The UK government is considering adding the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Paralympic Games to the list of ‘crown jewel’ sporting events that are reserved for free-to-air television.
The Times reported that the Paralympics would be added to the list straight away, with plans set to be announced for a consultation process that would lead to the addition of the Women’s World Cup.
The list currently includes the men’s FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, FA Cup final, Rugby World Cup final, the Olympic Games, the Grand National and the Wimbledon finals.
US data company Stats and digital sports media and content provider Perform have completed regulatory and closing requirements to merge and will operate under the new name of Stats Perform.
Stats Perform will provide data, sports research, news and video content, and AI-powered solutions to sports media and broadcasters, technology companies, global brands, sportsbooks, teams and leagues, and fantasy providers.
Perform operates the Opta, RunningBall and Watch&Bet data services and had been spun off by parent company DAZN Group.
The BBC has acquired rights for the 2021 Women’s European Championships, which will be staged in England.
The BBC will provide extensive coverage of each match of the tournament across its television, radio and online platforms.
Sky has agreed a three-year extension to its rights deal for The Open, while the NBC Sports Group division of US media company NBCUniversal has agreed a global digital media partnership for the Ryder Cup.
Sky’s new contract with The R&A covers the 2022, 2023 and 2024 editions of golf’s only men’s major played outside of the United States.
Manchester City has signed a Japan-focused partnership with DAZN, while the club has also announced details of a global trophy tour to celebrate the six competitions its men’s and women’s teams won last season.
As the club’s official partner in Japan, DAZN will be the exclusive live host broadcaster for the Galaxy Entertainment EUROJAPAN Cup, which will see City take on Yokohama F. Marinos on 27th July at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France broke viewing records on the BBC, with 28.1 million people having tuned in to the tournament.
England’s semi-final against the USA attracted the highest live TV audience of 2019 with 11.7 million viewers. Match requests on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport during the tournament totalled 13.1 million, with 1.7 million requests for England-USA alone.
USA won its fourth Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands in Lyon. The match attracted a peak BBC One audience of 4.7 million and peak share of 38.5%.
Henley Royal Regatta have agreed a two-year extension to the rowing showpiece’s broadcast deal with BT Sport.
The agreement will see live and exclusive television coverage of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Regatta continue in the UK for 2019 and 2020, to complement the ongoing live streaming of the event around the world on YouTube.
Genius Sports Media has announced a new suite of data-driven fan engagement services for brands and publishers to find new ways to connect with audiences.
The end-to-end digital agency service has been made available for sportsbook and gaming operators, sports rights-holders, brands and digital publishers. The new marketing tools are designed to make it easier for advertisers to tailor the content and delivery of their campaigns around the sporting calendar
GolfPass, a joint venture between the NBC Sports and golf star Rory McIlroy, has launched in the UK and Ireland.
The direct-to-consumer subscription program launched in North America in February and is the product of two years of development and collaboration between Rory McIlroy Inc. and NBC Sports.
International Cricket Council Chief Executive David Richardson has claimed that the global audience for the India v Pakistan Cricket World Cup match on...
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