first time
• Russia, Singapore and US grands prix also join C4’s roster

The Monaco Grand Prix will be broadcast live on free-to-air television in the UK for the first time in five years as Channel 4 revealed its programme details for the new season.

The terrestrial broadcaster will again show 10 live Formula One races as part of its co-broadcasting deal with Sky Sports, including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 16 July. Sky will show all 20 races live.

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NFL teams recreate games with toys following league ban on highlights

  • League has stopped teams posting footage to Twitter and Facebook
  • Browns and Eagles find novel ways to thumb noses at NFL

NFL teams have shot back at the league’s ban on franchises posting highlights to social media by recreating Sunday’s games using toys.

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