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Pay-television broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks has finalised an extension and expansion to its rights deal in the Indian subcontinent with US-based wrestling organisation WWE, securing exclusive access…

ESPN has moved up the release date for its highly anticipated 10-part documentary series The Last Dance from June to a new start of April 19 due to widespread viewer demand amid the ongoing sports hiatus.

The YES Network, the regional sports network majority controlled by Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, live tweeted commentary of classic Yankees games, the latest effort to create new programming a…

Ice Cube’s Big3 basketball league is partnering with media production company Endemol to create a planned reality show basketball tournament amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

US-based media group Discovery has borrowed $500m (€456.9m) under its credit facility as it seeks to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fox Sports has reached an agreement with Nascar to broadcast the remainder of the US stock car racing series's new esports competition, the eNascar iRacing Pro Invitational Series

World Wrestling Entertainment has announced it is offering free access for a month to subscription digital product WWE Network

US sports-focused streaming service and channel aggregator fuboTV is to merge with FaceBank Group, a celebrity and sports-focused virtual entertainment company

Monumental Sports and Entertainment has partnered with regional sports network NBC Sports Washington to broadcast esports simulations of previously-scheduled Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards …

Formula One Management, the commercial rights-holder of Formula One, has rounded out a successful North American rights cycle by increasing its fees in Canada by roughly a fifth, while also earning a healthy rights fee in the US.
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US sports broadcaster ESPN has reaffirmed its strategic commitment to football by paying a substantial sum for exclusive rights to the Spanish Copa del Rey knock-out competition.
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Competition to create effective digital offerings in the US drove a hike in value for Uefa’s club competitions for the 2021-22 to 2023-24 cycle. CBS overcame strong opposition to surprise the market in acquiring English-language rights, while Univision renewed its high-performing Spanish-language rights.
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The Bundesliga is taking a calculated gamble in its new US media-rights deal, with ESPN, as despite the huge increase in the rights fee the deal involves a significant reduction in linear television exposure.

US stock car racing series Nascar has reached an agreement with domestic broadcast partner Fox Sports to air its new esports competition, the eNascar iRacing Pro Invitational Series

US-based sports focused streaming services FloSports and FuboTV have revealed the means by which they are attempting to adapt their schedules amid Covid-19, adding they are confident their business models…

ESPN parent company Disney said it is seeing increased user consumption and advertiser interest in its entertainment properties while the US sports industry remains at a standstill due to the ongoing Covid-19…

The National Football League and National Basketball Association announced they will offer free previews of their subscription digital products to fans free of charge amid the absence of any live sports…

With a plethora of linear and digital networks to fill, as well as social media extensions, and no live games in the US happening due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ESPN is grappling with how to maintain a…

Major League Baseball has expanded its international rights deal with ESPN to cover more territories in Europe and Africa

The National Women’s Soccer League has finalised a three-year broadcast deal with CBS Sports and streaming service Twitch.

Streaming platforms Roku and Xumo have both signed distribution agreements in Canada with pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports, allowing them to add the beIN Sports Xtra streaming service to their respective…

In a potentially worrying landmark for the XFL, domestic television ratings for the spring-season American football league fell below the one-million mark for the first time over the weekend

WarnerMedia and CBS Sports, which co-produces coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, said their production plans for the marquee US sports event remain on despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a…

US sports-focused streaming service fuboTV has added NHL Network, MLB Network and MLB Strike Zone to its offering

The PGA Tour has finalised nine-year domestic media rights deals with incumbent rights-holders CBS, the commercial network, and the Comcast-owned NBC Sports Group, while agreeing a landmark streaming deal…

Football in the US is facing a unique opportunity to grow in the country now due to the proliferation of multiple media platforms for distribution, Concacaf’s chief commercial officer Heidi Pellerano t…

Major League Soccer is partnering with social media platform Facebook to bring highlights packages to Facebook Watch in 2020

The ongoing carriage battle between Sinclair Broadcast Group and YouTube TV has taken another troubled turn as the streaming provider has dropped some Fox regional sports networks controlled by Sinclair,…

NBC Sports said it has sold $1.25bn in US ad sales for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, setting a new record for any broadcaster for the Games

International media company Discovery has opened a new technology hub in the Dutch city of Hilversum to store and distribute live sporting productions. Discovery has invested close to €40m ($44.5

Live events accounted for 71 per cent of all video views during the Olympic Channel’s coverage of the recent Winter Youth Olympic Games in the Swiss city of Lausanne, with viewers' average watch time i…

US network tops 2016 Rio sales with nearly five months to go before Games set to start

Prominent streaming platform and YES Network investor to simulcast local OTA games

Formula One has extended its broadcast deal in Canada with Bell Media's TSN and RDS through the end of the 2024 season

The National Hockey League is expanding its presence in the US sports betting landscape by announcing a streaming partnership with gambling and fantasy sports company FanDuel Group

CBS Sports has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with National Football League announcer Tony Romo that will make him the highest paid TV sports analyst in US history

YouTube TV has agreed to a temporary reprieve in its carriage battle with Sinclair Broadcast Group, keeping Fox regional sports networks on the prominent streaming platform for the time being