In this week's US sports industry round-up: FIFA World Cup ratings recovering from rough start | Rhode Island legalizes sports gaming | NASCAR looking at changing sponsorship model
2017 was the year in which OTT video became a demonstrably mainstream platform as viewership of its services extended into a majority of US homes for the first time. David Walmsley sets the scene in the first part of our in-depth report into the state of the growing sector of OTT broadcasting.
ESPN, the US sports broadcaster and creator of the X Games, has selected Minneapolis as the next American host city for the summer edition of its action sports event under a two-year deal.
The state of Rhode Island and the city of Minneapolis have confirmed bids to host the summer edition of action sports event the X Games, which is set to be held in Austin for the final time next month.
US sports broadcaster ESPN has announced its summer X Games event will not return to Austin, Texas, next year and has opened a bidding process for US cities interested in hosting the action sports event for consecutive years in 2017 and 2018.
The X Games action sports franchise is to return to Europe after organiser, US sports broadcaster ESPN, finalised a deal with Norwegian commercial and pay-television broadcaster TV2 to stage an event in Oslo.
Russell Wolff, executive vice-president and managing director of sports media company ESPN International, is the latest speaker to be revealed for the Leaders Sport Business Summit at Stamford Bridge in London on October 8-9.
US sports broadcaster ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Company have reached an agreement to keep the X Games extreme sports event at the Colorado location for the next five years in a new deal running through 2019.
Ross Hair, managing director of sports broadcast giant ESPN’s operations in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), is leaving at the end of the month, SportBusiness International understands.
ESPN has revealed the sport disciplines that will be included at its X Games in Aspen next year.
ESPN has postponed its Austin X Games originally due to take place in May next year, following the scrapping of its international events last month.
ESPN has dropped its X Games events in Barcelona, Munich, Foz do Iguacu (Brazil) and Tignes (France) to concentrate on its events in the United States.
ESPN The Magazine has named National Basketball Association (NBA)’s Memphis Grizzlies as "the best franchise in sports".
ESPN, The Walt Disney Company and Special Olympics have agreed a two-year global initiative to unite people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports programme.
Social networking site Twitter has appointed former Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and ESPN executive Geoff Reiss to develop its sports partnerships.