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Amazon & BT Sport secure final Premier League rights

Amazon will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years from 2019, after winning one of the final two broadcast packages, with BT Sport securing the additional remaining games. 

The online streaming service has won the rights to show one round of midweek games and one round from a bank holiday schedule, with the matches set to be available to Amazon Prime members in the UK at no additional cost.

Discovery signs global PGA Tour agreement

Discovery and the PGA Tour have announced plans to create a new international multi-platform home for golf, after confirming a new 12-year partnership from 2019.

The agreement includes global multi-platform live rights, outside the United States, to all PGA Tour media properties with approximately 2,000 hours of content per year. The rights include the six Tours operating under the PGA Tour umbrella and nearly 150 tournaments annually, including The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup. 

Final Premier League rights deal "imminent"

The Premier League is set to sell its final two remaining domestic media rights packages for the next cycle, with the organisation’s executive chairman Richard Scudamore confirming the deal was “imminent”.

According to media reports, the final two packages available are set to go to incumbent broadcasters Sky and BT Sport, despite previous rumours of new bidders entering the process.

Premier League clubs will reportedly sign off on the new deals during their summer meetings early next month.

Sunset+Vine secures BT Sport contract

BT Sport has extended its current agreement with Sunset+Vine in a new four year contract to produce its coverage through until 2022.

The new agreement with the TV sports producer and distributor equates to 1,200 hours of live and magazine coverage for BT Sport per year, starting from the beginning of the 2018/19 Premier League season. 

The extension takes the partnership through to a ninth year, having begun in 2013.

BBC to broadcast first ever UFC event

BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra will broadcast a UFC event live for the first time when the UFC makes its debut in Liverpool this Sunday.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till, which takes place at the Echo Arena Liverpool, will be aired live on the station during a huge weekend of sport for the city that also sees the red side take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.

Professional Sports Group launches content arm

Professional Sports Group (PSG) has launched a new specialist content, social and digital agency arm, named OneToWatch.

According to PSG, the new division will continue to grow and develop digital strategies for existing clients across content campaigns and social media management, as well as work with new athletes, brands and rights holders to help them achieve their commercial and strategic objectives through digital.

BBC & ITV reveal World Cup lineups

The BBC and ITV, who will once again share the UK broadcast of next month’s FIFA World Cup, have confirmed details of their coverage, as well as the on-screen talent line-up, ahead of kick off on 14th June.

Leading BBC’s TV coverage is Gary Lineker who will be joined in the studio by former England stars Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Danny Murphy, Martin Keown, Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta.

BT Sport to show Champions League final for free

Fans will be able to watch Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the final of the UEFA Champions League for free online via YouTube, the BT Sport app and btsport.com, after host broadcaster BT Sport confirmed the showpiece final will once again be shown for free.

The UEFA Europa League final will also be made available online to millions of fans who do not subscribe to BT Sport, as part of the broadcaster’s promise to make televised sport more accessible.

LOVE SPORT launches shows on Alexa & Google Assistant

LOVE SPORT has announced a collaboration with XAPPmedia to make 10 shows available to fans through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and the respective Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

According to the station it is the first known portfolio of podcasts to be made simultaneously available on both Alexa and Google Assistant in the UK. In addition to LOVE SPORT’s core listener base in the UK, the shows will also be available to Alexa and Google Assistant users in Australia, Canada, India and the US.

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