DAZN to bring international soccer to Canada in new multi-year broadcast deal

The package will include matches from the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and international friendliesLive streaming platform DAZN has signed a multi-year broadcast deal to bring international soccer matches to screens in Canada from 2022 to 2028. The sports streaming service has picked up English language rights to selected matchups from elite competitions involving the likes of World Champions France and European Champions Italy, as well as England, Spain, Germany and many more.The deal will include a minimum of 57 matches for each national team and run for the next six years. It includes matches from the UEFA Nations League,...

Serie A final matches to clash with the Premier League

Huge permutations at the top and bottom of both leagues should make for an exciting end to the seasonWith most of Europe's top leagues either finished for the season or grinding to a slow and uneventful halt, all eyes will be on the Italian Serie A and the English Premier League this Sunday, where that is anything but the case.The scheduling of some final Serie A matches has caused a stir, but more on that later. First, let's look at who could win the league and who could get relegated from Serie A.What do AC Milan need to win Serie...

Top 5 most watched football leagues around the world

Some competitions are growing in global popularity and gaining millions of new fans every yearFootball is arguably the world's most popular sport by every means, from fan engagement to the amount of money involved. According to various analyses, football is watched by more than 4 billion people worldwide, which is half of the world's population.Competitions like World Cup, Euros, and Copa America are some of Football's prestigious international mega-events, which can put the whole world on hold. Apart from international events, which mostly happen after 4 years, football is mainly dominated by club football. With more than 200 countries involved,...

End of an era in football gaming as EA and FIFA part ways

FIFA 23 will be the final game in the series made by behemoth studio Electronic ArtsAfter almost three decades, world football's governing body FIFA will cut ties with its videogame partner Electronic Arts, leaving the fate of the monster series in limbo. It is understood that FIFA were demanding an increase in the license fee paid to them by EA and the developer decided to go it alone instead.Murmourings of a rift started late last year when EA Sports general manager Cam Weber wrote in a blog post that the company was reviewing its licensing deal with FIFA and considering...

Interview: Brighton fans review a stellar season from Graham Potter and his squad

Seagulls supporters talk expectations exceeded, highlights, transfers and much moreWhen Brighton welcome West Ham to the Amex next weekend, it will surely be a day of celebration regardless of the result. With two games to go, Graham Potter's side sit 9th in the Premier League table and aiming for a top half finish. It's been a season of great improvement after finishing 16th last year. While they they still remain one of the lowest scoring teams in the league, they've managed to do the most important thing which is win a few more games.The Seagulls can be a very good...

What happened to Reddit Soccer Streams

The infamous subreddit has left a trail of copycat websites in its wakeUntil three years ago, Reddit Soccer Streams was the place to be for football fans desperate for free live streams. The now infamous reddit page amassed over 400,000 subscribers during that time and became the go-to on matchday for many people.Websites like Buffstreams were able to post their links on the page and fans could even interact with them to tell others how reliable the streams were, in terms of quality, stability and a number of other factors.As the prices of TV packages for watching football got more...

BT Sport and Eurosport merger set to go ahead

The two companies have come to a formal agreement after lengthy negotiationsBT and Warner Bros Discovery will complete a merger in the coming months which will see the BT Sport and Eurosport brands become one. In a deal worth £633m, all UK and Ireland operations of the two brands will be combined in a powerful joint venture more than capable of competing with Sky Sports.This agreement comes after extensive talks between the two parties over the last few months.For now, the two brands will continue under the same names and with the same activities until they eventually merge into one...

Serie A signs deal with tech company to produce automated highlights

The Italian top flight will publish clips on its social media channels created by artificial intelligenceThe Italian Serie A has made an agreement with WSC Sports to have them create automated match highlights of their games. WSC Sports, a tech firm based in Israel, will use its own AI and machine learning technology to create highlight packages in real time for the league, which it will then publicise on its social media networks and other avenues.WSC Sports has the ability to analyse, index, crop and apply graphics to recorded moments on the pitch in real time. In a matter of...

BBC wins Premier League audio rights for the next three seasons

The public broadcaster will continue to provide live audio commentary for Premier League matches until 2024/25The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has once again won the rights to live audio commentary of the Premier League for the next three full seasons, continuing its existing relationship with the English top flight.Flagship sports station BBC Radio 5 Live has won the rights to four out of seven packages offered for the next three campaigns.Embed from Getty ImagesThe deal allows 5 Live to present live audio commentary of Premier League matches and gives them the choice of first pick of one 15:00 Saturday kick...

Interview: West Ham fans discuss the club's UEFA Europa League journey this season

Despite falling at the semi final stage, fans have plenty to be optimistic about after a fantastic European campaignThere was certainly a tinge of cruelty about the way West Ham fell at the penultimate hurdle in their losing second leg effort against Frankfurt last week. Aaron Creswell's early dismissal gave David Moyes' side a mountain to climb, one which despite a valaint effort they could not overcome. Football is full of ups and downs, and while many fans will still be reeling from the disappointment of losing in the semi final in Germany, there are plenty of reasons to be...

Qatar World Cup 2022: Group Stage UK TV Schedule

The BBC and ITV will broadcast every single group stage game later this yearWe now know which channels will show each match from the Qatar World Cup group stage in November and December. Decisions have been made about the three England group games but also about matches involving every other team at the tournament.In a surprise move, FIFA have announced that the Group A clash between Senegal and Netherlands will open the show on 21 November, meaning that for the first time since 2006, the hosts will not be the first to compete. It is unclear why the authorities have...

Hesgoal takes down illegal live streams of UEFA Champions League matches

The popular website seems to be moving away from dodgy links and towards sports newsWe now know that the UEFA Champions League final on May 28 will feature Real Madrid and Liverpool, but one place where fans won't be able to watch the game is Hesgoal. The once huge illegal live streaming site has issued a statement declaring that it will no longer be broadcasting any matches from the UCL or any UEFA club competition, including the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.The statement read:"Dear Visitors,We dediced to stop putting any link of the UEFA competitions matches (Champions...

Serie A match broadcast live on the metaverse

The Italian top flight became the first major European league to enter the new mediumLast weekend Serie A became the first major football league in the world to bring its brand to the metaverse. AC Milan's 1-0 win over Fiorentina was broadcast on The Nemesis metaverse in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.The feat was made possible by a collaboration between Serie A and its telecommunications partner TIM, along with blockchain company ConsenSys. Together they made a Serie A room on The Nemesis, in which fans were able to enjoy the action.What is the metaverse?People are often confused...

New England vs Columbus Crew Predictions

The 2022 MLS season is firmly underway, with teams across the nation continuing to compete for a place in the postseason where they will be able to play for the MLS Cup and take the honors in America’s top soccer league.The New England Revolution and the Columbus Crew are just two of the sides that are in the Eastern Conference that are aiming to make the final stages of the competition, although it would be worth pointing out that neither will be too concerned at this stage of the season.New England Revs vs Columbus Crew should be a tight affairEmbed...

Sky is suffering in Italy after losing Serie A football rights to DAZN

The broadcaster's revenue has decreased in Italy on several fronts but strong performances elsewhere are keeping balanceComcast, the parent company of Sky has reported a drop in revenues during the first quarter of 2022. The company recently revealed its Q1 results, reporting a 4.5% decrease in overall revenue. The total revenue during this time period has been reported as $4.8 billion.CEO Brian Roberts has said that Comcast is still pleased with the performance of the telecomms giant in Italy, Germany and the UK, despite these results. The company blamed the losses on the "impact of currency" and said that revenue...

Interview: Villarreal fans reflect on an already stellar UCL campaign ahead of their toughest test yet

The Yellow Submarine must overturn a two goal deficit in tonight's second leg to reach the Champions League finalBy the end of tonight, we will know if Villarreal are to play their first UEFA Champions League final at the end of this month. If they do qualify, this group of player's will have made history, becoming the first to take the club all the way in European football's most prestigious club competition.Villarreal do have European pedigree, having won the Europa League last season, reached the Champions League semi finals and quarter finals on previous occasions, and won back-to-back Intertoto Cups...

bet365 have a fantastic free bet offer for Real Madrid vs Manchester City

The UCL semi final second legs are upon us and you can enjoy all the action with an added bonusTwo of Europe's finest stand 90, or perhaps a little over 120, minutes away from the UEFA Champions League final. Following the thrill of a 4-3 first leg in Manchester, Pep Guardiola takes his City side to the Santiago Bernabeu to do battle with the mighty Real Madrid in front of a packed partisan crowd, fresh from celebrating their latest La Liga crown.Fans around the world will need no motivation to tune in to part two of arguably the most exciting...

Channel 4 to broadcast Three Lions European football

The free-to-air network has won the rights to 20 England fixtures between 2022 and 2024Hot on the heels of Viaplay's deal to show home nations football involving Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Channel 4 have acquired the rights to all UEFA matches involving England until 2024, and also international friendlies.Gareth Southgate's side face UEFA Nations League encounters against the likes of Germany and European champions Italy, among others, over the next couple of years, as well as European qualifiers for Euro 2024. All of that will now be available on Channel 4. In total, Channel 4 will broadcast 20 live...

Live streaming platform Viaplay picks up exclusive rights to home nations football from 2024

All UEFA fixtures involving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be shown on the platform in four year dealNordic Entertainment (NENT) Group's Viaplay has captured the exclusive rights to show matches involving three home nations in the UK, excluding England, in European qualifiers and the UEFA Nations League. Rights to such fixtures were previously held by Sky Sports but will now be exclusively available on the Nordic live streaming platform from 2024 onwards.The four-year agreement signed between UEFA and Viaplay means that UEFA fixtures involving Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including UEFA qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and...

Interview: Rangers fans talk about the European fairytale, Gio vs Gerrard and this season's star players

The Glasgow club are about to embark on a first European semi final since 2007-08, when they finished as UEFA Cup runners-upThis week is a huge one for Rangers Football Club. On Thursday they travel to the east of Germany to face RB Leipzig in the semi final first leg of the Europa League, before a trip to Celtic Park on Sunday for the final Old Firm Derby of the year, one which they absolutely must win to stand any slim chance of beating their city rivals to the Scottish Premiership title.When Steven Gerrard left the club for Aston Villa...

EFL to allow clubs to discuss the possibility of scrapping the 3pm blackout rule at summer AGM

The rule which prohibits the broadcast of Saturday afternoon games in the EFL could be axed in the coming yearsThe English Football League (EFL) has announced that clubs will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about the possibility of removing the so-called "blackout rule" at the league's Annual General Meeting (AGM) this summer, Sporticos has learned.The rule was brought into place in the 1960s and essentially prohibits the broadcast of football matches taking place between 2.45pm and 5.15pm every Saturday. It applies to the Premier League, the EFL, the Scottish Premiership and other leagues in Britain.The reasoning behind the...

Enjoy a £5 free bet on Man City vs Real Madrid with Bet 365

The Champions League semi finals are here and we have a fantastic offer for youEuropean football's elite competition has reached the business end with only four teams remaining in the fight for the UEFA Champions League. Two English and two Spanish sides make up the semi finals this year with arguably the biggest game of the tournament so far coming this Tuesday. Premier League champions Manchester City face the team they eliminated in the 2019-20 edition, but this Real Madrid is stronger and boasting arguably one of the most in-form strikers in the world in Karim Benzema.It should be a...

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Make the most of a fantastic free bet offer for the heavyweight championship showdown at Wembley Stadium on SaturdayIt's the moment you've truly all been waiting for.You can enjoy all the action with a little extra thanks to Bet 365 who are bringing another one of their fantastic offers to the table. New customers can sign up, bet £10 and get £50 back in free bets. Take advantage of this offer right now and place your bets on this weekend’s humungous fight card.How to enjoy this Fury vs Whyte free bet offerCreate a Bet 365 account and make a qualifying...

How to watch Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte this weekend from Arkansas

Huge heavyweight boxing match set for this Saturday at Wembley Stadium in LondonNo hype needed this Saturday as the lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury takes on fellow Brit Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in London for the WBC heavyweight title. It's one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year and millions of fans from across the world will be desperate to tune in and watch the action.But when and how can boxing fans in Arkansas tune in to watch Fury vs Whyte?With the fight happening across the pond, and not in Vegas as you may...

Sky can survive without Premier League football rights, says Sky Sports MD

Jonathan Licht says the company has diversified its content and become more flexible for its customersBroadcasting giant Sky could live without its current access to Premier League football, according to Sky Sports managing director Jonathon Licht, who believes the company has become a content aggregator.   Sky has been broadcasting coverage of English football's top flight in one way or another for 30 years since it first secured domestic TV rights back in 1992. The relationship between the two has been a successful one as both entities have grown in size and stature over the decades since.Embed from Getty ImagesCompetitors have...