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Olympic viewers urged to be patient as BBC forced to juggle live streams

Frustration as reduced broadcasting rights limit corporation’s coverage to only two events at a timeTokyo Olympics – live updatesFans missing live Tokyo Olympics coverage of their favourite sports are being urged to be patient as the BBC juggles live s…

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ITV’s England ‘curse’ lifted but BBC will dominate Euro 2020 final

Semi-final was a big win for ITV but vast majority likely to switch to BBC when broadcasters go toe-to-toe for the finalWhen Sam Matterface finished ITV’s commentary on England’s historic Euro 2020 victory over Denmark, he concluded with a plea to view…

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ESPN takes Rachel Nichols off NBA finals duty after leaked comments

ESPN benches Nichols as sideline reporter amid controversyNetwork says Malika Andrews will handle role for whole seriesESPN has replaced Rachel Nichols as its sideline reporter for the NBA finals following a report detailing critical comments she made …

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Cristiano Ronaldo shoots to top of Instagram rich list

Portugal footballer can command as much as $1.6m to endorse a product on social mediaCristiano Ronaldo has shot to the top of Instagram’s annual rich list of celebrities who can charge the most for a sponsored post, with the footballer able to command …

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Sky reporter Michelle Owen reveals online abuse over red card mistake

Owen: ‘This happens too often to too many people’Jeff Stelling ‘distraught’ by social media abuse of reporterMichelle Owen has shared some of the abuse she received online over her reporting for Sky’s around-the-grounds coverage, and called on social m…

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The Guardian view on women’s football: the new deal is a gamechanger | Editorial

A decision by the BBC and Sky to invest £8m a year in the Women’s Super League puts the sport on a far stronger footingIn one sense it’s been a long time coming. Advocates of women’s football in England spent most of the last decade pushing for broadca…

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‘A huge step forward’: WSL announces record-breaking deal with BBC and Sky

£8m-a-season deal believed to be biggest in women’s footballKelly Simmons hails ‘a landmark moment for the women’s game’The FA has announced it has signed a “landmark” multimillion pound deal with Sky Sports and the BBC for the broadcast rights to the …

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NFL finalizes blockbuster $113bn media rights deal through 2033 season

NFL will nearly double media revenue to over $10bn per seasonAmazon paying about $1bn for Thursday Night Football packageThe NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10bn a season with new rights agreements announced on Thursday, includin…

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French football crisis deepens as TV rights offers fail to reach reserve price

Amazon, Discovery and DAZN bids deemed unsuitably lowGoverning body to reassess sale of rights for Ligues 1 and 2French football has plunged further into crisis after an emergency auction of TV rights ended without a suitable offer. The Ligue de Footba…

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Cris Collinsworth is shocked women understand NFL. 90m of us disagree

The NBC analyst has apologized for sexist remarks he made during a broadcast. The incident showed why we need more women in the commentary boothCris Collinsworth spent time with some women this week. These women, it seems, asked some decent questions a…

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Premier League confirms scrapping of controversial pay-per-view model

Fans will not be charged £14.95 to watch games for rest of yearMatches back on Sky, BT Sport, Amazon and free-to-air on BBCThe Premier League will show every fixture live on TV until the new year, with no pay-per-view matches in sight.As expected, the …

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Premier League’s pay-per-view model likely to be scrapped after this weekend

Plan is likely to move back to model used at start of seasonClubs also discussing improved financial offer to EFLThe Premier League’s controversial pay-per-view model is likely to be ditched after this weekend’s matches.It is understood the league is m…

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Premier League to introduce pay-per-view fixtures on Sky and BT Sport

All matches to be shown live until end of OctoberFive games per matchday will cost £14.95 eachThe Premier League has agreed a new deal to show all its fixtures live on British television, but fans will have to pay extra for the privilege.Since the coro…

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Sky Sports tries to tackle online abuse after lockdown surge

‘Significant rise in misogynistic and sexist abuse’ and racismSoccer Saturday changes led to particularly high levelsSky Sports has announced an attempt to clamp down on online abuse after a “surge” in hateful messages during lockdown. The broadcaster …

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Sue Barker to leave BBC’s Question of Sport after 24 years

Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell also axed in quiz show shake-upThe tennis and broadcasting star Sue Barker is to leave A Question of Sport after 24 years as its host in a big shake-up of the BBC quiz show.The programme’s team captains, Matt …

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Jeff Stelling: ‘I did think about resigning but all three urged me not to do anything silly’

Sky’s Soccer Saturday host on sackings, saving someone’s life without knowing it and changing his views on female pundits“It’s been a difficult few weeks because it would be like I’ve lost the entire midfield just before the start of the season,” Jeff …

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All 28 Premier League games in September to be shown on live TV

Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon Prime to show gamesDecision taken by clubs with no fans allowed into stadiumsThe small-screen extravaganza that accompanied the Premier League restart is to continue, with all 28 fixtures scheduled for September to …

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Donald Trump says protests are hurting the NBA’s ratings. Is he right?

The president has warned the league – and the NFL – against player protests. But how much political action affects viewership is unclearWith the presidential election only two months away, the occupant of the White House appeared consumed on Tuesday by…

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Kenny Smith walks off NBA on TNT set in solidarity with Bucks over Blake shooting

Blake was shot in back by police in Wisconsin on SundayNBA postpones playoff games after player boycottsKenny Smith walked off the set of the NBA on TNT on Wednesday night in solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks, who boycotted their playoff game against…

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Kenny Smith walks off NBA on TNT set in solidarity with Bucks over Blake shooting

Blake was shot in back by police in Wisconsin on SundayNBA postpones playoff games after player boycottsKenny Smith walked off the set of the NBA on TNT on Wednesday night in solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks, who boycotted their playoff game against…