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New sport radio station launches in London

LOVE SPORT radio, London’s newest radio station, has officially launched bringing the capital city the latest sports news, news and current affairs.

The new station is backed by Kelvin Mackenzie, founder of talkSPORT; Nigel Wray, owner of Saracens RFC; Stephen Lansdown, owner of Bristol City FC and Richard Murray, director at Charlton FC.

LOVE SPORT radio will be broadcast across the London area and surrounding counties on Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers, 558 AM, DAB, mobile and online.

BBC retains Champions Cup rights

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced that BBC Sport will remain the radio home of Champions Cup rugby in the United Kingdom following the agreement of a three-year extension to the current rights deal through until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The broadcast partnership between EPCR and the BBC will continue to deliver comprehensive audio coverage of the best of European club rugby on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra.

ADI to deliver Bundesliga virtual advertising

Lagardère Sports Germany has agreed a partnership with LED screen and signage experts ADI to deliver virtual advertising for the Bundesliga.

In a global first for virtual LED perimeter opportunities, ADI will supply its new Virtual Hybrid LED boards, which integrate Supponor’s virtual advertising augmented reality platform. The system makes it possible to deliver different brand adverts into individual viewing territories by virtually replacing the LED content seen on the perimeter system.

Formula 1 & Netflix announce docuseries deal

Formula 1 and Netflix have announced a season-long collaboration that will see the sport open its doors to the streaming platform, culminating in an original docu-series of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, to be screened in early 2019.

This Netflix original series will go inside the cockpits, the paddock and the lives of the key players in Formula 1. The series will have access to the drivers, team principals and owners, as well as Formula 1’s own management team.

Endeavor acquires NeuLion

NeuLion, a technology product and service provider, has been acquired by Endeavor, the holding company formerly known as WME-IMG.

NeuLion specialises in the digital video broadcasting, distribution and monetisation of live and on-demand content to internet-enabled devices. 

Under the terms of the agreement - an all-cash deal valued at approximately $250m - Endeavor will acquire each share of outstanding common stock of NeuLion for $0.84. Upon completion of the transaction, NeuLion will become a privately held subsidiary of Endeavor.

World Rugby acquires .rugby domain

World Rugby has announced that it has secured the .rugby web domain name on a global basis as part of a digital rebrand, and will launch it across its properties in 2018.

The acquistion will see the international federation move to 'World.Rugby' as part of the digital re-brand and the .rugby domain name will also be available to unions, regional associations and key stakeholders.  

The domain name has been secured by World Rugby for the benefit of the global rugby community and opens the door to a single global digital identity.

Dugout acquires ballball from News Corp

Dugout and News Corp have revealed plans for the acquisition by Dugout of News Corp’s mobile and online platform ballball, which delivers near-live highlights of football leagues and other content to football markets in South-East Asia.

The acquisition will lead to the creation of a new Dugout entity – Dugout SE Asia – which will be headquartered in Singapore and will lead the expansion of Dugout in the region.

BT Sport renews Vanarama National League deal

BT Sport has renewed its exclusive rights to broadcast the Vanarama National League for a further three years, until 2021.

BT Sport has been broadcasting live and exclusive coverage of English football’s fifth tier since its launch in August 2013.

The new deal will see typically one match broadcast live each match-week, normally in a regular Saturday slot.

Each season, BT Sport’s coverage will follow the championship race and the end-of-season playoffs at Wembley through which one team gains a second promotion place into the English Football League.

Noah Media Group lands Gfinity production deal

Noah Media Group, an independent sport, TV and film production company, has announced it has entered into a partnership with Gfinity to become its exclusive production partner.

The deal confirms Noah Media Group as the sole producer of the next two seasons of the Gfinity Elite Series; the professional esports tournament where some of the world's best professional teams compete for their share of the £250,000 prize pool in front of a live audience at the Gfinity Esports Arena in west London.

Copa90 expands Soccer United Marketing deal

COPA90, a multi-platform soccer media business specialising in creating fan-first video content, has announced an expansion of their content partnership with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Major League Soccer’s commercial arm.

Building upon its partnership, COPA90 will become a preferred media partner of SUM as the two companies collaborate on new content formats, including bilingual content focused on the Mexican National Team, CONCACAF Champions League and Major League Soccer.


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