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Volume 7 No. 149
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Media Notes; IMG Acquires EPL Rights In Central, Eastern Europe & Central Asia

IMG was awarded live broadcast rights for the Premier League for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The deal for the '19-22 seasons covers the rights in Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (IMG). 

German sports broadcaster Sport1 will close down Sport1 US, its thematic channel for fans of U.S. sports, on Jan. 24. New esports channel eSports1, which will launch on the same day, will take over the channel’s slots, a Sport1 spokesman confirmed (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 11/29).

World Rugby women's sevens player of the year Michaela Blyde is "lamenting the lack" of TV coverage for the World Series. The Black Ferns started their second tournament of the Sevens Series in Dubai on Thursday, but it will not be televised in full in New Zealand. Blyde said that when their games are not televised, it "could be hard for people in New Zealand to support them" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 11/29).

Snack Media was appointed by London Pulse Netball to oversee the running of its social media for the club's first year in the Netball Superleague. The club, which plays home matches at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, will be the only netball team from the capital in the top division in the U.K. (Snack Media).