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‘We want authentic’: how NBC’s British commentators won the US audience

For the British natives enlisted for NBC’s Premier League play-by-play duties, tailoring a style to fit an American audience has come quite naturallyMore than 30 years have passed since Arlo White, then a teenager, traveled from England to Chicago to v…

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Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with ‘agreement and support’ of Murdoch’s Fox executives

Documents form part of sprawling investigation into football corruptionTestimony in Fifa trial places Fox executives in meetings with corrupt officialsSenior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation are alleged to have agreed for mil…

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Faulk, McNabb among pundits taken off air amid sexual harassment allegations

NFL, ESPN and The Ringer suspend six named in sexual misconduct suitMarshall Faulk, Donovan McNabb among ex-players named in complaintHall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk and six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb are among five on-air pundit…

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Full rounds of Premier League games to be shown live for first time

• Three midweek rounds of fixtures and bank holiday programme available• Fresh auction for 2019-20 season could see Amazon and Facebook enter frayFour full rounds of Premier League games will reportedly be up for grabs in the new TV rights auction. Rel…

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ESPN: can The Worldwide Leader in Sports manage its own decline?

The sports broadcaster has been buffeted by layoffs, declining revenue and a stormy political climate. Will it adapt to a changed media landscape?In the summer of 1998, ESPN did what successful American sports entities tend to do: it opened a restauran…

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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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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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NFL ratings down 7.5% as Kaepernick attorney bullish over ‘smoking gun’

NFL viewership down during time of protest – but so are Nascar figuresColin Kaepernick lawyer confident client will win grievance caseEagles’ Chris Long to donate rest of 2017 salary to education projectsThe NFL’s embattled season continues as the late…

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ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde

ESPN asked Jemele Hill to ‘discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues’ and to tweet on ‘a current issue impacting sports’ – then suspended her for doing exactly thatMore than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets relate…

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Al Michaels sorry for comparing New York Giants’ form to Harvey Weinstein

Veteran broadcaster makes comments during NBC’s Sunday Night FootballHollywood producer Weinstein accused of multiple sexual assaultsAl Michaels, one of America’s most respected sports commentators, has apologised after jokingly comparing the New York …

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three- to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three- to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

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US PGA Championship will be shown live on the BBC

• PGA of America keen to give live coverage to a wider audience
• Sky TV lost live rights to the final major after talks broke down

The BBC has won the race for live UK coverage of the US PGA Championship in a shock deal which could be announced before the end of this week. This marks a potentially seismic shift for golf, amid an earlier fear that interest in the sport would be damaged by an apparent permanent shift away from terrestrial broadcasting. The Guardian revealed last week that Sky Sports had lost live rights to the final major of the year after talks broke down with the PGA of America. The tournament organisers promised a “multi platform” alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Sky was obviously embarrassed by news breaking of their US PGA scenario days after it announced the forthcoming unveiling of a dedicated golf channel. Should the BBC confirm its US PGA deal in Open week, further red faces will ensue at Sky. This marks only the second Open shown live by the satellite channel, in a move from the BBC deemed highly controversial at the time. Sky’s agreement to show all four days of the Masters exclusively is yet to be extended after an existing deal ended last year.

One complication relating to the BBC’s new major agreement relates to a clash with the world athletics championships, which the corporation was already committed to covering. However, it is believed that is not problematic with a combination of linear television channels and the BBC red button being utilised. Ewan Murray

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US PGA Championship will be shown live on the BBC

• PGA of America keen to give live coverage to a wider audience
• Sky TV lost live rights to the final major after talks broke down

The BBC has won the race for live UK coverage of the US PGA Championship in a shock deal which could be announced before the end of this week. This marks a potentially seismic shift for golf, amid an earlier fear that interest in the sport would be damaged by an apparent permanent shift away from terrestrial broadcasting. The Guardian revealed last week that Sky Sports had lost live rights to the final major of the year after talks broke down with the PGA of America. The tournament organisers promised a “multi platform” alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Sky was obviously embarrassed by news breaking of their US PGA scenario days after it announced the forthcoming unveiling of a dedicated golf channel. Should the BBC confirm its US PGA deal in Open week, further red faces will ensue at Sky. This marks only the second Open shown live by the satellite channel, in a move from the BBC deemed highly controversial at the time. Sky’s agreement to show all four days of the Masters exclusively is yet to be extended after an existing deal ended last year.

One complication relating to the BBC’s new major agreement relates to a clash with the world athletics championships, which the corporation was already committed to covering. However, it is believed that is not problematic with a combination of linear television channels and the BBC red button being utilised. Ewan Murray

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Who is paying for the Premier League’s bumper TV deal? Your local pub

Sky and BT hiked up prices by around 10% last summer to cover the cost of their £8.3bn deal with the Premier League. Not every pub can afford to pay

By Joe Devine for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The recent Premier League season was the first in the latest three-year broadcasting deal, which gives the Premier League £8.3bn in TV rights, with £5.14bn of that coming from two domestic broadcasters, Sky and BT. The 71% increase on the previous deal was welcome news for clubs, players and many supporters. Clubs have larger sums to spend on players, who are earning bigger wages, and the beginning of a levelling-off effect is being seen within the league, as the extra income helps smaller clubs attract and keep a broader range of talent. Clubs are less reliant on matchday income and fans hope this will lead to cheaper tickets; seats for away fans have already been capped at £30.

But, where there is commercial progress there is a cost to bear and that cost usually finds its way to the consumer – or, as we call them in football, the “supporter”. The cost of home subscriptions have gone up a little but broadcasters have found another way of increasing their revenues: by charging pubs more.

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Who is paying for the Premier League’s bumper TV deal? Your local pub

Sky and BT hiked up prices by around 10% last summer to cover the cost of their £8.3bn deal with the Premier League. Not every pub can afford to pay

By Joe Devine for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The recent Premier League season was the first in the latest three-year broadcasting deal, which gives the Premier League £8.3bn in TV rights, with £5.14bn of that coming from two domestic broadcasters, Sky and BT. The 71% increase on the previous deal was welcome news for clubs, players and many supporters. Clubs have larger sums to spend on players, who are earning bigger wages, and the beginning of a levelling-off effect is being seen within the league, as the extra income helps smaller clubs attract and keep a broader range of talent. Clubs are less reliant on matchday income and fans hope this will lead to cheaper tickets; seats for away fans have already been capped at £30.

But, where there is commercial progress there is a cost to bear and that cost usually finds its way to the consumer – or, as we call them in football, the “supporter”. The cost of home subscriptions have gone up a little but broadcasters have found another way of increasing their revenues: by charging pubs more.

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Fox Sports president leaves amid sexual harassment investigation, say reports

  • Jamie Horowitz was at helm as jobs were cut at broadcaster
  • Executive’s attorney says Horowitz is innocent of any misconduct

A week after pushing through a policy that saw a number Fox Sports journalists lose their jobs, the broadcaster’s president of national networks, Jamie Horowitz, is leaving the company.

The news, first reported by the Sports Business Journal, came on the same day that the Los Angeles Times said Fox Sports had been investigating sexual harassment. The Times reported that several women at Fox had been interviewed about Horowitz’s conduct.

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Live cricket returns to BBC as part of deal for new Twenty20 tournament

• BBC will show 10 live matches from the ECB’s new T20 competition
• Sky outbid BT Sport and retain bulk of rights

Live domestic and international cricket will return to the BBC from 2020 as part of a new broadcast deal for the England and Wales Cricket Board in which Sky retains the bulk of the rights after beating off subscription rivals BT Sport.

The new deal, which is expected to dwarf the sport’s existing broadcast money, runs from 2020 to 2024 and will be announced in full later on Friday, with the BBC down to show 10 live matches from the ECB’s new Twenty20 competition as well two England Twenty20 internationals.

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Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.

The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.

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