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Motorsport Network appoints former Goal.com Editor in Chief

Motorsport Network has appointed former Goal Global Editor in Chief James Dickens as its new VP of Editorial.

In his previous role, Dickens oversaw the global publisher’s content strategy, targeting a worldwide audience of football fans with a focus on the biggest players, teams and competitions. He joined Goal in 2018, having previously been Head of Sport at Yahoo.

WWE stars cross London as they 'move' to BT Sport

BT Sport has launched its new coverage of WWE with a ‘Moving Day’ event held in London.

The broadcaster sealed the rights to screen the wrestling series late in 2019, with the first episodes of RAW and Smackdown aired in early January. The deal also includes the rights to the series’ NXT and NXT UK products, as well as the bigger PPV events, which will be screened on BT Sport Box Office.

WWE’s move to BT ended a 30-year relationship between the brand and Sky Sports, who previously screened the series and its PPV events in the UK.

Comcast launches sport startup accelerator

Comcast will invest more than $15 million in a new accelerator to bring its media properties, including Sky Sports, and sports league partners such as NASCAR together with emerging marketing, media and technology companies.

The initial investment is in a programme called SportsTech, based in Atlanta, Georgia, which will look at eight categories such as innovations in fan engagement, events and venues, esports, and betting.

Man City first to launch YouTube Kids channel

Manchester City have become the first football club to launch a dedicated channel on YouTube Kids, a product created by the video sharing platform to give children a safer way to explore videos online.

Hosting a range of children’s content, the club’s new channel will feature behind-the-scenes videos as well as a weekly magazine show entitled ‘Xtra Time’ which will discuss club news both on and off the pitch. Match highlights and bespoke short-form content aimed at children under 12 will also be present on the new account. 

European Tour launches eTour

The European Tour has joined forces with esports firm DreamHack Sports Games to create the first ever European eTour.

The inaugural European eTour will consist of six events, each taking place alongside European Tour events throughout 2020 and players will compete through mobile golf game World Golf Tour by Topgolf.

The European eTour begins in January at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, and will culminate at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai from November 19th-22nd 2020.

Pitch to distribute WSL broadcasts

The FA has appointed Pitch International as the global broadcast distributor of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (WSL).

Pitch was appointed by the FA after a tender process, and will be the exclusive global rights distributor for the competition outside of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The UK-based agency will be tasked with building on the 13 overseas territories in which the league is already broadcast.

Jump create Eurovision's IBU titles

UK-based design agency Jump has been commissioned by Eurovision Sport and the International Biathlon Union to produce a new onscreen design package for the 2019/20 biathlon season.

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Jump, the official graphics supplier to the Sport Industry Awards, has worked with character animation specialist Nick Savy, who hand-animated bespoke movement to achieve the specific Biathlon style of skiing which will feature in the package.

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