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Facebook To Stream UEFA Champions League Matches In Fox Sports Deal

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Facebook has made a deal with Fox Sports to stream UEFA Champions League soccer matches via Facebook Live during upcoming 2017-18 season. The annual competition featuring Europe’s top club teams kicks off group stage play in September and comes after Spain’s Real Madrid won this year’s title June 3 in Wales. Fox broadcast the final live. Under the terms of the deal, Fox Sports will stream games in the U.S. on the Fox Sports Facebook page, and in Spanish on the Fox… Read

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Fox Sports Teams With Nielsen’s New Out Of Home Ratings Service

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Fox Sports has joined ESPN on the team of sports channels hoping to boost ratings by adding viewers at bars, restaurants, gyms, hotels, and (yes) at work: Nielsen says today that Fox’s FS1, FS2 and Fox Deportes have signed a multiyear agreement to use Nielsen’s new National Out-of-Home Reporting Service. Nielsen introduced it in April, with ESPN as the first client. Fox will receive program and commercial ratings for live viewing, and viewing up to seven days after a live… Read

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Amazon Greenlights Tour De France Docuseries Inspired By Hannah Grant Book

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Amazon has given the green light to an untitled documentary adventure series inspired by Hannah Grant’s book The Grand Tour Cookbook, about the athletes competing in the 104th Tour De France and the food that keeps them alive. The untitled Hannah Grant series follows Grant, known as the Queen of Performance Cooking among pro cyclists, as she and her crew source and prepare healthy, high-performance meals for Team Orica-Scott’s nine riders during the 23-day endurance race… Read

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Aaron Rodgers, 2-Time NFL MVP, Huddles Up With CAA Sports Off The Field

Aaron Rodgers signs with CAA for commercial representation

CAA will create commercial opportunities for Rodgers — a Super Bowl champ and two-time NFL MVP, — in such areas as film, television, endorsements, speaking, business development, digital media, publishing and philanthropy, among others. "I have always been interested in exploring ways to parlay the things I am most passionate about into new business endeavors," said Rodgers. "I am excited to partner with CAA, as I am confident that together we can create entrepreneurial… Read

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Amazon Seeks $2.8M For Ad Packages With NFL Video Streams: Report

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Amazon hopes to make back some of the $50 million it committed to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this fall by charging advertisers $2.8 million for packages with 30-second spots, Reuters reports. The games also will air live on CBS and NBC, which split the season, and on the NFL Network. Amazon is looking for much more than the ad prices the broadcast networks likely will charge. They typically hover around $590,000 or less. But Amazon’s deal also will include ad… Read

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NBC Sports Group To Launch eSports Tournament

Do eSports fans need or want another tournament? Comcast’s NBCUniversal is about to find out. It says today that NBC Sports Group this summer will introduce what it calls the “first-ever 2v2 international Rocket League tournament” using the FACEIT gaming platform. It also will tap Comcast’s “regional, national and international assets” as competitors vie for a $100,000 prize pool. Regional finals will be live-streamed on the NBC Sports app and Telemundo En Vivo app on… Read

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Jay Russell To Helm Yankees-Blessed Lou Gehrig Pic ‘The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth’

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EXCLUSIVE: On the anniversary of his 1939 retirement from baseball, late great New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig will be the subject of a new feature that has gotten a rare endorsement from the Yankees, the only team for which he played. The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth will be directed by Jay Russell, the helmer behind My Dog Skip and Ladder 49. Based on the Jonathan Eig biography Luckiest Man, the film has a script by Dan Kay. Branded Entertainment’s… Read

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AEG Invests In Popular eSports Franchise: Immortals

Add sports and live entertainment company AEG to the list of backers for one of the most popular eSports franchises: Immortals. The company didn’t disclose the size of its strategic investment. But as part of the deal, Immortals will host its Los Angeles tournaments at AEG’s L.A. Live entertainment complex. Immortals competes in League of Legends, Counterstrike GO, Overwatch and Super Smash Brothers. Other Immortals investors include Lionsgate, financier Michael Milken… Read

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FTC Sues To Block Merger Of Fantasy Sports Giants DraftKings And FanDuel

Updated with DraftKings/FanDuel statement: The Federal Trade Commission just threw a flag on the proposed merger of fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel. The regulatory agency — working with Attorneys General for California and D.C. — authorized a suit to stop the deal, charging it would violate antitrust laws. The complaints were filed today at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. An administrative trial is scheduled to start November 21. "This… Read

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FuboTV Raises $55M To Help Expand Sports And Entertainment Streaming

Sports streaming service fuboTV just scored an additional $55 million in a Series C funding round led by venture capital fund Northzone — but also including existing backers 21st Century Fox and Sky. The agreement raises to more than $75 million the amount of cash raised by fuboTV, which was launched in January 2015 as a streaming service that specialized in soccer matches. It also gives Northzone a board seat next to representatives from Fox, DCM Ventures, i2bf, Luminari… Read

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WME | IMG’s Ari Emanuel, UFC’s Dana White On Biggest Professional Fights, The Future & More – Cannes Lions

WME | IMG Co-CEO Ari Emanuel and UFC president Dana White took to the Palais stage this afternoon at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival to share perspective on the future of their businesses, as well as their own professional challenges and what it takes to succeed. In a panel titled "Survival of the Fittest," the pair was asked about the biggest fight they have faced in their careers. Emanuel notably looked back to 1995 when he and three colleagues left ICM to found… Read

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ESPN Revamp Continues With Connor Schell Named EVP Content

Disney’s sports channel is expanding the responsibilities of ESPN veteran Connor Schell, naming him EVP Content. As part of his new role he will oversee all of ESPN’s content creation across ESPN's television, digital and print platforms. In his new position, effective immediately, Schell also adds responsibility for studio and remote production, and digital and print content creation, to his previous charge of overseeing ESPN Films, Original Content, Audio and the… Read