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Amazon’s Live Sports Trifecta
Andy Thwaite Aug 10

Amazon’s Live Sports Trifecta

This week Amazon acquired the exclusive live video rights from the ATP in the UK for a reported $13.2M a year deal. This is a big deal as unlike with their deal with the NFL TNF package where they share live rights with terrestrial TV, cable TV and mobile, with the ATP, as an online provider, they are the sole and exclusive rightsholder. more

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TV Led Properties Facing Innovator‘s Dilemma
Andy Thwaite Jul 24

TV Led Properties Facing Innovator‘s Dilemma

Fox Sports founder David Hill recently spoke with SBJ where he highlighted a key problem for the industry, that viewer’s consumption habits are changing but sport broadcasts have stayed the same for decades.
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The Facebook, Google Digital Duopoly
Andy Thwaite Jul 6

The Facebook, Google Digital Duopoly

The digital advertising market is dominated by Facebook and Google, with a reported 85% of new ad dollars going their way this year. Their dominance is based on two things, their scale to reach a massive audience and their data on users to enable targeted ads to them. more

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NBA Making TV for Snapchat’s Millions
Andy Thwaite Jun 9

NBA Making TV for Snapchat’s Millions

During the NBA Finals, the league has a deal in place with Snapchat to create exclusive shows for each game. Focusing on behind the scenes footage from the locker room, celebrity and fan reaction, the NBA is telling the story of the Finals to its Snapchat audience. more

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Sustainable Brands Conference: Some Big and Not-So-Big Ideas for Sponsors and Rightsholders
Jim Andrews May 31

Sustainable Brands Conference: Some Big and Not-So-Big Ideas for Sponsors and Rightsholders

As a conference producer, it was a nice treat to join about 2,000 other participants in Detroit for last week’s Sustainable Brands conference and attend an event with no responsibilities other than to listen, learn and share some takeaways. more

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Building Fan Engagement Not Audience Impressions
Andy Thwaite May 26

Building Fan Engagement Not Audience Impressions

Speaking at a recent Media Summit, Turner CEO John Martin explained how Turner was focusing on building “fans” as a means to better monetize their audience.
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Little League Innovation
Andy Thwaite Apr 25

Little League Innovation

Often the industry looks to the large marque properties for examples of best digital practice and innovation, but recent work at the National Lacrosse League illustrates how smaller properties are also leading the way, and on small budgets. more

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No More Growth By Default: Ad Guru’s Advice Also Rings True For Sponsorship Marketers
Jim Andrews Apr 20

No More Growth By Default: Ad Guru’s Advice Also Rings True For Sponsorship Marketers

When Irwin Gotlieb talks, the ad industry listens. The global chairman of WPP’s GroupM, the world’s largest media investment group, yields considerable buying power and influence, as the company he oversees is responsible for placing roughly a third of all media advertising. more

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The Year of Social Broadcasting
Andy Thwaite Mar 23

The Year of Social Broadcasting

There has been a flood of deals this year between properties, broadcasters and the social networks. And not only Facebook and Twitter. Snapchat and Instagram as well as the huge Chinese players like Sina Weibo are all involved. more

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