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Category: Television industry

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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…

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No longer At The Races: Sky Sports comes under starter’s orders | Greg Wood

The broadcaster wants to revolutionise televised racing – and is prepared to invest money and resources to do soThere are unlikely to be many mourners when At The Races officially expires at midnight on Monday. After all, and with all due respect to th…

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Regular female-led football coverage ‘generations’ away, says Jacqui Oatley

• Broadcaster supports Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign• Fewer than a third of 2018 major sport roles filled by womenThe sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley has said it will take “a couple of generations” before women working in football as reporters,…

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Sky Sports, RacingTV and the row over Irish coverage – Talking Horses

With TV coverage of racing set for a shakeup, there are fears in Ireland that their meetings will be sidelinedFor the most committed racing fans, TV coverage of the sport will look quite different from 1 January, when both RacingUK and At The Races, th…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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Seema Jaswal: ‘We’re seeing more women in sports media, but there’s still a long way to go’

The Premier League presenter understands that as a woman with Asian heritage, she is both a pioneer and role model in a male-dominated industryThe idea that there might be barriers in her way did not occur to Seema Jaswal until, soon after deciding tha…

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England v Switzerland to be screened in black and white

Opening of match will be monochrome to mark anti-racism campaign’s anniversaryAn England match will be broadcast in black and white for the first time in half a century when Gareth Southgate’s men take on Switzerland on Tuesday evening.Viewers tuning i…

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ICC make public appeal for help over identity of alleged match fixer

• ‘The true identity of Aneel Munawar remains a mystery’• Cricket Australia tells al-Jazeera to give evidence to ICCThe ICC has appealed to the public to help identify and find a suspected match-fixer featured in an al-Jazeera documentary on corruption…