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Hey Sports Tech Fans, Disney have announced some fantastic results on the back of their launch of Dis
Issue #64  •  February 7  •  view online
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
Disney have announced some fantastic results on the back of their launch of Disney+ and ESPN+ over the last 12 months.
Disney are now generating $787 million a month from their streaming services!
If that was consistent over the course of 12 months, it would generate $9.4 billion a year!
If Disney’s streaming assets were a standalone company, hat would be enough to rank them comfortably inside the Fortune 500, in and around the 330th rank for most revenue!
Obviously Disney has a wealth of IP under its control but the rate of growth is remarkable!
This puts massive pressure on their rivals like Netflix and DAZN, as with a plethora of streaming services to subscribe to, subscription fatigue is a very real worry. With Disney bundling of their services, their offering is very attractive, especially to families as there is something for everyone.
DAZN announced they had 8 million paying subscribers worldwide in early December. Disney announced that ESPN+ has doubled to 7.6 million paying subscribers, so the rate at which ESPN has caught up is insane.
The streaming wars have been raging for a number of years now but are really set to heat up in 2020 and beyond as more and more sports rights come up for grabs.
With NBC launching Peacock this summer, we have another entrant who has a foot in entertainment and sports which could see a massive uptake as well, putting even more pressure on the existing streaming platforms.
Have a great sporting weekend,
Will

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Streaming Wars
Disney+ has 28.6 million paid subscribers, ESPN+ is up to 7.6 million, and Disney’s making $787 million/month in streaming revenue

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Premier League agrees landmark six-year Nordic rights deal - SportsPro Media

From holograms to wearables: how we'll be watching the Super Bowl in 10 years | The Drum

Gambling
Fantasy Sports Contests Are Illegal Gambling, New York Appeals Court Rules - The New York Times

Reported Legal Super Bowl Betting Handle Nears $270M, So Far

The NFL Is Hiring Its First Vice President Of Sports Betting

Industry: XFL Betting| DraftKings, XFL Make Deal | Gaming Today

Paysafe analyses 5G's impact on mobile betting in new report - AffiliateINSIDER

eSports
Serie A and Infront launch new FIFA esports tournament - SportsPro Media

CSGO star Fallen appears on Clear Shampoo in Brazil, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo » TalkEsport

Team-Owned FLASHPOINT Counter-Strike League Aims to Be Esports’ Answer to UFC | The Esports Observer|the world’s leading source for essential esports business news and insights

Bowlero and Skillz bring mobile esports to bowling centers | VentureBeat

Coca-Cola named entitlement sponsor of eNASCAR iRacing Series - Esports Insider
Puma's Active Gaming Footwear Review - GAMER SHOES?
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Monumental Sports & Entertainment, UAE Announce Global Esports Partnership - Monumental Sports

Content
The NFL is looking to Facebook to help fuel international growth

Reddit wants broadcasters to use its content, hopes live TV will drive brand awareness | The Drum

O’Shea Jackson Jr. To Star In Apple’s Kevin Durant Basketball Drama ‘Swagger’ In Recasting

XFL launches mobile app and will broadcast betting TV overlays - Insider Sport

MSG Networks is adding a new player spotlight feature to its next New York Rangers hockey telecast.

New Dwyane Wade documentary “D. Wade: Life Unexpected” will premiere on ESPN Feb. 23

Marketing & Social
Twitter hits $1 billion in revenue as it draws in more users - CNET

Snapchat’s Daily Users Increase in Q4, But So Does Snap Inc.’s Net Loss – Adweek

Partnerships & Sponshorship
Ad Spend On Sports Sponsorship Expected To Reach $48 Billion Worldwide

Deals
Endeavor steps on board SailGP in deal valuing it at $200 million - Reuters

Data
How Technology Is Giving Hockey Goalies the Upper Hand

Startups
Euroleague Basketball names finalists for Fan XP innovation challenge | SportBusiness

Long Reads
A Lacrosse Pro Turned Hedge Fund Manager Goes All-In on Tech - Bloomberg

How Andre Iguodala handled his rare NBA sabbatical

Best of the Rest
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The Next Big Thing in Sports? Clothes That Give You Perfect Form

Mark Ritson: Logo fix or logo flex? Marketers should be more playful

WWE’s ‘Stone Cold’ Outlook Slams Shares to 21-Month Low - Bloomberg

Flywheel admits its streaming bikes copied Peloton’s technology - The Verge

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