Quote of the Day

"With soccer you always lose. If you don't buy it, you lose subscribers; if you do, you lose money for the investment you have to make."
-- Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi, on the broadcaster's strategic move away from expensive sports rights. (REUTERS, 7/6)
Friday July 7, 2017 Vol. 6 — No. 18 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • A New Model

    Mediaset expects revenues and subscriber numbers at its pay-TV unit to "continue falling this year" but profit margins to "improve as it shifts to an on-demand business model," top execs said, according to Giancarlo Navach of REUTERS. The pay-TV unit, Premium, "has struggled to make a return on its large investments" in Champions League and Serie A matches, and has been "losing market share to its major competitor," Sky. It now wants to move to a strategy that "relies less on such expensive, premium sporting content."

  • Cutting Ties

    Head drops Tomic sponsorship over player's comments after Wimbledon loss.

  • Social Climbers

    Facebook, Twitter, Shapchat in market for World Cup hightlights.

  • China's Wunderkind

    Werder Bremen adds marketing muscle with Chinese transfer Zhang Yuning.

  • The Ground Up

    Allianz Stadium faces total rebuild over safety issues.

  • Prime Time

    Amazon signs three-year deal to sponsor France's National Basketball League.

  • Financial Pain

    Cricket Australia faces $46M penalty if India tour is called off.

  • Doubles Trouble

    Wimbledon prize money dispute grows after players who quit show up for doubles.

  • Strange Bedfellows

    Rivals Flamengo, Fluminense team up to find replacement for Maracanã.

  • Filling Seats

    Richmond Tigers lead the way as AFL enjoys "booming" attendance.

  • Hangin' With ...

    ... Ben Sturner, founder & CEO of Leverage Agency.

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