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World Snooker extends with Sportradar

World Snooker has announced the renewal of its official data partnership with Sportradar, extending its relationship that started in 2010.

In a multi-year extension, Sportradar, which is the official data partner for a wide range of other major sports right owners, including NFL, NBA, ITF and ESL, will continue to manage official data from the leading snooker events to reach fans across devices, platforms and countries.

Social Chain Group acquires The Football Republic

The Social Chain Group has acquired The Football Republic (TFR) from FremantleMedia.

The deal will see TFR’s brands such as The Full Time Devils become a part of Media Chain - The Social Chain Group’s social media publishing house.

According to The Social Chain Group, the acquisition will increase Media Chain’s sport network reach by more than 2.5 million, taking the company’s global sport network to over 17 million followers, adding to the SPORF network.

BBC renews Premier League highlights deal

The BBC has renewed its Premier League highlights deal for a further three years, with the free to air broadcaster now set to continue to show highlights from the top flight until at least 2022.

The deal is reportedly worth £211.5m, slightly up from the current £204m. 

As well as Match of the Day on Saturday evenings, the new deal also includes the Sunday morning Match of the Day repeat, MOTD2, Football Focus, as well as the midweek magazine show The Premier League Show through to and including the 2021/22 season.

WSL signs landmark Facebook deal

World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook have announced a partnership that makes the social media platform the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019.

The deal includes all elite men's and women's Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

Liberty Media appoints agencies for F1 media rights

Formula One owner Liberty Media has appointed Wavemaker and Brainlabs to run its respective traditional and digital media accounts following a competitive review.

Former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone had previously handled media-buying himself.

However, the $40m account went up for review last year in a process run by marketing performance analyst Oystercatchers, following Liberty Media’s £6bn acquisition of the brand from CVC Capital Partners.

Getty Images joins Winter Olympics

Getty Images has announced it will be capturing the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games with an elite roster of specialist sports photographers, with over 80 sports photographers, photo editors and support staff covering 102 Winter Olympic sports. 

Throughout the Games, the team will upload more than 2,000 images per day to

Facebook set to appoint Eurosport chief for live push

Facebook is set to appoint Eurosport chief executive Peter Hutton to lead the network’s push into live sports streaming, according to a report in The Guardian.

The widely-reported story claims Hutton will take up a role as head of live sport at the social media giant following the completion of Eurosport’s Winter Olympic coverage, taking place next month in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Sky Sports to show more women’s cricket

Sky Sports is set to broadcast its biggest ever summer of women’s cricket, as part of an increased line-up of women’s sport in 2018, and has also retained rights to golf's first major championship, the Masters. 

Sky Sports will show 12 matches from the Kia Super League – nearly double the amount from last year - in addition to England women’s return to action against South Africa and New Zealand.

 Kindred & Betfilter launch gambling adblocker

Kindred Group (previously Unibet Group) has teamed up with Betfilter, who provide a tool blocking access to online gambling sites, to help prevent people under the age of 18 from being exposed to gambling advertisements.

Kindred has worked with Betfilter over the past year to help fund the development of the new social responsibility tool called AdBlocker, which will be available across all markets. The new tool can be installed on all devices where the user wants gambling ads to be blocked.


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