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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.

Man United launches YouTube channel

Manchester United has launched its official YouTube channel after a 13-year absence, as it looks to build its brand and commercial income with the world’s biggest video-sharing site.

The new channel will give fans access to official club content for the first time, launching with exclusive features with the Premier League side’s first team players.

Manchester United will reportedly publish stats-rich highlights of Premier League matches and behind-the-scenes content from the first team and academy.

BT Sport continues as home of MotoGP

BT Sport has signed a three-year extension to continue as the exclusive live broadcaster of MotoGP in the UK and Ireland, taking the broadcaster’s partnership through until the end of the 2021 season.

As part of the agreement, MotoGP fans will be able to access every minute of race weekends, with BT Sport broadcasting all 19 Grands Prix, with coverage from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

Sky & BT secure £4.46bn Premier League rights

Sky and BT have finalised deals worth £4.464bn for five of the seven available broadcast packages for Premier League football.

The new agreements cover three seasons starting from 2019/20.

Sky have paid £3.6bn to acquire four packs of rights totalling 128 games a season - up from 126 matches in the last deal – with BT adding the additional package.

The destination of the two final live packages are still yet to be confirmed, with speculation continuing that the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Facebook could be involved for the first time.

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