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Sports Tech Live

All your Sports Tech news in one place, covering topics like AR/VR, Data Analytics, eSports, Live Streaming, Sports Betting, Wearables, etc.

Hey Sports Tech Fans,
This is the last of the Monday editions, normal service will resume on Friday!
DAZN have extended and restructured their deal for J.League football, with more of a focus on bonuses around mutual growth.
The deal is said to be a template that they will use moving forward for other rights deals and it leans on Spotify’s deals with the major record labels.
The structure sees more of a partnership evolving as opposed to a sell for the highest price and allow the rights holder to shop the rights around to consumers.
Both parties are incentivized to invest in the partnership to see it grow for both parties involved.
Since the start of Covid, there has been a lot of talk about the future of rights deals and how we might see them evolve from the highest bidder, winner takes all approach.
This could be the starting point of a new template for DAZN and its significant portfolio, but will they be able to convince other rights holders to plough this path will them?
Will other bidders on rights see it as an opportunity to outbid the streaming platform for rights with a continuation of the guaranteed minimums that sports leagues around the world love so much?
Elsewhere it has been a great week for women in sport and indeed the industries building up around sport.
Last week saw a number of initiatives launched to increase female participation in esports and sports tech, a new profit sharing softball league, the WNBA and NWSL having great ratings for the return of their sports in the US.
Last week I spoke of the upsides in youth sports in the last month and it’s great to see women’s sports making gains to elevate it to where it belongs.
Hopefully a sign of things to come moving forward.
Have a great sporting week,
Speak to you on Friday.
Will

Streaming Wars
DAZN hails ‘transformational’ restructure of JA¥223.9bn J.League rights deal - SportsPro Media
Premier League 'in talks with government to continue to show every game live until fans can return' | Daily Mail Online
UFC nets higher ESPN viewership amid Covid-19 pandemic - SportsPro Media
Inter Miami become first in MLS to live stream games via own OTT service - SportsPro Media
Gambling
PointsBet’s Deal With NBCUniversal Widely Viewed As A Game Changer For Sports Betting Market
ESPN studio in Las Vegas to debut Monday | Las Vegas Review-Journal
FanDuel Expects $200 Million Loss Ahead Of Massive NFL Marketing Push
esports
Gaming Venture Fund Closes $165 Million Fund With Big-Name Backers – Sportico.com
FC Barcelona enters esports-focused agreement with Tencent - Esports Insider
Philadelphia 76ers Star Ben Simmons Is Latest Athlete To Invest In FaZe Clan
Bronny James joins FaZe Clan
Spotify and Riot Games Team Up for an Official League of Legends Esports Partnership — Spotify
Content
Q&A: Blue Wire CEO On How Podcasting Is Shifting Sports Media
Marketing & Social
NBA, MLB and NHL returns generate close to US$100m TV ad spend, says study - SportsPro Media
NHL Looks to Suit Up Its Second Class of NHL Power Players
Why DraftKings brought its marketing in-house | Ad Age
Deals
Amazon, Tottenham Partnering on Brand Store to Run With Documentary – Sportico.com
Fanatics signs 10-year distribution deal with Australian retailer Rebel | SportBusiness
Professional Fighters League seeks $50 million investment for international expansion
Baseball: Hedge fund manager Steven Cohen in talks to buy MLB's New York Mets
Walmart is teaming up with Microsoft on TikTok bid
PepsiCo signs 5-year deal to sponsor UEFA Women’s football | Inside UEFA | UEFA.com
Women in Sport
Dignitas launches initiative for female esports players | VentureBeat
Former Nike Exec Rallies 150 Women to Launch ‘Voice in Sport’ – Sportico.com
NWSL will return in September with 18-match fall series
Athletes Unlimited kicks off with an 'innovative new model' for professional softball
WNBA Using Growing Brand Appeal to Aid Sponsorship Push
leAD Sports & Health Tech Partners joins forces with Women in Sports Tech Inc. to support early-stage female founders in the industry - Women in Sports Tech
Wearables
Amazon's new Halo health wearable device will be able to track your emotional tone
Covid
Inside the Dolphins’ preparation to have fans at Hard Rock Stadium - Sports Illustrated
BLM
WNBA, NBA lead the way in Black representation - Axios
Inside the hectic hours around a historic NBA boycott
'You can't just not do it.' Inside baseball's mixed response to social justice movement, and what's next
Best of the Rest
Mike Trout rookie card becomes highest-selling sports card of all time
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