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Sports: Virtual fans for La Liga; DAZN bags EPL in Spain; Championship clubs to stream remaining matches; Tennis number 1 Djokovic slams ‘impossible’ US Open; beIN Sports agrees Top Rank boxing deal

Spain’s La Liga, which will be the second major European football league to resume following the coronavirus pandemic, has revealed a number of new broadcast experiences for when it restarts this week. The league said that there will be two main innovations: virtualisation of stands and fan audio, and new camera positions. Both measures will […]

Premier League reportedly reaches £170 million deferment agreement with Sky Sports

Ahead of the English Premier League’s planned restart on June 17, the league has reportedly secured an agreement with Sky Sports to defer payments in excess of £170 million until 2021. There had initially been fears that the clubs in the league were facing a broadcast bill of £36 million per week but this should […]

NENT Group and Sky Sports to resume billing customers in June

With sports events around Europe beginning to restart, both Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) and Sky have said that they will resume billing customers for their sports packages. Both NENT and Sky made moves to placate customers as the sports world ground to a halt in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. NENT […]

Serie A demands outstanding payments from broadcasters

Italy’s Serie A has demanded the final installment in payments from broadcast rights holders for the currently suspended season. According to Reuters, Sky Italia, DAZN and sports agency IMG are being called on to pay an outstanding total of around €220 million as the final installment of the season. A statement from the league said: […]

Premier League clubs facing bill of £36 million per week in broadcast refunds

The bill facing Premier League clubs upon the season’s planned resumption has been laid bare by a new report. According to The Daily Telegraph, clubs in the league will have to pay broadcast partners an additional £36 million for every week the 2019/20 season extends beyond July 16. This is on top of a £330 […]

Almost half of the remaining Premier League matches could be free-to-air

The English Premier League could make a large portion of the season available for free when it resumes. At a meeting last week, the premier league reiterated its intention to play out the remaining 92 games of the season, with a scheme dubbed ‘project restart’ eyeing a June 8 return. As a part of that […]

Inaugural ePremierLeague Invitational nets 150 million viewers

The English Premier League’s inaugural ePremierLeague Invitational proved a hit with viewers, attracting more than 150 million viewers. According to Nielsen Sports, the final between Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Diogo Jota attracted three million viewers on Facebook and 394,000 viewers on YouTube. Overall, interest in the esports competition dramatically increased by 275% from […]

Sky allows customers to pause sports subscription during pandemic

Comcast-owned Sky will give residential customers an option to pause their sports subscriptions while the coronavirus has effectively brought the sporting world to a halt. The operator also announced that it has stopped billing its commercial clients (i.e. pubs, bars, sports clubs, and other establishments) as of March 14. It said that it will only […]

English FA ‘likely’ to suspend 3pm blackout rules in face of Coronavirus

The English FA is likely to suspend its broadcast blackout of matches kicking off between 2:45 and 5:15pm on Saturdays should Coronavirus cause games to be played behind closed doors. The legislation has historically been in place as a means of protecting attendance of football matches, but the Times reports that the FA will relax […]

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