In what online services say is a landmark deal that marks a tipping point in the migration of sports consumption from linear pay-TV to over-the-top (OTT), DAZN has acquired the rights to become the new headline broadcaster in Serie. Top Italian football league and extending its transport relationship with local operator TIM.
Already featuring 114 Serie A matches per season, DAZN will from the start of the 2021 season to 2024 broadcast live and on-demand coverage of every Serie A match, as many as 266 exclusive matches and 114 exclusive matches or seven of 10 exclusive matches per match week, as well as three exclusive matches. Apart from Serie A, other premium football competitions to which DAZN is entitled include LaLiga, Ligue1, Copa Libertadores, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Eredivisie, plus the FA Women Super League and Division 1 Féminine.
Commenting on the deal, DAZN Group co-CEO James Rushton said: “This is a historic agreement that affirms DAZN as the leading sporting destination in Italy and rewards fans with more accessible Serie A coverage, and this agreement will make it happen while continuing to drive innovation and enhance the fan experience. With our business globally gaining considerable momentum, DAZN has made this strategic and disciplined investment to further accelerate growth in one of our core markets. “
And when the main deal was announced, DAZN also revealed that it had extended its existing freight partnership with it Italian telecom TEAM to bring its content to TIMVISION’s broadband video service over the next three years. As the official strategic partner, TIM will be the reference for telecommunication and pay TV operator offers DAZN content in Italy.
The new partnership will be active from July 2021 with a special DAZN service offering provided to TIM customers including Serie A matches, currently attended by around 5 million households, mainly via satellite. This connection will see TIM support video migration from satellite to streaming platform via Ultrabroadband (UBB), the coverage available in Italy on its fixed networks in addition to cellular networks, fixed wireless access (FWA) and satellite Wi-Fi.
TIM believes that the agreement consolidates TIMVISION’s position as the leading aggregator of high quality premium products thanks to its new set-top-box decoder.
A year ago this week, Down footballer Clara Fitzpatrick packed up three and a half years of her life in Australia and returned home.
After immediately breaking through back into the county setting, he aimed to help Down get back into the senior ranks again.
After representing Morne County for several years before he emigrated to Australia in 2016, Fitzpatrick, 30, continued to play Australian Rules socially and professionally, before the Covid-19 outbreak proved to be a trigger to return home. .
He remains unsure where his long-term plans lie, but for now, he’s determined to take his second chance with Down.
“I was planning to come home last May for the holidays, but with all that happened we decided to get up and go,” said the Bryansford club player.
“It’s a bit chaotic, three and a half years wrapped up in three days. That’s so packed up and saying goodbye.
“It’s great to come home. I feel like it was the right decision. I’m not sure if I can play with the club again, you don’t know when your last game was or how many years you have been away. Last summer was brilliant, got a little bit of football. with the club and my old teammates. To be honest it’s like I never left, which is a good feeling.
“Just being close to my family, that’s a big thing that Covid has shown us. Family means everything, so being at home with family and friends, you can’t replace it.”
Since he returned with his traveling companions – sister Laura and friend Aoife – Fitzpatrick has returned to work in his local community. Her physiotherapeutic skills are in high demand, rehabilitating patients in the postoperative community, and she admits she loves being able to go out and meet people under exertionary lockdowns.
Playing with St Kilda club in Melbourne, Fitzpatrick had a very successful first season at the AFLW, but being unable to work in his trade under strict sports visa restrictions meant he was in no position to play a second season.
“Most Irish girls go on a sports visa, but I was sponsored to work as a physio there and I gave up on going on a sports visa to play. I gave up a lot, ”he explained.
Towards the second year, St Kilda had offered me a sports visa to return, but I wanted to have the opportunity to work as a physio and play so I applied for a permanent residence permit. Australian girls can work and play, but because of our visas we are very limited in what we can do.
“St Kilda are very good, they pressed me to get extra time, but we have to cancel it by mid-November at the latest. They put me on the inactive list and not delete me, in the hope I will come out to play next season.
“If it weren’t for Covid, I might still be in Australia. In an ideal world, the plan is to come back in September or October, but with Covid, things are very unpredictable. In the way that is lost it is very difficult to make plans. I’ll see how things go over the next few months and play it by ear.
“To be honest I would love to play any football this year. After the last few months, nothing in terms of collective sport, it would be great to get out of training and be able to play matches any description again.”
After playing past the underage class for Down, Fitzpatrick moved up to the senior team at the turn of the last decade. He quickly nailed his place in the middle of the field, a role he returned to at the most recent championships.
A two-point loss to reigning champions Meath marks the end of their 2020 season, but he thinks the team has the potential to achieve great things under the management of Caoibhe Sloan and Peter Lynch.
“It’s great to be back in. Peter and Caoibhe are amazing for Down Ladies, they have an unrealistic arrangement. They are focused on developing the young players who are coming. They set high standards; an impressive set – to come in,” he said.
“As a team, we were a little disappointed with Meath’s game. Meath was a very strong contender and then did really well in the end, but we couldn’t catch them and we lost a point or two. We can only learn from them and we can go on. go ahead and fix our weak points in the game. “
Although his exploits with oval balls have attracted attention in recent years, Fitzpatrick pointed to his success representing Australasia at the 2019 GAA World Games as a career highlight.
A serious knee injury cost him the chance to play in the 2014 Down Intermediate All-Ireland success, but winning any title at Croke Park is hard to beat.
“It was incredible. Any female footballer’s dream is to play at Croke Park. I had missed opportunities there before with Down and now I am 30 years old, so having the opportunity to play at Croke Park is incredible,” she said.
“I have known several girls from playing college, district and provincial football over the years. It was so awesome, just a great experience from start to finish. To get the results we do is definitely one of the most important things in my life. “
“Getting back to Croke Park and winning there with Down is priority number one now,” he said.
“Collectively, the big goal is to win the intermediate title with Down. “Team Down is a youth team, we have some real young talent,” he said.
“We want to be a senior team in the next few years, we want to move on to Division 2 and then to Division 1. It will be a year of hard work and, individually, everyone has been amazing during the close. Once we get back on the pitch again, it will be. It’s great to be able to do it together again. “
Wales will seek to defend their PDC Darts World Cup title in September, with the tournament now confirmed to take place at the Sparkassen-Arena in Jena, Germany.
Last Updated: 03/24/21 4:50 PM
The 2021 World Cup of Darts will take place at Sparkassen-Arena in Jena, Germany from September 9-12, PDC has confirmed.
The annual tournament, in which 32 countries are represented by two player teams in a combination of doubles and singles matches, returns to Germany after being held in Salzburg, Austria in 2020.
Wales are the reigning champions after Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton sealed their country’s first crown last November. ‘Iceman’ and ‘Ferret’ enjoyed excellent runs, beating Russia, Scotland, Australia, Germany and England along the way. The win also preceded individual success for the pair, as Price won the World Championship and Clayton took the Masters title.
Sparkassen-Arena in Jena is no stranger to hosting PDC events, having previously set the stage for PDC’s European Tour in 2017.
PDC expects to announce ticket details in due time, subject to an announcement from the German government regarding crowds attending sporting events.
All the action will be live on Sky Sports, during the three day event.
KARACHI: Due to the spread of COVID-19 in various cities in Punjab and several KP regions, many sports matches in various disciplines have been postponed, ‘The News’ learned about it on Monday.
PHF has closed the Pakistani senior hockey team’s training camp in Lahore. Various sports competitions between universities have been postponed to be held in Punjab. An inter-university women’s badminton competition, to be held at Karachi University (KU), has also been postponed, as teams from universities in different parts of the country were unable to come to Karachi.
The Men’s and Women’s Inter-University Athletics Championships, which will be held in Islamabad and Sargodha respectively, have been postponed. No further date has been announced. The national junior athletic championships scheduled to be held in Peshawar later this month or early April are also likely to be postponed due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
A sports complex and gymnasium have been closed in Punjab, with the seizure of a number of athlete training facilities. Sources say that Ramadan will start in the second week of April. Thus, the national senior and junior athletic championships are believed to be held after Ramadan, they said.
The New Zealand team finally let their emotions run over after making a stunning comeback to win Race 8 of the America’s Cup Match. And two more wins on Tuesday will see them defend Auld Mug.
After Team NZ failed midway through the second half following an error by helmsman Peter Burling, Luna Rossa had a huge lead and looked like the inevitable winner of the race.
But the spin came in the third leg when it was Luna Rossa’s turn to shed their screen in bright and inconsistent conditions, allowing the Kiwis to not only catch up but slide to win by nearly four minutes.
The rollercoaster race ends with Team NZ members aboard the Te Rehutai who can be heard giving off a relieved – and colorful – celebration as they cross the finish line.
“I’m very happy with it. F ***,” a crew member said on the broadcast.
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American yacht and sailing commentator Ken Read says it’s an emotion we’ve never seen so far from Team NZ.
“That’s the emotion that comes out of the Kiwi,” Read said in the official Copa America broadcast. “It’s an emotion I’ve never seen before from a Kiwi.”
“You think the fans are relieved? What about the crew out there,” added fellow commentator Stephen McIvor.
After the race, Team NZ’s foil controller, Blair Tuke, was also excited by the “unrealistic resistance”.
“Yeah, wow what a race,” said Tuke. “Definitely one to defend against. It was a very unreal resistance from the people over there.
Obviously we made a pretty costly mistake spinning right behind them on the first downwind and out of foil but we got them back pretty quickly, and then set sail with a great race from there.
“They made a mistake on one of their top-scoring tacks … and we never looked back.”
When asked if he had sailed in such a race before, Tuke said: “Maybe not with a lot of people watching. It’s not real.
“Another big attendance even on a weekday here,” he added. Obviously we finished in the top position so we were right by the crowd below Motuihe. It was a few races and we were in the wrong position there in real low end conditions, which made it even more difficult.
All boys go there till the end. When you have a race where you do a lot of takeoffs like that and the big onscreen control changes, it’s tough for boys. So much effort by the young men.
The NZ team also beat the previous race by a convincing margin, showing a significant difference in speed and finishing in what was the first lead change from regatting so far.
The defenders lead the match 5-3 in the first series through seven. Race 9 will take place at 4:15 p.m. today.
Towards a Cup race?
• Give yourself plenty of time and think about taking the ferry, train, or bus to watch the Cup.
• Make sure your AT HOP card is in your pocket. It’s the best way to ride.
• Don’t forget to scan the QR code with the NZ COVID Tracer app when taking public transportation and entering America’s Cup Village.