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Goodwood extends global media reach

This year’s edition of the Qatar Goodwood Festival event will benefit from widespread media coverage, Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has revealed.

For the first time, the event - which runs from 30th July to 3rd August - will be broadcast by NBC in the US, CBC in Canada and Network Ten in Australia.

NBC will broadcast a live two-hour show on Wednesday, while CBC will show all five days of racing. Horse-racing channels TVG and HPI TV will also provide coverage in the US and Canada, respectively.

Liverpool delves into VR for sporting friendly

Premier League football club Liverpool has partnered with US technology company NextVR to provide its pre-season friendly match against Portuguese Primeira Liga team Sporting CP in virtual reality.

The 24th July game is taking place at Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise the New York Yankees, and VR coverage will be exclusively available in the US to NextVR users on Oculus Gear VR and Go as well as all Oculus Venues users.

Audience revealed for MLB’s YouTube debut

A peak audience of more than 200,000 viewers tuned in to watch Major League Baseball’s (MLB) first live stream of a game via its official YouTube channel.

Data provided by YouTube’s parent company, Google, to the Morning Consult media company revealed that the game on 18th July between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers attracted a total of more than two million views.

The Phillies emerged with a thrilling 7-6 win in the game, which is the first of 13 MLB to be shown exclusively live on the video-sharing website in the second half of the 2019 season.

Women’s World Cup & Paralympics set for UK TV’s ‘crown jewels’ list

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.

Stats & Perform seal merger deal

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.

Manchester City partners with DAZN Japan, details global trophy tour

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.

Women’s World Cup breaks viewing records for BBC

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%.

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