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WWE, Facebook Partner For New Streaming In-Ring Competition

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 14 / 17

WWE reached an agreement with Facebook to develop a new in-ring competition, the Mixed Match Challenge, that will stream live exclusively on the social media platform beginning Jan. 16. The weekly series, airing on Tuesday nights for 12 weeks in 20-minute episodes, involves a mixed tag-team pro wres...

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World Team Cup Could Start In 2019

The World Team Cup, a men's tennis event "offering high prize money and ranking points," could begin as soon as Jan. '19, sources said following meetings between tennis stakeholders in N.Y. this week, according to Simon Cambers of REUTERS. According to two sources familiar with the discussions, ...

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'Borg/McEnroe' Kicks Off Festival

A tale of real-life rivalry on the tennis court kicked off the Toronto Int'l Film Festival on Thursday "in a scaled-back line-up of movies that focus on tales of survival amid chaos," according to Sharp & Arsenault of REUTERS. “Borg/McEnroe” stars Shia LaBeouf as "fiery" U.S. tennis ...

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Brothers Sell UFC Stakes At $5B Valuation

Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who sold most of their stakes in UFC at a $4B valuation last summer, have "now fully divested from the business," according to Noah Kirsch of FORBES. The brothers sold their remaining equity -- about 5.8% between them -- last month to WME-IMG, which acquired the company i ...

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América Móvil Sells Stake In Liga MX Clubs

América Móvil, the largest mobile phone operator in Latin America, chaired by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said on Wednesday that it reached an agreement to sell its 30% stake in a group of Mexican football clubs, according to Julia Love of REUTERS. In '12, the telecom bought ...

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Sportflix Disappears From Social Media

The "so-called Netflix of sports," Sportflix, "has disappeared from the social media sphere in which it was so active a couple of weeks ago" while it is under investigation for alleged piracy, according to Juan Fernandez Gonzalez of RAPID TV NEWS. Since last week, Mexico’s Instituto de Pr ...

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Media Notes

Amazon extended the sports offer on its OTT platform Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria  "with the addition of Sport1 US and EDGEsport." Sport1 US shows U.S. sports like the NBA, NHL and MLB, while new channel EDGEsport "targets the fans of action and extreme sports." Sport1 costs € ...

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ICC Organizer Expects U.S. To Win WC Bid

Relevent Sports Chair Charlie Stillitano, whose group runs the Int'l Champions Cup, believes only a "crazy action" by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration could prevent the U.S.-led joint bid with Canada and Mexico from "winning the right to stage" the 2026 World Cup, according to the PA. ...

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Stillitano Wants To Host EPL Match

The man behind the Int'l Champions Cup said that his promotions company "wants to host Premier League matches" in the U.S., according to Mani Djazmi of the BBC. Relevent Sports Chair Charlie Stillitano said that "the success of exporting NFL games to England has not gone unnoticed" by American owner ...

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Bouchard On Main Court Despite Lawsuit

The U.S. Tennis Association put Wednesday's Evgeniva Rodina-Eugenie Bouchard match at Arthur Ashe Stadium despite the fact Bouchard is "suing the organization for negligence," according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. Bouchard, after losing to Rodina, said that she was "surprised" by the move. The USTA ...

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IBM Renews US Open Tennis Deal

IBM renewed its US Open sponsorship for five years and announced a series of artificial intelligence initiatives tied to the tennis event under the banner of its new business unit, Watson Media. The core of the effort is cognitive highlights, which identify the matches' most important moments by ana ...

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