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21st Century Fox Denies Bribery Allegations By Former Marketing Exec Alejandro Burzaco

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 17 / 17

21st Century Fox denied a government witness' "allegation that its sports division paid bribes" to win TV rights for int'l football tournaments, according to Patricia Hurtado of BLOOMBERG. Fox said in a statement that it "had no operational control of the business" that a former sports marketin...

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10/24/17
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The National Rugby League partnered with Fox Sports Australia via a direct-to-consumer int'l streaming product, to be known as Watch NRL . The new int'l streaming service will be available for round one of the '18 NRL season. Fans will also be able to view the State of Origin Series, Australian ...

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10/23/17
NZ Rules Against Free-To-Air Major Sports

New Zealand's Labour Party ruled "no-deal on the possibility of free-to-air All Blacks' tests" or other major national sporting events, according to Stacey Kirk of STUFF. NZ First leader Winston Peters earlier this year said that a law change to provide free-to-air rugby "would be the price of NZ Fi ...

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10/23/17
F1 In Talks With Netflix

Formula 1 "could be set to team up with Netflix," according to GMM. Germany's Welt newspaper reported Liberty Media is "in talks with the internet company," with a deal that "has the potential to revolutionize how F1 is broadcast." F1 Managing Dir, Commercial Operations Sean Bratches said, "Lib ...

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10/23/17
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Eurosport agreed to a three-season deal to screen Formula E in Europe from '17-18. The broadcaster will hold exclusive and sub-licensing rights in all markets except the U.K. and Italy, where Eurosport holds non-exclusive rights, "with some rights being sub-licensed to free-to-air media partners ...

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10/20/17
ESPN, FourFourTwo, Guardian Team Up

The media sales teams of ESPN, FourFourTwo and the London Guardian are "partnering to offer advertisers a joint ad proposition" for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to Matthew Chapman of CAMPAIGN LIVE. Advertisers will be offered the ability to reach "up to 26.5 million unique users per calen ...

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10/20/17
Perform Group Acquires Scout7

Seeking to bolster its "football data dynamics," sports media firm Perform Group acquired Scout7, a specialist software provider for professional football technologies "focusing on athlete scouting, performance and monitoring," according to Ted Menmuir of SBC NEWS. The financial details of the acqui ...

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10/20/17
Australian Open Renews With IQiyi

Having been a partner with Tennis Australia since '13 in China, Chinese livestreaming platform iQiyi jointly announced with the Australian governing body of tennis that their cooperation has been extended until '21, according to YUTANG. This renewal will allow iQiyi to "broadcast the next four editi ...

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10/20/17
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The Tour de France 's official presentation of the 2018 Tour attracted 18 million total views on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The event was responsible for 350,000 video views via streams of the presentation on Facebook and Dailymotion ( Tour de France ).  The German Ski Association ...

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10/19/17
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Eurosport and Snapchat reached a strategic advertising and content agreement for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, providing Olympic action to Snapchatters across Europe through professionally-curated content on Snap's Discover platform. It marks the first time Snap has committed to a European, ...

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10/19/17
Volvo Ocean Race Announces Broadcasters

The Volvo Ocean Race and global distribution agency Sunset+Vine announced their initial list of broadcast partners in advance of this year's race, which starts on Sunday. Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Samsung will provide race content, while Spain (TVE/Teledeporte), Portugal (RTP), Brazil (TV Brasil) ...

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