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The Stone-Lalas dumbumvirate sums up Fox’s botched World Cup coverage

The broadcaster’s efforts at Russia 2018 were the TV equivalent of Marouane Fellaini, a player who tries to do everything and succeeds at almost nothingRatings in the US for this year’s World Cup are down significantly on 2014 and if reports are correc…

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England World Cup win over Sweden watched by almost 20m viewers

BBC’s coverage of quarter-final victory over Sweden peaked at 19.64 million on SaturdayThere were gasps, there were cheers – in many cases there was frank disbelief – as England defeated Sweden on Saturday, and went through the to the semi-final of a W…

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World Cup: Lucid restraint at the BBC … as everyone else goes totally mad

The professional pundits covering the England-Sweden World Cup match on Saturday had it all under control“This game doesn’t really need hyping up, so we’re going to do it anyway.” It already seems so long ago, but back at 2.40pm on Saturday, when there…

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Livestream of England match will have 20-second delay, says BBC

Millions are expected to watch quarter-final game against Sweden on mobile or big screenMillions of Britons unable to get close to a television will spend Saturday afternoon watching England’s World Cup quarter-final match livestreamed on to their mobi…

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More than 24 million people watch England’s penalty shootout win

Game as a whole seen by 16.5 million people on average, with figures a boon for ITVMore than 24 million people in the UK watched Eric Dier score England’s winning penalty against Colombia on Tuesday night, making the World Cup last 16 match one of the …

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England victory over Tunisia most-watched UK TV event of 2018 so far

An average audience of 13.7 million watched 2-1 victory in team’s World Cup openerEngland’s World Cup victory over Tunisia was the most-watched TV programme in the UK so far this year.An average audience of 13.7 million watched the team’s opening game …

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England victory over Tunisia most-watched UK TV event of 2018 so far

An average audience of 13.7 million watched 2-1 victory in team’s World Cup openerEngland’s World Cup victory over Tunisia was the most-watched TV programme in the UK so far this year.An average audience of 13.7 million watched the team’s opening game …

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BBC goes safer and surer in round one of World Cup battle with ITV

Gary Lineker’s early Salah joke baffled his pundits, but corporation’s coverage looks good for the long haul• How BBC made its World Cup trailer entirely out of tapestryThe BBC started its World Cup coverage with a moody montage of Mohamed Salah and Lu…

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Slaven Bilic shines but it’s never all right on the night for ITV | Jacob Steinberg

Viewers watching the World Cup opening game on ITV website see adverts instead of first 30 seconds of Russia v Saudi ArabiaAt times like these there are two choices available. The first is to get very cross with ITV. But that seems less fun than option…

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‘Jacqui took a bullet for us’: the women with key World Cup reporting roles

There will be more women than ever before broadcasting to British homes from RussiaIn 2007, when Jacqui Oatley became Match of the Day’s first female commentator, one tabloid newspaper greeted the news with the headline “From Motty to Totty”, which the…

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Fox replaces ESPN’s cult of British accents with maximum volume at World Cup

US viewers have a new broadcaster in charge for Russia 2018, and it looks like Fox is not afraid of a gimmick or eightNo one likes to be condescended to – unless you’re talking about the American soccer public. That, it appears, is the core of the stra…

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Amazon breaks Premier League hold of Sky and BT with streaming deal

US online retailer will exclusively livestream 20 matches per season from 2019Amazon has broken Sky and BT’s stranglehold on Premier League football by striking a groundbreaking deal to livestream exclusive coverage of 20 matches per season online.The …

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Sky faces battle to keep golf rights as PGA Tour strikes $2bn Discovery deal

• Discovery will auction coverage on individual basis from 2019• British broadcaster remains under contract until 2022Sky Sports faces a battle to retain its status as the UK’s main broadcaster of the PGA Tour after a $2bn deal was announced between th…

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Augusta and Sky’s disagreements over Masters coverage will not be resolved in a bubble | Ewan Murray

The host and the main UK broadcaster’s difficult relationship raises the possibility of all four days of the Masters returning to the BBC. Whatever happens will reverberate through the gameThe fact that Sky Sports and Augusta National have endured an u…

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Former ESPN president Skipper says he resigned after cocaine extortion attempt

John Skipper quit in December citing ‘substance addiction’62-year-old says he and his family were put at riskJohn Skipper, who resigned as ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks in December because of a “substance addicti…

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Lawsuit claims ESPN ignored racial harassment of Jemele Hill by Chris Berman

Allegations are in suit by former ESPN employee Adrienne LawrenceBerman stepped down from regular presenting last yearA lawsuit alleges that Chris Berman, for years the face of ESPN, left a racially abusive voice mail for fellow anchor Jemele Hill in 2…

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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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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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Sky netted a sweet Premier League deal but the TV rights bubble isn’t over

The value of TV packages may have plateaued in the UK but footie bosses aren’t worried, with the game’s appeal growing globally and the likes of Amazon on the sidelinesOn the face of it, the outcome of the latest battle for Premier League TV rights app…

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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…