English football is "facing a challenge" from La Liga over its traditional blackout of televised matches at 3pm on Saturday, according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. La Liga execs said that they are "supporting a bid to stream Spanish games live in Britain on Saturday afternoons." The Premier League protested to the FA, which has "taken the matter up" with UEFA, although it has "yet to lodge an official complaint." Eleven Sports, which holds the British rights for La Liga and Serie A, has "ignored the blackout" on the past two Saturdays and has said that it will "carry on doing so." The Saturday block has been forced by the FA since the '50s and is "designed to protect attendances." La Liga CCO Joris Evers said, "This type of blackout doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It's from a different age. We are aware of what Eleven Sports are doing and generally support them. People are used to watching things whenever and wherever they take place, on whatever devices they like." League Championship side Leeds United Chair Andrea Radrizzani, who owns Eleven Sports, "vowed to keep defying the ban." He said, "The rule should be reconsidered. There are betting websites which are showing the game live while we legitimately paid for the rights but cannot show it, according to law 48." Radrizzani said that he was in discussions with Serie A about showing Italian games during the blackout, too. An FA spokesperson said, "We are aware of the matter and are looking into it through the appropriate channels" (LONDON TIMES, 10/11).
Dugout signed a partnership with the PA to distribute exclusive content gathered by the world’s leading football clubs, according to John McCarthy of THE DRUM. Shadowing teams including Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid, Dugout "will provide the agency with footage including top goals, moments, skills, behind-the-scenes, training and player-led, lifestyle features." The PA will "open up Dugout’s library of over 18,000 videos available to its customer base," which includes publishers, broadcasters and digital brands. The new content stream has been dubbed the "PA Ready" service, which includes multimedia articles, galleries and social-led quizzes daily -- "created to plug directly into publisher sites" (THE DRUM, 10/11).
WWE announced weekly TV series NXT UK will stream on WWE Network on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 17. The episodic series features male and female competitors from the U.K. Its commentators are Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph, with Radzi Chinyanganya joining the NXT UK broadcasting team as backstage interviewer (WWE).
The T10 League announced Sony Pictures Networks India as its official broadcast partner for a three-year period starting with the '18 edition in the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and North Africa. The T10 League, which will run from Nov. 21-Dec. 2 this year, will be shown live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD channels in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in MENA and on streaming digital platform SonyLIV (INDIAN TELEVISION, 10/11).