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Sky Sports Racing bags Ascot rights

Ascot Racecourse has agreed a deal that will see all 25 of its annual fixtures broadcast on the new Sky Sports Racing channel from 2019.

As part of the arrangement, Sky’s At The Races will also manage UK streaming for remote UK betting outlets.

The agreement, which will run until at least 2021, adds to Sky Sports Racing’s growing international rights portfolio.

Murray joins BBC pundit team

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has confirmed he will join the BBC’s expert team of pundits and commentators at Wimbledon 2018.

Murray, absent from this year’s event after failing to recover sufficient match fitness following a serious hip operation, confirmed the move on social media, saying: “Live in the BBC studio tomorrow with Tim Henman and trying my hand at commentary on Wednesday.... what could possibly go wrong... ”

Murray is set to join Sue Barker and Tim Henman in the studio, before making his BBC commentary debut for one of the quarter-final matches.

Nearly 24m watch Lions roar

A peak audience of 23.8 million people tuned in to watch England beat Colombia during Tuesday evening’s FIFA World Cup match, according to overnight figures.

The viewing figures gave broadcaster ITV an 81% share of the available audience, with more people tuning in to watch the England win their first World Cup penalty shoot-out ever.

The final moments of the match, which saw Tottenham’s Eric Dier put away the winning penalty, was the most watched five minutes of television since the London 2012 closing ceremony.

IBM AI to speed-edit Wimbledon clips

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to play a role in curating highlights footage at this year’s Wimbledon Championships, with the help of the tournament's long-term official digital partner IBM.

For the first time, the global technology giant plans to deploy its Watson AI platform to analyse the emotions of players on court.

The data will be combined with other inputs including movement tracking, crowd noise and match data to identify and edit the best footage.

England World Cup match tops 14m

England’s FIFA World Cup campaign continues to pull in huge television audiences, with Sunday’s 6-1 victory over Panama reaching a peak audience of over 14 million viewers, as well as a further 2.8 million via iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

It follows the opening group game against Tunisia, which reached an average audience of 13.7 million, and peaked at 18.3 million during the closing minutes.

An average of just under 10 million viewers were watching BBC1 during their World Cup coverage of England v Panama.

Sky Sports secures athletics rights

Athletics World Cup Ltd has appointed Sky Sports as host broadcaster of the Athletics World Cup, to be hosted at the London Stadium on 14th and 15th July.

The Athletics World Cup features the world’s top eight athletics nations - USA, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa - and sees all track events up to and including the 1500m take place alongside all field events.

The competition comprises two evenings of straight-final action, with one nation lifting the Athletics World Cup ‘Platinum Trophy’.

Yahoo launches 'The 32' for World Cup

Yahoo Sport UK will bring football fans closer to the World Cup in Russia this summer with a daily video series presented by sports journalist and broadcaster Reshmin Chowdhury and broadcaster ​Toby Tarrant.

‘​The 32​’ will stream live ​on the Yahoo Sport app and yahoo.co.uk from 8.30am every match day during the tournament in Russia. The series will also be available to fans around the world via Yahoo’s international editions. Each episode will be available immediately following the live show to stream online or via the Yahoo Sport app.

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.

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