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ESPN extends FA Cup rights in US

ESPN has reached an agreement with the English Football Association (FA) for the media rights to the Emirates FA Cup in the US for the next four seasons, 2024-’25 through 2027-’28. The agreement extends ESPN+’s position as the exclusive home of 79 Emirates FA Cup matches each season, beginning with the First Round and running […]

May 22, 2024

US sports streamer JV named Venu Sports

Pete Distad, CEO of the forthcoming sports streaming platform being built through the joint venture created by ESPN, FOX and Warner Bros Discovery, has unveiled the future brand identity for the service. “We are excited to officially introduce Venu Sports, a brand that we feel captures the spirit of an all-new streaming home where sports […]

May 17, 2024By Colin Mann

Research: DFW sports bundle set to dent pay-TV subs

Research from Aluma Insights finds that pay-TV subscribers are far more inclined than non-subscribers to sign up for the Disney/ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros Discovery (DFW) sports bundle when it launches. One-in-five US pay-TV subscribers are at least moderately inclined to sign up for the DFW bundle, double the rate of those without pay TV. […]

May 15, 2024

Disney+ adds 6.3m subs in Q2

The Walt Disney Company has reported Q2 revenues increased to $22.1 billion (€20.5bn) from $21.8 billion in the prior-year quarter. Disney’s Entertainment Direct-to-Consumer business was profitable in Q2. While Disney said it was expecting softer Entertainment DTC results in Q3 to be driven by Disney+ Hotstar, it continues to expect its combined streaming businesses to […]

May 7, 2024

Record broadcasters for 150th Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, takes place on May 4th where the most promising three-year-old thoroughbreds come together to compete for a $5 million purse. Celebrating its 150th anniversary at Churchill Downs Racetrack, this monumental occasion, which marks the first leg of the US Triple Crown, has secured global recognition with more broadcasters […]

May 2, 2024

ESPN BET opens first retail sportsbook

Hollywood Casino at Greektown has unveiled its new ESPN BET branded sportsbook and restaurant on the upper floor of the 100,000-square-foot Downtown Detroit casino in the US. This sportsbook is the first ESPN BET branded retail location to open across PENN Entertainment’s portfolio of properties. The ESPN BET sportsbook and restaurant offers guests approximately 4,500 […]

April 25, 2024

Court date set for Fubo’s antitrust lawsuit

A preliminary injunction hearing in Fubo’s antitrust lawsuit against a new US sports streaming platform from ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros Discovery has been scheduled for August 7th at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Fubo filed its lawsuit against the as-yet unnamed service back in February, alleging that the […]

April 22, 2024

ESPN’s Sunday Night MLB opener viewing up 17%

Viewership in the US for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball – Major League Baseball’s (MLB) marquee national game of the week – started up 17 per cent from last year, according to Nielsen. The St Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers game averaged 1,821,000 viewers on March 31st, peaking with 2,360,000 viewers at 9:45pm ET. The […]

April 2, 2024

Distad named CEO of ESPN/Fox/WBD sports streamer

Pete Distad has been named CEO of the soon-to-launch sports streaming service from ESPN, Fox and Warner Bros Discovery. Distad, who most recently served as an executive at Apple for a decade following six years at Hulu, will assume oversight of all aspects of the joint venture, including overall strategy, distribution, marketing, sales and more. […]

March 15, 2024

TAG: Record certifications for 2024

TAG (Trustworthy Accountability Group), the global certification programme to strengthen safety and transparency in digital advertising, has awarded a record 321 TAG certifications to companies for setting industry best practices around fraud, brand safety, malware and transparency. In addition, a record 32 companies reached TAG Platinum status by achieving three or more seals in 2024, […]

March 5, 2024