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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s deal this week to cover 20 games from the inaugural season of the Canadian Premier League will provide the seven-team start-up league with much-needed visibility a…
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Bob Williams speaks to Chris Benyarko, the NBA's senior vice-president of direct to consumer, about the league's manifold micro-payments initiatives.

Mediapro’s February deal with Canadian Soccer Business involves a moderate degree of financial risk for the Spanish company but the potential gains are substantial.
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In honour of Super Bowl LIII, SportBusiness Consulting has updated its USA market focus – part of the 2018 SportBusiness Consulting Global Media Report – and made it freely available.
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MLS team's commercial prospects given ‘dramatic overhaul’ by move to $400m stadium Mixed-use development with sportsbook planned to capitalise on sports betting legislation E
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Endeavor Group Holdings, the parent company of the IMG agency and mixed martial arts promotion the UFC, has filed for an initial public offering in a move that had long been mooted by the sports industry
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FanDuel, the fantasy sports, bookmaker and gaming company, has announced a multi-faceted partnership with OTT streaming service fuboTV
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Ahead of the new WNBA season beginning May 24, the Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty completed new local TV deals
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The United States Golf Association has launched a new OTT app that will deliver content from its various championships

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Facebook has finally emerged as a major player in the global sports rights-market Acquisition strategy is highly targeted, with India and Latin America among priorities

A whirlwind six months for US boxing have seen five major media-rights deals agreed from May to October this year, setting up a four-way battle for supremacy between platforms from 2019 onward
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ESPN's deal with IMG for rights to Serie A and the FA Cup has shown how US sports broadcasters are desperate not to be left without premium European football on their platforms.
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DAZN has agreed two more combat sports deals since its joint venture with Matchroom Boxing, but all three deals contain clauses that would allow the Perform-owned streaming platform to quickly shift its content strategy

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Telemundo’s deal for Spanish-language rights to the 2019 Copa América ensures most matches will be shown free-to-air in the US – a key consideration for MP & Silva and Conmebol ahead of sponsorship sales around the tournament

SportBusiness International spoke to leaders representing Europe's top three courses about how they are staying ahead of their rivals from across the continent.

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Doubling up with ESPN will earn the Ultimate Fighting Championship $300m (€258m) per year from media-rights sales from 2019 to 2023 – a good result given the absence of aggressive bidding from incumbent Fox.

Uefa has earned a decent increase in the value of its club competition rights in Canada via a deal with Perform-owned streaming platform DAZN.

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The ‘$1bn’ joint venture between the Perform Group and Matchroom Boxing does not guarantee either company that amount in revenue. But the headline number does signal how much the joint venture is willing to spend on attracting top-level fighters

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has completed the first of its US non-pay-per-view deals from 2019, selling exclusive rights to a package of 15 events to media group Disney

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Extending and expanding its deal for ATP World Tour 1000 and 500 rights should secure Tennis Channel’s position against the growing sports-rights ambitions of Amazon

Perform-owned OTT platform DAZN has acquired exclusive Commonwealth Games rights in Canada as it bids to widen its subscriber base by adding more locally-relevant content.

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Fox’s acquisition of broadcast rights to the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package is the first step in the US media group’s rebuilding project after many of its assets were sold to Disney.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has renewed its National Hockey League sublicensing deal on more favourable terms, TV Sports Markets understands.

Uefa is hoping the improved fees and ratings secured by Major League Soccer in Canada indicate a rising tide of football interest that will lift the value of its Champions League and Europa League rights, which went on sale last month.