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4.5 million Britons watch Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air

Viewing peaked for drama of super over but still lagged behind Wimbledon finalEngland’s cricket World Cup victory attracted a peak TV audience of 4.5 million people on Channel 4, as live international cricket returned to free-to-air television for the …

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Tactical toilet breaks and apple on willow: what free-to-air cricket could inspire | Max Rushden

Putting the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air TV could just be a one-off, but what if it was the start of something more?In the summer of ‘93, everyone at my school became a leg-spinner. We’d never seen leg-spin before Shane Warne arrived. Not tha…

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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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Liam Plunkett wants Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television

• England bowler wants ‘as many people to watch it as possible’• Sky viewing figures dwarfed by Women’s football World CupLiam Plunkett has thrown his support behind the idea of the Cricket World Cup final being screened on a free-to-air platform, sayi…

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Record TV audience watch England in Women’s World Cup

Quarter-final victory over Norway attracts peak figure of 7.6 million on BBC OneA record-breaking peak audience of 7.6 million people tuned in to watch England’s women’s football team beat Norway 3-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals on BBC One.The figur…

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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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The Guardian view on cricket: play the game | Editorial

The game is shrinking in its homeland, but it still thrills hundreds of thousandsOnce in a while sport throws up some feat of truly astonishing athleticism. Professional sportspeople operate all the time at a level which most of us could never for a mo…

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Is a tarnished UFC worth the risk to ESPN and Disney Studios?

Mixed martial arts’ biggest money-spinner can deliver a young, internet-savvy audience. But UFC has been hit by a number of unseemly controversiesOn Saturday the UFC will return Rio de Janeiro for UFC 237. The event, which features a handful of former …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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How Stephen A Smith went from visionary pundit to ESPN’s $10m hot-take machine

The broadcaster’s shouter-in-chief is about to become the richest man in sports media after nearly washing out chasing a vision that was ahead of its timeAdidas needs Beyoncé more than Beyoncé needs Adidas. Last week’s announcement of their multi-year …

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Gordon Strachan will not appear on Sky again after Adam Johnson remarks

• Former Scotland manager will no longer be used by broadcaster• Strachan seemed to conflate Johnson issue with racial abuseThe former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will no longer be used by Sky Sports after controversial comments in which he appear…

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Three men sentenced to total of 17 years over illegal Premier League streaming

The fraudulent companies earned in excess of £5m‘Mastermind’ Steven King jailed for more than seven years Three operators of a pirate streaming organisation which provided illegal access to Premier League games to more than 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes …

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The NFL is 70% black, so why is its TV coverage so white?

This Sunday’s Super Bowl on CBS will be broadcast by a team of competent professionals. They just won’t be representative of the sport they’re covering Last November, in the lead-up to the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day game between the New Orleans Saints and …

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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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Olympian Beth Tweddle sues The Jump makers over injuries

Gymnast seeks £200,000 in damages after fall during training for ski-jump TV showIt was billed as a chance to watch celebrities tackle “seriously scary winter sports” on prime-time television, but the makers of The Jump are facing a seriously scary leg…