Round-Up: NRL restart reaction, Serie A gets restart date, first live EPL matches for BBC, Sri Lanka’s Carlton returns, and more

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 21: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at the Singapore National Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Australian commentators hailed rule changes in the National Rugby League that led to an exciting game as the 2020 season got back underway yesterday with the Parramatta Eels beating the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in Brisbane. There was a mixed reaction from fans to the recorded crowd noise used by broadcasters to create atmosphere in their coverage. The league’s restart attracted media attention from around the world. And the NRL published a timeline of its tortuous, 66-day road to the restart – Fox Sports, News.com.au, NRL, SBS

Italian football’s Serie A will resume its 2019-20 season on June 20, after getting approval from the government – The Guardian

English Premier League football will be shown live by UK public-service broadcaster the BBC for the first time when the competition resumes on June 17. The league is making 25 of its remaining 92 matches free-to-air, including the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton on the reopening weekend of June 19-21. All 92 matches will be shown live by either the BBC or pay-television and streaming platforms Sky, BT Sport, and Amazon Prime. The last time the BBC showed a live, top-flight English league football match was during the 1987-88 season – BBC

PR firm BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) has been appointed by Spanish football’s LaLiga to help with international communications around the league’s restart on June 8 – BCW

Formula One teams will be allowed a maximum of 80 people at races when the series restarts July – Eurosport/Reuters

Sports car manufacturer and Formula One team owner McLaren Group suffered a 61-per-cent slump in revenues year-on-year in the first quarter, from £284m ($350m/€316m) in 2019 to £109m this year – Crash.net, McLaren Group

McLaren has agreed a partnership with Korean League of Legends esports team DragonX – Dot Esports

Global esports organisation T1 Entertainment & Sports has agreed a sponsorship with Samsung Electronics. The firm will be the organisation’s Official Display Partner. The newly-renamed Sportfive – formerly Lagardère Sports – is T1’s commercial rights agency – Samsung

Sri Lankan free-to-air sports broadcaster Carlton Sports Network Television, which had its licence cancelled by the government in 2016, will soon resume operations, former company director Rohan Welivita has said. The Sri Lankan government has withdrawn its objections to the channel’s operation following a legal appeal – Economy Next

The organising committee of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games launched an official media platform in China to create and distribute television and digital video content charting the preparations for the event. The platform is being launched in partnership with regional public-service broadcaster Hangzhou Culture Radio Television Group – Xinhua

Sports data and media firm Sportradar will provide anti-doping monitoring services to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency under a new memorandum of understanding – Sportradar

Two new Asian appointees have taken female representation on the 30 International Olympic Committee commissions to 47.7 per cent. Thai IOC member Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul has been appointed Chair of the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission, Chinese member Zhang Hong has been appointed Chair of the new IOC Coordination Commission for the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 – IOC

Women’s sport is facing a “generational loss” due to Covid-19 interrupting its growth momentum, Rachel Froggatt, chief executive of New Zealand body Women in Sport Aotearoa, has said – Channel News Asia/Reuters