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Sports betting plot twist: one small part of the massive deal between the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox included the stake in daily fantasy sports and sports betting company DraftKings.
The interest in DraftKings—originally acquired by Fox as part of a funding round in 2015—is now owned by Disney “through one of its subsidiaries.” It’s an interesting twist for Disney and DraftKings, which had initially committed to an investment deal in 2015 before it fell through.
It appears the stake in DraftKings did not move alongside the Fox Sports Networks, as Disney sold them to Sinclair Broadcasting earlier this month. Disney had acquired the regional sports networks in the original Fox deal, but had to divest as part of the terms.
It’s an interesting development in the sports betting world, and given the history of DraftKings and Disney—not to mention that it stands in stark contrast to comments made by Bob Iger back in February. It's unclear what will happen next, but in just two weeks the two biggest names in sports media now have interest in sports betting companies.
Read: Legal Sports Report
NBC Sports Chicago is adapting the format it used in its basketball post-postgame show, “Bulls Outsiders,” to launch “Outside the Ivy” following the wrap-ups of weeknight Cubs telecasts.
The show is set to make its debut tomorrow after the Phillies-Cubs postgame show. Hosted by bloggers Michael Cerami, Danny Rockett and Luis Medina—billed as “die-hard Cubs fans”—the half-hour live multiplatform program also will follow the postgame show of a few 6pm Cubs starts on the channel.
Read: Chicago Tribune
Sports data intelligence company Second Spectrum, which introduced real-time augmented-reality content to ESPN’s NBA playoffs coverage last season, has created a continuous on-court graphic called ‘ESPN Mode’, which has been added to ESPN’s digital offering.
This new feature, which essentially combines Second Spectrum’s ‘Coach Mode’, ‘Player Mode’ and ‘Mascot Mode’, debuted during game three of the NBA WCF. The platform weaves in-game stats, play and ball movement diagrams, as well as player identification and stats live into the broadcast.
Last year, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the 30 Clubs routed nearly 250,000 pieces of content collected from every ballpark.
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NFL Network and Conference-USA announced that 10 Conference-USA games a year will air on NFL Network for each of the next four seasons.
That’s a departure for NFL Network, which has largely eschewed college football, aside from a couple minor bowl games in 2006 and its draft-related content. Getting into the live college football business gives the NFL Network a different type of programming on fall Saturdays, which are otherwise a slow time for the NFL.
Read: NBC Sports
Long-standing esports organization Complexity Gaming today opens the doors to The GameStop Performance Center, its new headquarters and first major step toward its vision of “esports 3.0” – where professional gamers are treated with the same legitimacy as professional athletes.
Situated at The Star in Frisco, Complexity’s 11,000-square-foot HQ is steps away from the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. This will allow for esports management to connect with and learn from the famed real-world sports organization, says Complexity, while esports athletes will have the chance to train and eat in the same facilities as Dallas Cowboys players.
A|X Armani Exchange to Sponsor Esports Team
A|X Armani Exchange, as part of a relaunch strategy of the A|X Armani Exchange label, is set to be the first fashion brand to debut in the world of esports, sponsoring the Italian team Mkers for the 2019-20 season. As a result, Mkers will be the global ambassador of the A|X Armani Exchange line, sporting a new official uniform supplied by the brand on the stages of the main video game tournaments worldwide.
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