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BT Sport plans historic 5G broadcast at Wembley

Wembley Stadium is to work alongside BT Sport to stage the first ever live sporting event broadcast using a 5G network.

In partnership with EE, the pay-tv broadcaster plans to showcase how it can utilise 5G to increase its own sporting coverage via more matches and faster highlight packages.

The technology is to be demonstrated at the 2018 EE Wembley Cup competition, an annual FA-recognised event in the football calendar where YouTube football players compete against international legends of the game.

EFL agrees new Sky deal

The English Football League (EFL) has reached an £595m agreement with Sky Sports for its domestic broadcasting rights until the end of the 2023/24 season.

It follows strong criticism of the proposed terms from a number of Championship clubs.

The five-year deal worth £119m a season was formally concluded following a meeting of the EFL Board and represents a 35% increase on the current arrangement with the satellite pay-tv broadcasters.

World Chess lands Eurosport deal

World Chess has announced a three-year broadcast partnership with Eurosport to screen key moments and highlights of events, beginning with the ongoing FIDE World Chess Championship 2018.

The deal was announced alongside the 12-game World Chess Championship Match currently taking place in central London, which sees Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defend his title against American contender Fabiano Caruana. 

It follows record-breaking viewing figures for the last World Championship match, held in New York in 2016, when the total global audience topped 1.5 billion people.

Formula E lands BBC deal

Formula E has scored a landmark terrestrial broadcast rights deal in the UK.

The BBC, for the first time, will screen every race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship via its website and TV red button platforms.

The new partnership deal with the British public broadcaster will see the fully electric street racing series aired live across the BBC, starting on the 15th December with the opening race of season five.

DAZN lands Premier League rights in Spain

The live sport and on-demand streaming service DAZN has confirmed it is to launch in Spain in 2019, with the streaming rights for both the English Premier League and MotoGP among its first content to be made available on the platform.

The Premier League has awarded the fast-growing OTT platform exclusive broadcast rights in the territory for all games from 2019/20 until 2021/22, equating to 235 lives games per season.

Sky adds mobile rights to Premier League package

Multi-platform broadcaster Sky Sports has added extended Premier League highlights and mobile clip rights to its package for the English top flight. 

The deal, which starts from the 2019/20 campaign, will see Sky Sports customers in the UK and Ireland have the ability to access in-game goals and clips for mobile devices from matches aired on the network, as well as other fixtures not televised live via its digital platforms.

ITN productions renews deal with ICC

ITN Productions’ sport team has renewed its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide digital clip production services for the ICC World Twenty20 2018 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

ITN Productions will work in partnership with the ICC and their suppliers and licensees to deliver fast-turnaround content.

Aarti Singh Dabas, head of media rights, broadcast and digital, International Cricket Council said: “We were very happy with ITN Productions’ editorial and publishing solutions provided during cricket’s global pinnacle events in 2017.

Snack Media Expands Rugby Portfolio

Sport digital specialist Snack Media now claims to represent the largest independent online rugby network, having expanded its existing portfolio of 350 sports websites by securing Rugbypass.com and the RugbyPass Network.

The announcement coincides with the start of the 2018 Autumn Internationals and comes ahead of a busy 2019 calendar, which will include the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Cook: esports is a cultural revolution

Esports is a “cultural revolution,” equivalent in significance to the advent of the internet or the mobile phone, according to sport industry veteran Garry Cook.

The executive chairman of Gfinity, a former CEO of Manchester City, whose 30+-year career has also included leadership spells at UFC and Nike, told the Sport Industry Breakfast Club this morning that the sector’s growth to-date represents “the tip of the iceberg.”

He said: “My career has always been about finding the consumers. 

Little Dot to run Premiership YouTube channels

Gallagher’s Premiership Rugby and Little Dot Studios have announced a new digital distribution partnership for the studio to manage the league’s YouTube channels. 

The partnership, which came into force at the start of the 2018-19 season, aims to strengthen the presence of Premiership Rugby on the YouTube platform. 

Little Dot Studios has been tasked with helping to reach a new generation of fans. Its role will include optimising and creating content around weekly matches; producing highlights and compilations as well as other content. 

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