Industry Shorts: R&A, ATP, Sky Sports, SKINS…

27 Feb 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The R&A has launched a new website for The Open Championship with support from digital agency Delete.

The refreshed website aims to offer the best experience of the tournament for fans following the action in person at Royal Portrush along with millions more around the world.

Key launch features will include an extensive hub of broadcast content, as well as enhanced player profiles, a streamlined ticketing journey, mobile-friendly interaction and new features such as ‘The Road To The Open.’

A second phase of the website development will be launched in July 2019 to coincide with the Championship’s staging in Northern Ireland.

The ATP and ATP Media have announced Monday 4th March 2019 as the launch date of the tender process for the sale of the international media rights to the inaugural ATP Cup.

The new annual team event on the men’s professional circuit will make its first appearance in the ATP tennis calendar in the first week of the 2020 season, taking place in Australia from Friday 3rd January until Sunday 12th January 2020.

The ATP has confirmed that the international broadcast content for the tournament will be fully produced by ATP Media, in conjunction with Tennis Australia as Host Broadcaster.

From Monday until 18th April 2019, rights packages will be open for bids around specific broadcast requirements, including single or multi-territory bids, as well as rights across linear, digital, OTT and VOD.

Deals will be based around a minimum three-year contract and with ATP Media managing the bid process for international rights, a decision on the bids is expected on 29th April 2019.

NBC Sports Network has confirmed that it’s to add Sky Sports News to its programming schedule in the US for one hour every weekday.

The Comcast-owned US network will begin programming from its UK sister channel from Friday 1st March, filling the weekday slot between 11am EST until noon.

The move follows NBCSN's six-hour simulcast last month of Sky Sports News’ Transfer Deadline Day and will give the UK sports channel a regular slot on US television for the first time since 2013.

UK-based digital television channel FreeSports has acquired the rights to the Coupe de France football competition, bringing the tournament free-to-air exposure to UK audiences.

FreeSports coverage of competition began yesterday with the quarter-final tie between holders Paris Saint Germain and fellow Ligue 1 side Dijon FCO.

It was also confirmed that UK viewers will be able to follow the Coupe de France semi-finals and final live on FreeSports.

The UK arm of compression sportswear manufacturer SKINS is searching for a new buyer after the Australian-based firm entered administration.

SKINS Founder Jamie Fuller filed for bankruptcy and entered a formal insolvency procedure in Switzerland last month.

SKINS' UK company, SKINS Services Limited, which trades in both the UK and France, is prevented from continuing to sell products after joint administrators Nicholas Parsk and Louise Brittain of Wilkins Kennedy were appointed on 15th February 2019.

Parsk commented: “At this stage, we are still gathering information to formulate our proposals to creditors. However, it has been necessary to make the Company’s employees redundant and we are working to support them and realise the assets of the Company.”