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Hey Sports Tech Fans, Some great insight from @swissramble on the Deloitte Money League. If you are i
Issue #58  •  January 17  •  view online
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Hey Sports Tech Fans,
Some great insight from @swissramble on the Deloitte Money League.
If you are interested in the finances of European soccer clubs, then I highly recommend giving him a follow.
The Streamlabs and Newzoo live streaming report in the world of gaming and eSports is a fascinating read. 2019 was quite the year for eSports and live streaming, with the market reaching mainstream attention in a big way and with the streamer wars you have seen Microsoft, Youtube and Facebook using their financial and network muscle to come after Amazon’s Twitch.
In the gambling world, the UK will ban the use of credit cards for online gambling from April, which is a good move in my opinion.
Gambling has seen a huge boon since the US removed old laws to allow states to legalise if they want to, but lessons should be learned as gambling is as much of a danger as it is a way to have a little extra fun to enjoy sports.
There are also reports of banning gambling shirt sponsors in the UK and it won’t be long before we see some legislation on advertising in the space.
In the UK, ads before during and after live sport are dominated by gambling company ads, which poses a lot of problems.
The Techmeme Ride Home podcast that I was interviewed for drops tomorrow so make sure that you keep an eye out for that on your podcast app of choice or you can get it from their website!
On the sporting front, Conor McGregor returns to fight in the UFC, which is always good for the box office numbers. This time around the fight will be on Pay-Per-View instead of on sports channels in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, so could a new record be set? We should get the numbers next week and I will be sure to report on that whether it’s a record or not as this is a big move from the UFC to go further behind the paywall, in the hopes of driving revenues even further.
In related UFC news, they have signed a deal with Facebook Watch to create exclusive content to drive more sales for their PPV offerings. UFC do hype videos extremely well so this might drive revenue even further.
Have a great sporting weekend,

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Deloitte Money League
Swiss Ramble
Deloitte have published the 23rd edition of their annual Football Money League, which ranks the world’s leading football clubs by revenue, this time covering the 2018/19 season. Some thoughts in the following thread.
Streaming Wars
Disney Plus mobile app downloads hit nearly 41M, study says - CNET

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy | WIRED

NBC’s Peacock streaming service will launch on July 15th with three different price tiers

MLS nets BeIN rights deal in 11 APAC territories - SportsPro Media

AEW to Expand to Two Nights a Week With New Multi-Year TNT Deal

CBS Sports Nabs U.S. TV Rights to 3-on-3 Pro Hockey League | Hollywood Reporter

ESPN’s LSU-Clemson Telecast Draws More Than 25 Million Viewers - Multichannel

Gambling on credit cards to be banned - BBC News

DraftKings Opens Las Vegas Office But When Will Its Sportsbook Follow?

National Lacrosse League Teams Up With MGM on Betting Deal - Bloomberg

Streamlabs & Newzoo Q4 Year in Review Live Streaming Industry Report

Twitch’s loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, report says – TechCrunch

Esports Heading for 20 Years of Growth Says Newzoo’s Remer Rietkerk

Astralis Group's Stock Falls 17% since IPO » TalkEsport

Portuguese football club Benfica enters esports - Esports Insider

Fortnite’s getting celebrity skins, starting with Ninja - Polygon

T1 finds exclusive apparel partner in Nike - Esports Insider

Epic says its PC game store now has more than 100 million users - The Verge

Stadia planning 120 games in 2020, shares 3-month features roadmap

Exclusive: Google is working to bring official Steam support to Chrome OS

NHL 20 esports tournaments will be hosted by NHL teams

UFC Inks Facebook Pact for Exclusive Content to Push Pay-Per-View Fights (EXCLUSIVE)

Jon Bernthal To Play Venus & Serena Williams Coach Rick Macci In Warner Bros Drama ‘King Richard’

iHeartMedia lays off numerous people (including many in sports) amidst their national “modernizing” of the company

Luminary lowers its controversial podcast fee to $4.99 from $7.99 monthly - The Verge

Marketing & Social
Pepsi promises a free Zero Sugar to everyone in US if either Super Bowl team's final score ends in zero

#NBATwitter’s biggest influencers are chasing RTs and Likes and leaving your NBA team behind - SLC Dunk

Pelicans' JJ Redick: Players More Concerned with 'Fit on Instagram' Than Winning | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

The National Lacrosse League has partnered with Greenfly to allow NLL players to access personalized galleries of photos and videos in near real-time to …

PFL banks US$50m in latest Series C funding round - SportsPro Media

UTA-Backed Klutch Sports Group To Tackle Football With Revolution Agency Buy

Kobe Bryant, MLS players unveil league's new partnership with BODYARMOR |

Notre Dame Sports Apparel: Fanatics Signs a 10-Year Deal - Bloomberg

Louis Vuitton Prepares to Unveil NBA Partnership – WWD

Hardware & Wearables
Fitbit quietly enables blood oxygen tracking on its wearables | Engadget

Women in Sports
WNBA expands to 36-game regular-season schedule, adds Commissioner’s Cup tournament | The Seattle Times

The final two races of this year’s W Series will be on the undercard of Formula One’s United States and Mexican Grands Prix

Long Reads
Red Bull Reveals How Much It Really Costs To Run An F1 Team

From Cliff Diving To Formula One and Football: How Red Bull Built A World-Class Sporting Empire

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