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.