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Faced with their own lofty expectations, following last year's no-show by the US men's team and now embroiled in a legal challenge regarding pay equity, the American women's squad arrives to the 2019 Fifa Women's Cup with much on their shoulders. Randy Williams reports.

Money from Murdoch’s pay-television operations has transformed the fortunes of sports leagues around the world over the last 30 years and suddenly it looks like the tap is about to be turned off. 

Major League Baseball and Fox are working on a multi-billion-dollar deal to extend the network’s World Series rights beyond 2021, according to a New York Post report.

Esports company ESL has entered into a partnership with sports and live entertainment firm Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in an effort to extend its global reach, while interactive entertainment company Activision Blizzard has appointed veteran Fox Sports executive Pete Vlastelica to lead its Major League Gaming (MLG) arm.

The Fox Sports division of US network Fox and a number of major sports leagues have become the latest investors to plough money into DraftKings as the daily fantasy sports provider confirmed it has raised $300m (€270.3m) in additional funding to support international expansion plans.

US pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports and the Associated Press news agency have agreed to sell sports technology, data and content company Stats to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners.