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SportBusiness International looks into the business models of digital sports networks, set up by rights-holders in association with established digital media operators to supplement traditional TV programming. What are the benefits for rights-holders taking such a step, and what does it tell us about the ever-changing media landscape?

  • Date: 
    1 May 2015

    Delivering programming in two-minute segments, 120 Sports is a live-streaming digital platform whose rights-holder partners include the NHL (National Hockey League) and MLB (Major League Baseball).

  • Date: 
    1 May 2015

    Copa90, run by production company Bigballs Films, was launched in 2012 and currently boasts just under one million subscribers on YouTube. This January Copa90 acquired KICKTV, a similar platform set up in 2012 by Major League Soccer (MLS).

  • Date: 
    1 May 2015

    Skratch TV is a joint-venture between golf’s PGA Tour and digital media company Bedrocket. Formed in February, it is a digital platform that features original and curated daily golf programming.

  • Simon Clegg is COO of the local organising committee for the 2015 European Games in Baku, the inaugural multi-sport event that is Europe's answer to the Pan-American and Asian Games. Elisha Chauhan traveled to Baku last month and spoke to Clegg, the man who helped secure the 2012 Olympic Games for London as British Olympic Association chief executive, to get an update on preparations.

  • Michael Downey, CEO of the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), has had twelve months to find his feet at the top of British tennis having arrived from Tennis Canada. Owen Evans met him at the National Tennis Centre to find out what his blueprint is to make tennis in the UK mean more than just a fortnight of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon once a year.

Daily news summaries

Date: 
28 April 2015

Indian conglomerate the Essel Group has rejected suggestions that its pay-television broadcaster Ten Sports is making preparations to launch a breakaway international cricket organisation, although the Mumbai-based company confirmed that it does have global ambitions in the sport.

  • Date: 
    28 April 2015

    The Lawn Tennis Association has signed a two-year agreement to make UK sports production and media company Sunset+Vine its host broadcast partner.

  • Date: 
    28 April 2015

    Europe’s principal domestic leagues have written to Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of Fiba, to criticise proposed changes to the international calendar in 2017 and call upon the global governing body of basketball to involve clubs in “all decisions that have an impact on their activity.”

  • Date: 
    28 April 2015

    The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) could cut team sizes for the Olympic Games and is considering other initiatives to modernise the eventing and dressage disciplines.

  • Date: 
    28 April 2015

    Pay-television broadcaster Star India has boosted its interest in the sports events sector by acquiring a majority stake in the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL).

  • Date: 
    28 April 2015

    The NBA basketball league in North America has extended and expanded a multi-year deal with sock brand Stance.