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DAZN in the cold as BT Sport opts for JV with Discovery

BT Group has this morning revealed that it has entered ‘exclusive discussions’ with Discovery Inc to create a new sports broadcasting joint-venture for UK audiences.  The update sees BT counter news reports that OTT platform DAZN, had won the bid to acquire its UK sports media rights, taking control of BT Sport’s Premier League and UEFA Champions League content.    Dealmakers …

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DAZN comes close to acquiring BT Sport and its Premier League rights

DAZN is closing on a deal to buy BT Sport, as the streaming service has now opened talks with the Premier League to seek its approval, according to The Times. With a deal in place until 2025, England football’s top-flight league is currently the broadcasters main TV rights partner, and therefore must give consent to the acquisition whilst also gaining …

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DCMS allows Premier League to settle UK broadcast rights unchallenged

DCMS will allow the Premier League to renew its current broadcast agreements, without the mandatory requirement of undertaking a tender process for rights. The decision has been granted by DCMS to guarantee that funding remains consistent across all levels of the football pyramid, as the Premier League serves as the main benefactor of youth development, grassroots football academy and community …

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DAZN appoints Ian Turnbull to oversee sports betting operations

Subscription sports streaming service DAZN has appointed former Entain executive Ian Turnbull as its new EVP of Betting and Gaming, as the firm looks to increase its engagement with the sector.  Turnbull’s career in the betting and gaming space saw him work as Microgaming’s Services Director, and most prominently as Head of B2B at Entain – prior to its rebrand …

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LiveScore makes TV commercial debut featuring Ronaldo

LiveScore has launched its first television commercial (TVC), ‘More Than A Score’, featuring Juventus and Portugal national team striker Cristiano Ronaldo. Broadcasting the advert throughout the 2021/22 season, LiveScore intends to reach over 75% of UK football fans and more than 95% of ‘serious’ supporters, with the commercial featuring in premium spots including centre breaks with additional support from OOH …

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Serie A secures UK coverage with BT Sport deal

Italy’s Serie A will be covered on BT Sport in the UK, following a deal between the league and the subscription-broadcaster. The three-season contract will see BT Sport conduct live broadcasts of all Italian top-flight matches until 2024, beginning on 21 August. Every match will be broadcast on the opening round of fixtures, whilst at least five live games shown …

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Big Step extends call for gambling ad ban to England semi-final

The Big Step campaign has written to ITV bosses ahead of the UEFA 2020 European Championship semi-final clash between England and Denmark, calling for no gambling advertising to be shown. Citing the fact that it is estimated that over 20 million people across the UK watch the England national team, including many children, the campaign – an initiative of the …

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ITV: Euro 2020 gambling advertising ‘will be significantly reduced’

ITV has responded to the calls from Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Ronnie Cowan to suspend gambling advertising during the upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championships. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster ran 172 betting-related ads throughout its coverage, whilst over £2.3 billion was wagered in the UK on the tournament. In its statement, ITV detailed: “The …

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Government ‘currently minded’ to approve Premier League rights renewal

The UK government is reviewing the Premier League’s principal agreements with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport for the £4.5 billion renewal of its existing media rights deal. The three-year extension, which runs from the 2022/23 campaign to the end of the 2024/25 season, requires the government’s approval to be rectified with the Competition Act 1998 …

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Big Step campaign calls for Euro 2020 gambling ad suspension

A group of 60 gambling law reform advocates have joined the Big Step campaign in calling for a suspension of gambling advertising during this summer’s UEFA European Football Championship. An initiative of the Gambling with Lives charity, the Big Step has detailed its suggestions in a letter to several broadcasters and media outlets covering television, radio and online verticals, including …

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