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Twitch expands RFL deal to cover 1895 Cup

The Rugby Football League (RFL) has partnered with online streaming service Twitch to deliver coverage of the 1895 Cup knockout competition.

The link-up continues Twitch’s support of RFL competitions, with the company having previously streamed three Women’s Super League (WSL) fixtures and the Academy Origin series between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Twitch will also show the remaining two matches of the Academy Origin series, as well as more WSL games and ties from all rounds of the 1895 Cup. It will share coverage of the 1895 Cup with the RFL’s Our League membership app.

BBC champions women’s sport

The BBC has launched its Change The Game women’s summer of sport campaign, which seeks to celebrate female athletes.

The initiative will include the delivery of more free-to-air women’s sport than ever before across the BBC’s TV, radio and digital platforms this summer.

Specially-commissioned content such as behind-the-scenes television documentaries, iPlayer box sets, podcasts and original journalism will also be showcased.

The Jockey Club - Qipco Guineas Festival

Newmarket Racecourse has staged its first-ever guinea pig race as it prepares for its showpiece Qipco Guineas Festival this weekend.

In a tongue-in-cheek video released by The Jockey Club, Newmarket's Rowley Mile course staged the 'Guineas Two Metres', which was won by 9-4 favourite Too Darn Soft.

The video features ITV racing commentator Richard Hoiles and presenter Ed Chamberlin, who ends the film by inviting viewers to watch the "real thing" this weekend.

Deloitte’s RLWC digital goal

Deloitte has been signed up by Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) 2021 to spearhead the tournament’s digital strategy as part of a sponsorship deal.

As the competition’s official professional services partner, Deloitte will map out a strategy that will focus on “providing a world-class and innovative fan experience”.

For the first time, RLWC 2021 will comprise simultaneous men’s, women’s and wheelchair rugby league tournaments across 21 venues in England.

New Telegraph Women’s Sport to partner with BT Sport Industry Awards 2019

Telegraph Women’s Sport, the first-of-its-kind, multi-platform initiative launched by the Telegraph last month, has been announced as Principal Media Partner of the BT Sport Industry Awards 2019.

The agreement will provide Telegraph Women’s Sport (TWS) with exclusive editorial opportunities and visibility around the Battersea Evolution venue as well as access to the sporting stars and senior industry figures in attendance.

SailGP reveals remote production tech

SailGP, the new harbour-based sailing league for national teams, has revealed how 1,200 sensors and state-of-the-art drone technology underpinned an ambitious remote production strategy for the series’ inaugural event in February.

SailGP – billed as a disruptive series that will boast “bold, cutting-edge technology” with in-shore racing featuring F50 catamarans that can travel at more than 60 miles per hour – used the production techniques to support its world feed for media partners covering 91 territories worldwide.

Harlequins and ESPN launch content partnership

Harlequins has announced a strategic content partnership with Disney-owned sports media company ESPN.

The agreement is designed to provide both parties with the opportunity to engage new audiences, driving brand awareness through the distribution of exclusive and non-exclusive content across respective channels.

The brands plan to work together to “co-create and amplify unique content” based around Harlequins talent.

BT Sport to screen every IPL game

BT Sport has revealed plans to broadcast every game in the 2019 VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) live across its platforms, after securing a late agreement with tournament owner Star.

Coverage began at the weekend as the new edition of the Twenty20 spectacular got underway in Chennai – a match screened live on BT Sport ESPN.

BT Sport is using the tournament to showcase its new large-screen app, which enables live streaming in full HD 1080p, without the need for a set-top box, on Xbox, Samsung TV and Apple TV.

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