Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Soccer’s bigwigs are betting that the next three-year broadcasting package will fetch even more than the current 5.1 billion pound ($6.9 billion) deal, most of which comes from the pockets of Rupert Murdoch-backed Sky Plc. They hope the content-hungry behemoths of Silicon Valley and Seattle will force the price to ever more ludicrous heights.
- A number of Premier League and English Football League (EFL) clubs have invested in new perimeter technology this season, which gives them the ability to integrate ADI and Supponor’s award winning virtual replacement technology.
- Premier League clubs gathered at the Etihad Stadium last week to highlight the significant anti-counterfeiting programme now run across the League.
- As wearable GPS devices proliferate to lower rungs of professional teams on down to amateur clubs, this accessibility of tracking information can make the average weekend warrior in a recreational league wonder how he or she stacks up against a favored star from the elite European leagues.
- Qatari-owned broadcaster BeIN Media Group has secured a TV rights deal in Australia with the English Football League (EFL) for second-tier Championship soccer matches, as well as the EFL Cup.
- Soccer side Arsenal FC have renewed their deal with health insurance company Vitality, which will now be the Premier League outfit’s official health and wellness partner until 2020.
- BT Sport’s main man doubts digital giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Netflix are ready to try and muscle into the broadcasting-rights market.