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Sports Tech Live #74 -UFC's Fight Island, Google Stadia free for two months, first cracks in broadcasting rights fees, Wimbledon had insurance and will receive a £140 million payout & more

Hey Sports Tech Fans, As we continue through this crisis, the world of sport marches on using creativ
Issue #74  •  April 10  •  view online
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
As we continue through this crisis, the world of sport marches on using creative ways to keep things moving.
I hosted my first lightning decision jam session this week with people in the sports industry to show them a framework and some tools for hosting remote, problem solving and solution sessions.
I will be hosting another in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for details on that. It will likely be the 21st of this month. If you are interested just reply to this email and I will reserve you a space as tickets will be very limited as it is an interactive session.

We are beginning to see some of the strains emerge between leagues and organisations and the broadcasters that might result in huge fallout.
New Premier League CEO said this week that the league would lose up to £1 billion if the season isn’t completed, which could put a lot of teams at risk of going out of business.
Two French broadcasters have requested to defer their payments to UEFA for the remaining payments owed on their contracts for the broadcasting of EURO 2020.
WWE went ahead with WrestleMania 36 without fans over the weekend and it was a very different experience, with mixed reviews. Some were happy that the WWE was able to put on an event that brought some joy, while others criticised the decision to even host the event at their training centre, instead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium.
The UFC this week have announced that they will be running a full card on April 18th which will be hosted on an Native American Tribal land in California in a bid to get around some of the restrictions, but that decision has now been pulled.
Dana White also announced he is installing infrastructure on a private island, aptly named ‘Fight Island’ and he still seems bullish on that continuing, with the UFC president saying that fighters will be able to train from there in about a months time.
The UFC is adamant they will be the first sport to return as they look to get the show back on the road and to continue as other sports are on an enforced hiatus.
Disney and ESPN, the home of the UFC in the US, have called Dana White and told him to cancel all events until further notice. Will we see fight island become a reality in May? Time will tell!
In other news, Teamworks raises $25 million in order to grow as the Slack for sports teams and Quibi launches its short form mobile content.
The NBA2k live event was not without controversy as they showed everyone how not to do live esports. They prerecorded the first round and after a leak of the results, gamblers took advantage. The tournament continues through this weekend.
Amazon will be entering a streaming gaming platform similar to Google’s Stadia as the competition for next generation gaming heats up. The games are streamed to players devices using the cloud to process the games and as a result removes the need for high end gaming hardware.
In retaliation, Google have offered 2 months free of Stadia to anyone with a Gmail account! I for one will be signing up this weekend and I will report back next week as this is the next frontier for gaming as Microsoft will also enter the fray in the coming years as the technology becomes more seamless and Sony have their Playstation Now service.
Have a great non sporting weekend,
Will

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Streaming Wars
Mayweather in Deal for Virtual Boxing on fuboTV - Broadcasting & Cable

CBA signs CNY2bn streaming deal with Migu - SportsPro Media

M6 and TF1 ask to defer Euro 2020 rights payments | SportBusiness

Bruin Is Said to End Sale Process for Streaming Company Deltatre - Bloomberg

How WWE Pulled Off WrestleMania 36 Without Fans and What It Means for Its Business and Future

Gambling
Gamblers Cash-In as NBA 2K Results Leaked Online - Sports Illustrated

SBTech Must To Set Aside Millions To Cover Cyberattack, DraftKings Deal Delayed

eSports
The NBA sends its stars to the gaming world, but not its esports league - The Washington Post

Amazon Pushes Into Making Video Games, Not Just Streaming Their Play - The New York Times

Google offers Stadia for free to anyone with a Gmail account

This sports league will be the first to finish its season with video-game playoffs

Call of Duty League resumes April 10th with online-only format | Engadget

Content
The Best Moments From the Toronto Raptors' Quarantine

Quibi is coming, with the worst — or maybe best — timing

Peloton finally cancels all live classes after employee gets the coronavirus

TNT Sets ‘Shaq Life’ Docuseries Airings For First Thursday ShaqNight, Releases Trailer

Stephen Curry And Storm Reid Team For Female Athlete Series ‘Bamazing’ – Deadline

Marketing & Social
The 4 Types of Sports Fans and How Marketers Can Catch Their Attention

I took a YouTube Live workout class hosted by a Nike Master Trainer

Deals
Teamworks Raises $25 Million in Series C Round | Teamworks

Hardware & Wearables
Chinese Professional Baseball League team will have robot mannequins fill in as fans at games

Covid-19
Report: Wimbledon’s Organizers Set For A $141 Million Payout After Taking Out Pandemic Insurance

Germany Prepares for Soccer’s Return - The New York Times

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