Global Sport

UFC’s ‘Fight Island’ Could Become Basketball or Soccer Island

  • Before the first strike is thrown at UFC 251, Abu Dhabi tourism officials are already talking about holding other international sporting events on Yas Island.
  • Fight Island will cost less than the $150 million NBA ‘Bubble’ at Walt Disney World Orlando, say officials.

The return of live sports during the coronavirus pandemic will face another big test as the UFC’s long-awaited ‘Fight Island’ becomes a reality this weekend. The human-made Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi will host UFC 251 and three ESPN Fight Night events from July 11-26. Within the island, the UFC and UAE officials have closed off a roughly 11km-long “safe zone” from the public, including hotels, restaurants, and training facilities.  Fight Island represents […]

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DAZN Expected To Triple Bundesliga Rights in Europe

  • DAZN expected to stream three Bundesliga matches per week from 2021-2025
  • Under four-year deal, DAZN expected to land exclusive rights to Friday and Sunday matches

DAZN is poised to make another big move in international sports media rights. German soccer league Bundesliga is expected to announce Monday that DAZN will start showing three matches per week from 2021-2025, according to sources. Under the four-year deal, DAZN is poised to land exclusive rights to Friday night and Sunday afternoon Bundesliga matches in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  The deal is expected to triple DAZN’s Bundesliga portfolio, said sources. It could mark the largest package of domestic football […]

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2020 Olympics Cancellation Outlook

  • President of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee says cancelation would occur instead additional postponement.
  • The Japan Times reported canceling the game would result in “economic damage” of $42.1 billion.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were already likely among the single largest casualties of the coronavirus outbreak, but there potentially is even more dire news for the Tokyo event. Should the current pandemic threats persist into next summer, the president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, told Nikkan Sports a delay to 2022 would not happen and the games would be outright canceled. Mori noted the Olympic Games have been canceled before during wartime and the world is […]

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Tokyo Olympics Postponed Until Next Year in First-Ever Delay of Games

  • Games of the XXXII Olympiad to be postponed ‘beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021,’ IOC and Japanese Prime Minister Abe say.
  • Postponement is first-ever for an Olympics; Games were canceled at the start of WWI and also in 1940 and 1944 due to WWII.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a conference call this morning in which they announced the postponement of this summer’s Olympic Games, which were set to begin in Tokyo on July 24.  The Games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021 to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” the IOC said in a statement. The decision […]

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Coronavirus Could Cost NBA Players $654 Million in Salary

  • Under current CBA, players could lose 1/92.6th of their salary for every game canceled due to Force Majeure events, including ‘epidemics’
  • CJ McCollum of Trail Blazers tweets: ‘No games, no pay'

NBA players could potentially lose $654 million in pay if the global coronavirus pandemic wipes out what’s left of the 2019/2020 season, according to an estimate by Spotrac. The NBA’s roughly 450 players across 30 teams usually get paid twice a month, though individual contracts vary. However, if there are no games, there are no paychecks.  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suspended the 2019-2020 regular season as of March 11, and expects operations to be shut down for at least 30 […]

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Team USA’s Monica Abbott Growing American Softball Amidst The Sport’s Olympic Return

(BrandForward is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) After a long absence, softball is returning to the Olympics at Tokyo 2020 after last appearing in 2008. Team USA recently named their roster for the event, featuring longtime standout pitcher Monica Abbott. The powerhouse left-handed pitcher has been described as the world’s most valuable player in fastpitch softball, with achievements including 17 different championship titles and recognition as the Most Valuable Player of National Pro Fastpitch and the Japan Professional […]

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Thirteen Years In, NFL’s Popularity Continues To Grow In London

  • Since starting to play regular-season games in London, the NFL has built a base of 13 million fans in the United Kingdom, including 4 million avid ones.
  • Leagues believes creation of the first NFL Academy in London will lead to more British players suiting up for the NFL's 32 clubs.

The NFL recently wrapped this season’s London schedule with its fourth and final game of this season. Based on the results, the league is optimistic about its future in the United Kingdom.  All four regular seasons games sold out at Tottenham Hotspur and Wembley Stadiums this season, drawing a total attendance of 289,041. TV viewership rose 32% in the U.K. during the 2018 season. Weekly ratings for Sky Sports have doubled over the last decade.  London has been such a […]

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NFL Exec: Love Seeing ‘Woke’ NBA Hoisted By Own Political Petard

  • One NFL team official, who declined to be named, said he's enjoyed watching NBA players and coaches publicly bend to the wishes of the Chinese government.

Without question, the past few years have been great for the NBA, while tough for the NFL. While the NBA has ridden a host of marketable stars to position itself as the league of the future, the NFL has been marred by spats with politicians, protestors, fans and its own players. However, when it came to revenues, the $15 billion NFL business remained the king compared to the $7.5 billion business of the NBA. But the NBA has been making […]

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With Olympics Looming, Sponsors Jumping Aboard World Surf League

Surfing will make its debut at the Olympics in 2020. With the sport’s global coming out party in Tokyo less than a year away, corporate sponsors are climbing aboard the World Surf League.  Coming into 2019, WSL already had global sponsors such as Anheuser-Busch and Jeep. With the Olympics on the horizon, the league signed an array of new ad partners this year, including Harley Davidson, Boost Mobile, Red Bull, BFGoodrich and the New York State Division of Tourism. Harley-Davidson, for […]

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USA Captain Blaine Scully Ready To Help Rugby Reach Next Level in America

(BrandForward is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to get underway in Japan bringing the sport’s best of the best together to compete for the Webb Ellis Cup. For the USA National Team, they take the field at an important time for the sport in America. Participation in rugby is on the rise and youth players look to athletes like USA wing and captain Blaine Scully.  “We tend to think in four-year cycles […]

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