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Round-Up: NZ NBL’s streaming service, Singapore GP preparations start, McLaren cuts, and more

Lewis Hamilton during practice for the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s National Basketball League has launched a direct-to-consumer global streaming service that will allow viewers outside of the country to pay to watch coverage of the competition. Profits from LeaguePass.co.nz will be split three ways – between the league, the clubs, and the players. Access to coverage of the full 2020 season is available at a discounted rate of NZ$14.99 ($9.28/€8.46) until June 5, after which the price increases to NZ$24.99. ‘Day passes’ covering two games cost NZ$4.95. The NBL tips off a truncated, 56-game season on June 23 – Stuff.co.nz

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has raised NZ$119m ($74m/€67m) by selling new shares, part of an effort to raise a total of NZ$157m to help the company through the Covid-19 downturn – The Market Herald

Preparations for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix are beginning, as doubt remains whether the race will go ahead as planned on September 20. The Singapore Tourism Board has issued tenders for jobs including setting up viewing facilities, providing shuttle bus services for attendees, and arranging parties – Straits Times

UK-based sports car manufacturer and Formula One team McLaren is cutting 1,200 jobs due to the impact of Covid-19. The racing team is reported to be suffering 70 job cuts, out of a staff of 800 – The Guardian

Formula One has set up a 24-hour, online “ethics and compliance hotline” allowing whistleblowers to report unethical behaviour in the sport – Channel News Asia/Reuters

Basketball’s world governing body Fiba has published guidelines for national federations on restarting the sport after the Covid-19 shutdowns – Fiba

The president of the Australian Medical Association, Tony Bartone, has said the National Rugby League‘s suggestion to start admitting spectators to stadiums from July 1 is “absurd and dangerous” – The Guardian

Former Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron has proposed a 16-team national team tournament in the UK and Ireland next northern summer to raise cash to help the sport through the Covid-19 downturn – Stuff.co.nz

FC Barcelona has become the latest in a string of major football clubs to begin selling a range of branded, reusable protective face masks. FCB’s cost €18 each, and are manufactured in Catalonia – The National, ESPN

China League One‘s Chengdu Better City FC has agreed a naming rights sponsorship deal with property developer Habitat Real Estate Group that will see the club renamed Xingcheng Habitat Football Club for the 2020 season. Habitat Real Estate Group is a subsidiary of state-owned property developer Chengdu Xingcheng Investment Group – SportsMoney

Amateur football has restarted in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak – Barron’s/Agence France Presse