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Android Round-Up: USA Today; NBA; SearchMe

— USA Today: USA Today has launched a free Android application which will let users access news, weather, photos and interactive polls. Art…

AP And NFL Kick Off Photo Licensing Deal

With newspapers’ ad revenue continuing to plunge, the Associated Press hope to make revenue-sharing deals based on e-commerce a more signifi…

IPL To Be Held In South Africa?

Citing franchisee sources, Indiantelevision.com is reporting that South Africa has trumped England as the venue for the Indian Premier Leagu…

Fantasy Sports Ventures Acquires TheHuddle.com

Fantasy Sports Ventures, which operates a network of over 70 owned and affiliated fantasy sports-related media sites, has announced the acqu…

Mobile ESPN Nabs India Rights To Wimbledon

Now, Indian tennis fans can get rain, racquets and strawberries and cream on their mobiles. ESPN STAR Sports has won Wimbledon mobile rights…

MLBAM Raking in $400 Million A Year

Newsweek has a good story about Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the digital company of MLB, and how it essentially functions independe…

Sports Site Yardbarker Raises Seed Funding

Yardbarker, a sports commentary site based in Berkeley, CA., has completed a round of seed funding led by Russell Siegelman, a partner at Kl…

Some Launches Around The Cricket World Cup

Cricket tournaments like the ICC Champions Trophy and the Cricket World Cup always reminds me of the Superbowl, though I wish the Cricket ad…

NBA Star Launches Mobile Site — Melo Mobile

NBA star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets has released his own branded mobile application — it goes beyond the normal strategy of sell…

Vodafone GSP Launches Soccer Application

Vodafone GSP Prototypes & Pilots has launched a soccer application, according to Computing News. “The Vodafone BundesligaPlayer bundles the…

Sportsvite Completes First Round of Funding

Grace Drive Management, a New York-based investment fund, is providing up to $2 million in first round financing for Sportsvite, a social ne…

CBS’s New Mobile Efforts

CBS has launched some new mobile efforts… There’s a new website of mobile content, CBS Mobile Store, which will offer exclusive mobile con…

Superbowl Cell Phone Fun

Julie Ask at Jupiter Research has a bit of a review on Sprint’s NFL Superbowl mobile content effort. One thing that stood out for me was the…

Sports On Mobile TV

Bruce Renny, group marketing director of ROK Entertainment gave a talk at the Westminster eForum Seminar Series on Mobile Sports Rights, and…

3 Australia’s Cricket Content Does Well

For the first Ashes Test customers of 3 Australia accessed more than 380,000 Ashes Series moments, including more than 270,000 live streams…

Orange Lands Rugby World Cup Deal

Mad.co.uk is reporting that Orange has struck a sponsorship deal with the International Rugby Board (IRB) for next year’s rugby World Cup……

NFL Airplay Live Launches On Sprint

Sprint will offer NFL Airplay Live, a mobile game from Airplay (which has a different take on mobile gaming). “NFL AirPlay Live allows playe…

CSTV Launches Mobile Content

CSTV (College Sports TV) has launched a mobile alerts service of scores and sports headlines. The channel also offers college sports-themed…

Cricinfo Mobile Launches Trivia Game

Cricinfo Mobile has launched “Cricinfo Trivia Champ’, report EFY Times and The Hindu Business Line.

The game has been deveoped by Dhruva i…

Golf Digest Mag Goes Mobile

Gofl Digest Magazine has launched a mobile web application with Go2 which provides its rankings of golf course, equipment, retails, as well…

CBS Launches Sports Service

CBS Digital Media has launched “a sports alerts service that sends breaking news, headlines and fantasy updates, including video and picture…

GoTV Targets Fantasy Sports Fans

GoTV Networks has launched a mobile TV channel dubbed Fantasy Sports Edge. “In addition to providing up-to-the-minute sports news, Fantasy S…

IndyCar Races To Get Mobile

The IndyCar Series has announced plans to offer mobile content to fans from September 22nd. The content will cover the IndyCar Series, Indy…

Sunil Gavaskar Plans To Blog!

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar is planning a cricket blog. Little Master told a bloggers’ conference in Chennai: –

Alltel’s Content Offensive Through Football

U.S’s #5 mobile carrier Alltel’s kicking it up a notch on all fronts: first a big ad campaign on TV these days, and now adding mobile conten…

Nimbus To Line Up Three Sports Channels

Indiantelevision.com: The much-awaited sports channels from Nimbus Communications are round the corner. The Mumbai-based sports marketing an…

France Moves Forward in Mobile TV Legislation

France is moving, seemingly quite slowly, towards broadcast mobile TV, with the French Council of Ministers approving the draft bill on the…

Football World Cup: Some Online Numbers

The final tally on online and mobile viewers might take some time to compile by the research firms, but some revenues and other numbers from…

No Mobile Use

Just noticed something interesting about the World Cup photos up on Reuters, they’re all labelled “FIFA RESTRICTION – NO MOBILE USE”. Which…

World Cup – Mobile TV Looks Sharp At Games

After a couple of bad reports of the mobile TV service at the FIFA World Cup (such as this one) here’s a positive review, more or less: “It’…

3D Animated Football Shorts…As Ads

Animalada has created a series of comedic 3D animated video shorts to sell via mobile…they’re called Big Shot and are about football (whic…

World Cup Promotion For Opera Mini

Opera Software is offering a World Cup edtion of Opera Mini, Opera Mini Goal 06, as a free download (or via a $2.99 SMS with AT&T and Cingul…

Mobile Phone Networks Face Football Overload

Another “Be Prepared” message for the mobile industry…videomail firm Mobeon is predicting that people at the World Cup will send over thre…

Worldspace Too Joins FIFA Bandwagon

DNA: Satellite-based digital radio services company WorldSpace has signed up with BBC and Trans World International (TWI) for broadcasting F…

Amp’d Revs Up MotoGP Package

One of the serendipities Amp’d has going for it is that the places it wants to sponsor to attract customers also have content it wants to pr…

Rival Mobile TV Trials Going Live in Germany

Two rival mobile TV formats will go live in trials in Germany, in time for the upcoming Football World Cup there next month:
— DVB-H mobile…

World Cup Boost In Nigeria

Messenger, a news service for mobile phones, has launched in Nigeria. Standard fare, but seen as a way to inform the public. “Speaking with…

Rogers Teams Up with World Cup

Rogers Wireless has signed a deal with Infront Sports & Media, FIFA’s worldwide electronic media distribution partner for the 2006 FIFA Worl…

UK Newspaper Sites Duke It Out On World Cup

The world’s biggest one-sport tournament, the Football World Cup, is about to kick-off in less than a month in Germany, and UK newspaper sit…

World Cup No Boon For Mobile TV

A panel at FT’s Mobile Conference 2006 has downplayed predictions that the FIFA World Cup to be held in Germany in a few months (Go you Auss…

WWE Mobile Service Announced

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced its mobile content package… The basic package will feature at least 75 videos per month,…

Lufthansa Aims For Mobile Football Content

Lufthansa (which is the official partner of the German Soccer Association (DFB) and of record-holding champion club FC Bayern Munich (FCB))…

Sports Radio on Mobiles, by MSpot

Mobile audio and video provider MSpot is cutting deals with sports radio services to provide them on the phone: among them, CBS Corp. and Cl…

EA Extends FIFA Rights Until 2014

EA has extended its licensing deal with FIFA for games based on the federation from 2007 through to 2014. This includes mobile and online ga…

World Cup To Give Mobile Video A Big Kick

Nokia — and probably many others in the industry — are banking on the FIFA World Cup giving mobile video a push-start. I don’t think it wi…

Exclusive Sports Right Don’t Mean Much

This is a very significant trend, which you’ll probably see happening in U.S. as well, where leagues have and will see their grip on the rig…

Selling Content Via Commodities

It started off with wallpapers and ringtones, then went on to themes for mobile phones. Now companies are adding unique content to other com…

Weathernews Offers Stadium Images

Weathernews has added an interesting service for baseball fans — the ability to view images of popular baseball stadiums with weather infor…

MLB.com Goes Beyond Sports; Gets Into Music

Major League Baseball’s online unit, MLB Advanced Media, is becoming more of a digital media services and delivery firm, from being just an…

The Making Of A Media Moghul

Business Standard: If you are looking at a recent success story in media industry on how to think big, read this article on Harish Thawani o…

Yahoo’s Mobile App For FIFA World Cup

Yahoo will launch a Mobile MatchCast client app for the football World Cup in Germany later this year. Boston-based mobile applications comp…

Volvo Ocean Race Pleased With Mobile Portal

The Volvo Ocean Race is pleased with the response to its mobile portal, clocking up over a quarter of a million page downloads to date. “The…

Google & Nike Tie Up For Football Community

This is interesting, if only because Google is taking Yahoo head on in the soccer/football community: It has tied up with Nike to quietly la…

Formula1 Goes Mobile

Possibly the fastest race in the world has crawled onto the mobile with the launch of a Text and Picture Messaging Service from Forumal1.com…

Logia Brings Out World Cup Mobile Content

Logia is adding FIFA World Cup mobile content to its roaming service, so tourists who roam with networks which use Starhome Roaming Mate wil…

Football (Soccer) Content Gearing Up

The Foodball (Soccer) World Cup is fast approaching (go Aussies) and the mobile content is beginning to appear with startling regularity…M…

And The Olympics Outside U.S…

While we still suffer the interminably boring coverage from NBC (both on TV and online), Tim Westcott from Screen Digest tells me that in UK…

FIFA World Cup Games Live On Swiss Phones

This is kinda crazy to do it so early, but indicative of things to come: FIFA has signed an exclusive agreement with Swiss operator Swisscom…

A Review Of NBC’s Mobile Winter Olympics

This is a pretty details review of NBC’s Winter Olympics mobile coverage, complete with screen caps. It doesn’t sound like they’ve perfected…

U.S. Olympic Team Ice Hockey Mobile Phone Game

With the Winter Olympic Games officially starting I-play has launched ‘U.S. Olympic Team Ice Hockey’, “the only mobile phone game licensed b…

Mobile Cricket Score Rights Cause Problems

On Dec 29 last year the Pakistan Cricket Board gave exclusive global SMS rights to cricket matches involving the Pakistan Cricket team to Ve…

Brands In Mobile Content

Starwave, a subsidiary of Disney, has scored five new licensing deals for mobile content. Some of these are reasonably obvious — Happy Tree…

Almost Catching Super Bowl on The Road

Updated..read below: It is great to be flying on Super Bowl…no traffic to LAX and then empty lines at the airport check-in as well as an e…

Germany To Miss World Cup Broadcast On Mobile

Broadcast mobile TV won’t be ready in Germany in time to handle the Football World Cup according to an executive from German telco Deutsche…

ESPN To Launch At Superbowl

ESPN will officially launch its MVNO on Superbowl Sunday with a 60-second ad. I think it’s the best way to promote a sports-focused MVNO……

NFL: SuperBowl On Mobiles

Thanks to its Super Bowl XL sponsorship Sprint has scored some mobile content from the event, including:
–Live, ‘front-row seats’ to Super…

College Cheerleaders On Mobile Phones

Smartphones has signed a deal to put college cheerleaders on mobile phones. It has secured exclusive mobile content rights with many leading…

Mobile Adver-Gaming Promotes Australian Open

Channel 7 has signed up Hyro Limited and AURA Digital to showcase their involvement with the Australian Open by using mobile adver-gaming co…

Deal Signed For Beach Volleyball Content

New Motion, the operator of MobileSidewalk, has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
As part of the dea…

NFL Mulling Putting Games Online

And it better be thinking on those lines: National Football League is considering putting some of its regular-season games exclusively onlin…

Sports.co.uk Mobile Site Launched — Really

TEAMtalk Media, part of ukbetting plc, has joined forces with InfoMedia Services to launch Sports.co.uk, a new mobile content downloads chan…

In-Store Mobile Performance

Hutchison and Vidzone have teamed up in the UK to produce a live in-store performance by hip-hop artist Sway which was available for downloa…

Sky Goes Mobile (PDF)

Sky has launched a mobile service in the UK, which is included in the subscriptions of Sky digital customers in the UK and Republic of Irela…

UrbanWorld And Ringtones

UrbanWorld Wireless has hit one million ringtones in sales… A lot of these were “Made From Scratch” ringtones which are created by hip hop…

MSpot Launching Sports Radio Service

MSpot has launched a new service for Sprint customers… Mspot Sports. The $5.95/month subscription provides 24-hour live feeds of sports ra…

Ki-Bi Signs Football Content Deal With Orange

Ki-Bi has signed another deal for its mobile content cards, this one with UK operator Orange for cards containing mobile content based on th…

Proteus Teams with FUEL TV For Mobile Content

Proteus has been tapped by Fuel TV to handle the mobile aspects of its series “The Daily Habit”, which targets actions sports enthusiasts.
T…

Sports Fans Could Drive Mobile Video — Execs

I’d say it’s highly likely that sports will drive uptake of of mobile video (or at least play a big part in it) since people are so fanatica…

ESPN Phone Goes On Sale Online

(via Phonescoop) It started today…the Mobile ESPN phone can be bought online on its website, and will work whereever Sprint is…
The pho…

GoTV Scores NFL Gig

Sprint Nextel — which signed a $200 million exclusive with the US National Football League for mobile content back in August — had gotten…

NBA Launches Ad-Supported Broadband Service

Is this a precursor to other leagues launching more extensive ad-supported service too? MLB? We’ll see..anyway NBA s launching NBA TV Broadb…

ESPN’s “Intelligent Risk”

If you haven’t been following our in-depth coverage of ESPN’s mobile service launch (on our sister site MocoNews.net), then this is a good p…

Update on ESPN Phone Pricing

Manish Jha, the head honcho of the Mobile ESPN MVNO service, e-mailed me about my comment yesterday on the pricing on the ESPN phone, which…

Different Sports Sites Get Different Audiences

Telephia has reported that there are ethnic differences between mobile sports sites… “CNN-Sports Illustrated’s Audience Has a High Concent…

The ESPN Phone Costs $500

Wow, so this is true…Mobile ESPN, the MVNO service launched in four test cities today, is retailing its Sanyo handset for $500, something…

Mobile ESPN: Pricing Details

Some details on the ESPN MVNO launching in four test markets Nov 1 (Austin, Minneapolis, Reno, and San Antonio): the data/content services w…

Cell Phones Put Sports Just A Wrist Flick Away

“Sports nuts are famously information-ravenous. They crave the latest scores now, even when minding the kids at Chuck E. Cheese’s, trailing…

Sports Content Big Play For Carriers

(sub. req.) WSJ has a story on how big U.S. carriers are making sports a focal point of their marketing strategy, and of course, sports cont…

MLB To Stream Games on Mobiles By Next Year

I would bet it would be on MediaFlo or DVB-H systems, when they get launched…Major League Baseball hopes to begin streaming live video in…

PA Sports Buys Mobile Sports Agency Sportev

London-based mobile sports agency Sportev has been snapped up by UK sports news and information giant PA Sport. It signals PA Sport’s intent…

Freechasing Mobile TV

Yamgo has signed up SportsBrandedMedia to promote its “extreme sports mobile TV series Freechasing and its mobile content production and pub…

Torino 2006 — Winter Olympic Game

i-Play has landed a partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive licensee of the International Olympic Committee (I…

French Mobile Rights Deal For World Cup

For France only: French mobile operator SFR has snagged an exclusive rights deal for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The mobile telephony rights gi…

BBC Inviting 3G Football Video

Football fans will soon be able to send in 3G video messages with their opinions on the crucial England internationals and home games to the…

Mobile Debut Of Sports Rally, Ahead of TV

This should be an interesting experiment to watch…similar to ringtones or songs being pre-released on mobile earlier than radio or store d…

ESPN: In The Zone

BW’s latest issue has a big cover on ESPN..and the main story is a paean to ESPN boss George Bodenheimer. I still have to wade through the s…

Sports Videos On Mobiles

Premium TV has signed an exclusive deal to screen clips from the World Rally Championships (WRC) to mobile phones before they are shown on T…

MLB.com’s IPO Nixed, For Now

(via Alan Meckler) Apparently, MLB Advanced Media, which we’ve reported before as heading for an IPO, won’t be doing so anytime in the near…

Yahoo Blitzes Fantasy Foes

A good story about Yahoo’s efforts in fantasy sports and how others are reacting..and since Yahoo’s is an ad-supported model, it is forcing…

The ESPN Phone

The ESPN Phone: It is a piece of beauty…I had a quick go at the ESPN booth at CTIA. Very cool black and red form factor, and crazy cool U…

Sports: Next Frontier For Mobile Video

A good overview story about mobile sports issues in UK, especially related to video. Football is the most important game in town in the spor…

Arsenal Launches Mobile Portal in UK

The Arsenal football team, UK mobile network owner O2 and mobile aggregator Mobix Interactive have developed a new mobile portal to enable U…

Cricket Surpasses Football Online

I have said this before to anyone who cares to listen: Cricket, man, cricket. Snicker if you will, but it is a huge business opportunity, es…

Glu Mobile Extends NFL Service

Glu Mobile has redesigned its site for FOX Sports Mobile and added some things, including graphical and delivery enhancements to football Ga…

Mobile Operators Switch Sponsorship To Music

Mobile companies are switching their sponsorship from sports events to music festivals in the belief that it offers a better window into the…

Mobile Services Will Be Winner Of The World Cup

The mobile industry is going football mad in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup 2006, the main reason being the potential $8.4 billion in con…

Sportal Lives Again As Online Channel

UK’s sports website Sportal was relaunched yesterday as a 24-hour, live online TV channel…the site has some storied history during the boo…

Baseball Sites Top in Sports Sites Survey

Which is not really a surprise, if you consider how active MLB’s online unit has been…a group of 40 researchers at UMass conducted its thi…

Sprint Inks Exclusive Deal on NFL Content

Updated: read below:
Sprint has finalized its deal with NFL for a five-year deal to become the league’s official wireless sponsor. No finan…

270K Sign-Ups For 3G Footy

3UK has said it has more than 270,000 registrations for its football service ahead of the kick-off of the new Premiership season this weeken…

Sports and Mobile Sponsorships

A good story on the changing face of sports sponsorships and rights: Five years ago, mobile phone operators judged the value of sponsoring a…

NBC Sports To Launch Mobile Games

NBC Sports, the sports division of TV giant NBC Universal, has signed an exclusive deal with AEGF Mobile Games, a partnership between Abando…

NFL Deal for THQ Wireless

THQ Wireless has renewed its deal with the NFL to produce football-themed products for mobiles. Among the products will be an arcade-style N…

Sports.co.uk Portal Goes Mobile

In UK, TEAMtalk Media, the content division of ukbetting, has teamed up with Monstermob to re-launch its sports.co.uk brand to mobile users.…

Horseracing Live on Mobile Phones

SmartVideo is signing deals aplenty these days: it has entered into a revenue sharing partnership agreement with The National Raceline to s…

MLB.com Launches Game Section

MLB.com has luunched a games section on its site called MLB Arcade. In addition to MLB.com-developed original games, it offers other favorit…

No MVNO For NFL, MLB

This is from our sister site MocoNews.net: Sports might seem like a natural fit for MVNOs but execs from the National Football League and Ma…

MES: No MVNO For NFL, MLB

Sports might seem like a natural fit for MVNOs but execs from the National Football League and Major League Baseball explained during the sp…

Mobile Sports

There’s quite a few announcements concerning mobile sports around today…
Smartphones Technologies and Collegiate Images announced mobile c…

Sprint Launches Teen-Created Mobile Content

Varsity Media Group has gone mobile and convinced Sprint to offer Varsity Mobile — which “targets the large contingent of teenagers with mo…

Tiger Woods Ringtones

Tiger Woods — arguably one of the world’s most successful sportsmen — has released some voicetones…yet another link in the Woods franchi…

A Few Mobile Games From This Week

A number of interesting games have it the mobile shelf this week…
Picturephoning has blogged the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland…

Canadian Football League On U.S. Mobiles

Canadian Football League (CFL) news and scores will now be available in U.S. The service is developed for the CFL by Setanta Media, and will…

Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Mobilizes

The Discovery Channel has teamed up with Proteus and Capital Sports and Entertainment to launch mobile content based on the Discovery Channe…

Canadian Football League Goes Mobile

The Canadian Football League (CFL) is launching a raft of mobile content services in the US to promote the league. “The service is developed…

Champions League To Webcast Online in Europe

In what is a very important development in the world of digital sports, European soccer governing body Uefa is requiring that any media enti…

MLB Advanced Media’s Three Screen World

Looks like MLB’s digital media arm will not IPO anytime soon..that’s from Bob Bowman, president and CEO of MLB Advanced Media, in this story…

ESPN Video on MobiTV

ESPN has signed on to MobiTV, the mobile video service…it will provide sports news, fantasy sports updates, college sports, X Games highli…

@ VOD Summit: Subtractive Mentality

(by Dorian Benkoil) Call me nuts, but I think the new media paradigm is additive. Consumption begets more consumption. Rather than ownership…

Extreme Sports MVNO To Launch in UK

Extreme Sports Channel in Britain is launching an MVNO, with network rented from Vodafone..this will be the first TV-related MVNO in UK. The…

Sky Launches Mobile News Service

BSkyB is the latest broadcaster to move onto mobile phones, offering a Sky Mobile downloadable application to newer handsets.
“Along with…

Sorrent Renames Itself As Glu Mobile

Sorrent (which recently bought Macrospace) has decided to combine and rebrand both companies as Glu Mobile, in the hope that it will “create…

Amp’d Signs Deal With Primedia

Amp’d, the youth-oriented MVNO scheduled to launch later this year, has signed a content deal with publisher Primedia. In keeping with its…

Six Contract Wins And

DA Group, which creates avatars, has announced six new contracts, although it has refused to detail who the contracts were with. The descrip…

Soccer and Lacrosse and Horse Racing…Oh My…

Sports has always promised to be big on mobile phones, if only because it tends to be big everywhere. We have a few new games this week, and…

UK Football Broadband Offers Are Spreading

Following Manchester United and Chelsea’s lead, Scottish Premier League Hearts will offer Hearts Broadband with Viatel; the commuications co…

Oops: MLBAM Suspends Nationals.TV Offer

Never mind. Turns out MLBAM isn’t actually sure whether it has the rights to stream games live in the local market so would-be Nationals.TV…

MLBAM Launches Nationals.TV

Update: See Oops: MLBAM Suspends Nationals.TV Offer

In a first-time move, Major League Baseball is allowing in-market, no blackout viewing…

SportsTicker Announces Agreement with 4INFO

SportsTicker, ESPN’s instant sports news and information service, announced an agreement with mobile search company 4INFO to provide real-ti…

Grand National Streamed Live To 3 Network

Mobile operator 3 is offering its customers the ability to watch the Grand National on their mobiles, marking the first ever live TV stream…

Mobile Sports Revenue To Double In 2005

Juniper Research has predicted that the revenue from sports video clips and SMS-updates on mobile phones will double to US$1.3 billion in 20…

MLB Responds To Fox

(by Staci D Kramer @ paidContent.org) Yesterday, Fox cable head Tony Vinciquerra expressed his frustration with MLB’s plans to deliver mobil…

Amp’d Mobile Sponsors Extreme Athletes

Content-heavy MVNO Amp’d – which will launch later this year – has formed a team of athletes in surf, snow, skate and…

Cingular Offers Live BaseBall Audio

Major League Baseball continues its move to mobile phones with a deal with Cingular to offer live audio feeds to its games. Why not video? I…

Jamdat Hits Home Run

Jamdat has scored the exclusive rights to develope Major League Baseball branded mobiles games, mooted earlier this month. “The extended mul…

Major League Baseball On Mobiles

m-Qube has teamed with with Major League Baseball (MLB) Advanced Media to offer mobile content on the sport, or specifically on each of the…

Fox Sports To Launch 24-Hour Mobile Channel

Fox Sports has expanded its content play in the wireless space, with SmartVideo to launch a 24-hour sports-video channel designed for smartp…

MLB Tries For The Fences

The teams may still be in spring training but MLBAM is in playoff form. Over the next few days, the interactive arm of MLB plans a spate of…

Norwegian TV Airs Live From Mobile Phone

So this is not TV on mobile, but mobile video on traditional TV….Norway’s state broadcaster NRK claimed its test mobile transmission from…

New brands on the mobile…

Discovery channel comes to mobiles: The Discovery Channel has hit mobile phones, with a portal that will “provide content from all of Discov…

Broadband Wises Up – And Gets Violent

On Sky’s decision in UK to close its broadband subscription service and focus on sports…”Because 90 percent of the time people will not pa…

Follow the Vendee Globe on your mobile

Fans of the round-the-world yacht race Vendee Globe will be able to follow the race on their mobile phone. The Offshore Challenges boat has…

Sky News Cans Broadband Subscription Service

In UK, Sky News is dropping its broadband subscription service this week and instead making its online video footage available for free. The…

ESPN Testing Video For Handhelds

ESPN is testing new video services for wireless portable devices…John Zehr, ESPN Mobile’s VP of product development, said the sports news…

MLB Info Via AOL IM

Why is it that only MLB cares enough to take digital media seriously…maybe Nascar to some extent. But rest are just sleeping at the wheel,…

XM Satellite Wins Baseball Deal

In a big win, XM Satellite Radio has signed a long-term broadcast deal with Major League Baseball costing $650 million over 11 years…

Wi-Fi in Sports Stadiums: The Detractors

(reg. req.): It’s a quandary for modern professional sports: Teams and venues are rolling out high-tech perks like Internet connections, but…

Why They Want Manchester United

A fascinating story about the control of UK’s famed soccer club Manchester United. Why does a U.S. milionaire wants to control it? The answe…

Nextel, NASCAR Thrive Under New Partnership

Integrating the mobile phone and content to promote Nascar, and of course, Nextel…the themed phones comprise a small percentage of Nextel’…

Media Titans Battle Over Italian Soccer TV

A fascinating battle to watch from the sidelines, if nothing else…Berlusconi vs. Murdoch.
Mediaset, controlled by Italian Prime Minister S…

Sports Drive IP Video Subscription Services

I’ve said this before: target immigrant populations for IP-delivered sports: Who’d have thought that one of the factors driving the consumer…

Let the fantasy sports games begin–at work

Fantasy sports have burst into the mainstream and are a big draw for Web companies…but the popular diversion could cost businesses money a…

MLB To Launch 99 Cents Video Download Store

The 99-cent meme is going beyond music…AOL/Movielink have tried a promo for 99 cent movies before..now MLB Advanced Media, the interactive…

Giants to Offer Wi-Fi Instant Replays

This is funky: SBC Park, home of the San Francisco Giants (already a giant wireless hotspot) plans to offer Wi-Fi users instant replays on d…

MLB’s Batting Wireless

MLB.com is expanding its focus to wireless opportunities – inside and outside the park…besides its mobile content program, it is testing a…

M-Pedia releases wireless golf application

Mobile entertainment publisher M-Pedia has released ScoreBuddy, a mobile golfing app in partnership with Golf Magazine. It is available to V…

Fantasy Sports Lures AOL, Electronic Arts

(sub. req.): WSJ discovers fantasy sports…big money spinner online. This year’s new entrants include AOL, and Electronic Arts, the largest…

The Audience Splinters–And the Crowd Roars

Look at MLB as an example, Paul Kagan exhorts us…”Technology has sliced the common denominator to ribbons, and pro teams essentially are c…

ESPN Launching College Sports Initiative

ESPN is going to the overdrive in its 25th year, with a university initiative called ESPNU, that includes a new 24-hour TV network and conte…

Sports Stadiums And Wi-Fi

An interestig interview with Andrew Doe, CEO of UK WiFi access company Sports Port. “WiFi is a great way of collecting content and potential…

3 UK Benefits From Football

3 UK is experiencing strong uptake of its football news and video clips service since the start of the new Premier League season. On the fir…

Gaelic Games Live Online

The 2004 Gaelic Games fans abroad will now be able to watch football and hurling matches over the internet, following an agreement between s…

AOL Ties Up With PGA

A few months after PGA severed its deal with RealNetworks, it has signed on with AOL, to provide complimentary video for AOL Broadband subsc…

Killer Desktop Apps: Sweet ESPN Motion

A review of ESPN Motion, the desptop video app from ESPN.com…tn 18 months, Motion has generated over 3 million downloads.

Trying Out Cricket Online

I’m ODing on all kinds of sports, and I’m not just talking about the Olympics. I’ve been watching the Holland Cup Cricket online, courtesy o…

Fox Sports To No. 2 On Web

MSN has done the trick for FoxSports.com…it is No. 2 now, behind ESPN.com, in latest traffic figures…
Related: ESPN Booted Off MSN; FoxS…

AOL kicks off free fantasy sports

America Online has begun offering free online fantasy-sports games to its paying members and outside Web users..the new service is called Fa…

Samsung launches SGH-E316 for Olympics

Samsung is capitalizing on its Olympic sponsor status with a new AT&T Wireless handset, configured to access Olympic content.

Sportev To Partner With FA Premier League

Following a global evaluation of the key mobile solutions providers, the UK’s football sports league FA Premier League has appointed Sportev…

Big Numbers Behind Fantasy Football

Fantasy sports is big business, and sports sites are courting users in a big way..NFL Internet Network, which co-hosts the Web’s most popula…

Sports Leagues Vary in Online Offerings

How U.S. sports leagues are trying to keep the webcasts and video to themselves…the main exception is the National Football League, which…

Nokia Pitches Baseball To Phones

Don’t get too excited yet: the deal is only on the $300 (after rebate) Nokia 6600 handsets, currently supported only by T-Mobile. The agreem…

SportsLine’s Levy Staying Put For Now

According to this story, Michael Levy, CEO of Sportsline, the company in process of being bought out by Viacom, will stay as long as the com…

MLB.com To IPO In October?

MLB Advanced Media, the interactive arm of MLB, has been itching to go independent for a few years, and renewed IPO talk has been floating a…

Viacom to Buy Rest of SportsLine.com

So Viacom was sick of playing the hide and seek game: it has bought out the rest of Sportsline, in a $46 million deal–$1.75 a share cash–s…

AJC’s Launches Premium Sports News Blog

(via Steve Rubel) This is the first such effort of its kind for newspapers: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has launched AJC Sports Plus, a…

Fantasy Sports Games Are Drugs

Well, not exactly, but the experience is addictive, according to a new study by Comscore. The study revealed that an average of 4.7 million…

Japan Trials The Future Of Live Sport

The future of live sport is on trial in Japan where large scale wi-fi networks are delivering live video and data to large audiences at moto…

EU Probes New Media Content Battle

This is a development with huge implications for new media sports right in EU and hopefully some trickle down affects in rest of the world i…

Sports Rights And 3G/Wireless Adoption

Why are sports rights so important for mobile technology? Mario Monti, European Commissioner for Competition Policy lays it out very well in…

Viacom Offers to Buy Sportsline.com

CBS Sportsline, whose fate I’ve been following very closely, said today that Viacom made a $40 million offer to buy the remaining portion of…

FoxSports.com on MSN Launches Thursday

Microsoft’s MSN and FoxSports.com will unveil their co-branded sports site this Thursday, dumping ESPN. MSN in May announced a deal with Fox…

Ritz Buys InsideSportfishing.com

Ritz Interactive has acquired InsideSportfishing.com, a fishing enthusiast site.
Ritz is an e-commerce network that includes RitzCamera.com,…

Sports Meets IT: eWeek’s Special Report

eWeek does a special report on how sports is being affected by IT…a good compendium of stories. Read the first one, on how MLB.tv is usin…

YES Network To Launch Broadband Video App

YES Network, the Yankees sports TV network, will launch a broadband video application later this month. Powered by Wavexpress’ WX technology…

Sport Will Bring In The Broadband Users

Kinda obvious, but true..in UK, broadband providers are crying out for material, and football (soccer) is once again the solution…”Broadba…

More Dilutions At Sportsline

Check this 8-K from Sportsline…2.56 million shares, valued at about $2.67 million, issued to NFL Enterprises…

Sirius Banking on Sports

(sub. req.) Sirius Satellite Radio is bolstering its programming lineup to take on rival XM Satellite in the race for subscribers.
It has si…

MLB.com Launches PPV Baseball Games Online

MLB.com has done its users a huge favor: it has launched a pay-per-view version of its online video streaming of baseball games. Fans can no…

Baseball Hits a Homer Online

MLB.com and its recent aggressive forays into distribution and broadband content deals is a case study for other leagues to follow…
MLB.co…

Boston.com Buys Red Sox Sports Website

I’m surprised why more newspaper portals have not done this before: Boston.com, the local portal for boston area and online presence of Bos…

The First True Digital Olympics?

It promises to be the first true digital Olympics, where camera phones and digital cameras may make it difficult for the official media broa…

Hoopmasters: Courting Success

An interetsing case study on Hoopmasters, an information site on high school sports talent… The subscription site publishes information on…

Second-Tier Sports Leagues and Broadband

An interesting story in UK on how the second-tier soccer league is trying to attract fans using broadband, as the premier league becomes exp…

Watch a 3-Hr Baseball Game in 45 Mins

That’s now possible, due to a new technology from a Sharp Electronics spinoff, called Sharp Technology Ventures.
The first technology to co…

ESPN To Launch Mobile Fishing Brand

Not as fishy as it sounds… ESPN and mobile content developer Dwango North America have tied up to launch “Bass-branded” mobile entertainme…

Will Earthlink Be the Premium Sports ISP?

It is launching its Earthlink Premium Sports package today, in association with technology/content provider Synacor…see this page…
The s…

Take Me Out To The Webcast?

On MLB.com recent deals with MSN, AOL, and three other broadband ISPs: “Media execs also figure they’ll snag plenty of viewers at the workpl…

SportsLine.com’s Blocked Shot

Again, Fool.com is not too happy about SportsLine’s recent “informal” investigation by SEC.
“It’s a shame because SportsLine was starting to…

MLB’s Content on Mobiles Too

After cutting deals with MSN, AOL and three cable ISPs, MLB.com is now gunning for distribution on wireless devices…
It isn’t exactly stre…

Microsoft nixes sports video games

Microsoft said it will not release new versions of its sports video games this fall in a move Wall Street saw as opening the door to deeper…

Sun’s Winning Pitch for Baseball

Sun Microsystems has announced a two-year, $25 million contract extension Tuesday with Major League Baseball’s online arm that includes data…

ESPN Launches Branded X Games Phone

ESPN will launch an X Games branded mobile phone, in association with Single Touch Interactive…. The new phone with pre-paid service aimed…

March Madness Begets Pain

(sub. req.): The NCAA plan to stream the college basketball games–in assocation with Sportsline.com–hits a few hiccups.. Duke’s second-rou…

Is MLB.com Worth $1Bn or $2 Bn?

What’s a $1 billion here or there? NYT, which first report on MLB’s online division pondering an IPO, said that the division is being valued…

Details of AOL’s Deal With MLB

AOL Broadband members will receive access to these MLB.com’s games and other content at no additional cost….
Related: MLB To Distribute Th…

MLB.com May IPO; Sell Minority Stake

(reg, req.) As I have mentioned before, the IPO mania is returning…this time, it may be Major League Baseball’s Internet division, MLB Adv…

Microsoft Pitches Sports for Smart Watches

Microsoft aims to score with sports fans with the launch Monday of its first add-on service for so-called “smart” SPOT watches.
The company…

NCAA Premium Webcasts To Carry Ads

This according to Adweek’s IQ Daily e-mail newsletter….not available online. This webcast package, being launched in conjunction with CBS…

MLB Teams With Akamai

MLB.com will use Akamai Technologies to deliver audio and video of baseball games onto the Internet…Akamai’s content distribution network…

Chelsea Video Clips Through E-Mail

A slightly risky step, if you ask me…what if the e-mail alerts containing the clips or links to it gets filtered out by e-mail filters? Th…

SportsLine.com to Carry Video Ads

SportsLine.com has tied up with Viewpoint to pre-cache and display video ads on the its website…Viewpoint’s technology, called AirTime, en…

Is Online Sports TV Driven?

A point made by Mike Levy, CEO & founder of SportsLine.com: If a sport doesn’t generate ads on TV, there is zero chance that SportsLine will…

Sports Scores on Your Remote

Why? Because you can…Evolve Solutions, a California-based developer of universal remote controls containing free TV listings, has launched…

NBA Courts Technology’s Possibilities

According to this story, NBA has been innovative in its use of technology to promote and develop game coverage. On the premium game theory […

MLB Throws High Heat At Web portals

So apparently Major League Baseball is playing hard ball as it shops its coveted online broadcast rights, after the deal with RealNetworks e…

Squash Tournament To Be Streamed Live

Just another example of how disruptive broadband is to the world of sports…Squash may not be able to get enough coverage on TV, so what do…

Sportsline’s Q4 Revs Up 27% To $22.8M

SportsLine.com Q4 loss narrowed sharply as revenue climbed 27% from the year-ago period, driven by increases in advertising and marketing-se…

EU to Investigate 3G Sports Video Contract

Well, didn’t I say this was controversial and would become a lightining rod: The European Commission has decided to launch a broad investiga…

CBS SportsLine Content on Golf GPS Handhelds

A rather interesting thing on the way to golf…CBS Sportsline.com’s content will now be available on GPS mobile display units…the handhel…

Future bright for sports fans

That’s the consensus on how digital technolgies will change sports viewing… VOD for multiple feeds, real-time scoring and other special pr…

Rivals.com Carves Out Niche

A profile of Rivals.com, the sports site which has carved out a great niche with its college sports coverage… Rivals.com holds more than 8…

Live Sports, Online

(sub. req.): After years of false starts and experimentation, live video of pro and college games is online in a big way. In the splashiest…

MLB.com Subscribers Increase

MLB Advanced Media, the interactive arm of Major League Baseball, announced that it has increased its number of direct subscribers by almost…

UKBetting to Buy Rivals 365?

UK betting/sports concern UKBetting.com is in talks to buy out Rivals 365, the company formed last year by the merger of dotcom shooting sta…

College Sports TV to Acquire OCSN

College Sports Television, an independent sports cable network, is buying out the Official College Sports Network from Student Advantage. OC…

Packer Insider Subs Near 15,000

(By Peter Krasilovsky):Packer Insider, The Milwaukee Journal-Interactive’s oft-cited success story among premium sports newsletters, is near…

Newspaper Sports Sites’ Conundrum

Newspaper spin-off sports sites have been a mixed success and an avid local fan base is merely one of several necessary ingredients for buil…

AOL to Boost Broadband With Football

Umm..that means soccer…AOL UK says it has scored a series of broadcast deals to bring football highlights to its broadband subscribers……

MLB.com’s Hard Data Stance

(Thanks, Robert) This is bound to get controversy in the coming days: MLB is attempting to protect its proprietary data and contending that…

Can Online Sports Hit a Home Run?

If they want to hit home runs online, sports leagues need to focus on their exclusive content. Even then, they must carefully ration how muc…

Cashin’ In On Fantasies

(via Frank Barnako): More than 20 million Americans now play baseball, football, basketball, Nascar and other sports on-line, making fantasy…

SportsLine Fantasy Sports Revs Up

Sportsline, which will report its formal Q3 results later in the month, has reported a a 36-percent gain in its fanatsy sports revenues this…

RealNetworks To Show Rugby World Cup

RealNetworks will provide coverage of 2003 Rugby World Cup, through its RealOne service…the coverage will inclide live audio of every matc…

NBA to Webcast Preseason Game

NBA said it will webcast a preseason game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19, but the league still has no…

SportsLine Changes Deal With AOL Time Warner

SportsLine.com will no longer be promoted by AOL Time Warner and the media conglomerate will refund 1.7 million SportsLine shares as part of…

Football Teams Scoring Big Revenues Online

Both the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are preparing new e-commerce elements to their sites, just as NFL rolls out additional subs…

Take Me Out … to the Webcast

(sub. req.): WSJ tests the various baseball webcasts and other features wihch sites like MLB, Yahoo, ESPN and others are offering…
MLB.com…

The Digital Sports Report

I am working on my first report: “The Digital Sports Report”, and will include online and wireless sports coverage. I figured I have more th…

Sports Fans Turn to Cell Phones

A profile of Celecast, a mobile content/technology company which is enabling college football game commenatry and scores over the cell phone…

Rivals Unite For Mobile Football

Well, the first real controversy in the mobile content arena: Bitter UK telecom rivals Vodafone and 3 have teamed up to win the race for the…

Net Video Subscriptions To Go Mass

Coincidence, but along with OPA’s report today (see below), another report released today by In-Stat/MDR says that digital video subscriptio…

AOL Buys Into Super Bowl

America Online, which only last week lost some exposure when its initials were taken off the name of its parent, will be the presenting spon…

Sports Illustrated Restricts Online Access

Sports Illustrated has placed new restrictions on its online edition…Articles from the magazine and new Web features like weekend sports p…

AOL’s Appeal to Youth

The fresh approach is a bid to hold onto more of its existing subscribers by appealing to their 6-to-12-year-old children with new online ga…

NTT Launches Premium UEFA Site in Japan

NTT, one of the largest telecom companies in Japan, has launched a premium broadband version of UEFA European soccer site in Japanese…The…

America Online Inks NFL Internet Deal

America Online has signed a deal with the National Football League to offer video and audio broadcasts online to AOL subscribers. The agreem…

Sports Fans Pay Up

Sports fans are adopting broadband, and are paying extra to follow teams: “Between 150,000 and 170,000 people subscribe for MLB’s online rad…

Time’s New Web Strategy Pays Off

(subscription required): Time Inc’s strategy to close off their sites to print subscribers only, starting last April, has paid suprisingly g…

Sites See Big Season For Fantasy Sports

Big money to be made in fantasy sport…like, wow. Oh well, August’s dead…
Related:
— Reporting on Online Fantasy Sports
— Sportsline Ex…

Broadband Users Don’t Want The Extras

The subscription-revenue potential of premium content sales to broadband consumers continues to hold more promise than profit, according to…

Soccer Mobiles?

Soccer moms chatting away on soccer phones…kinda.

Will UK Football Fans Pay Online?

From September fans across Europe will be able, for an as yet unspecified fee, to log on to UEFA.com and watch highlights, goals and footage…

NFL Drafts IBM for Video Conversion

The National Football League is teaming with computer maker IBM to convert up to 80 years of pro football films into digital form for player…

The Long-Distance Fan

(subscription required): WSJ on how pro sports leagues are going after an untapped market — fans who can’t come to the games. This includes…

This Digital Sporting Life

A very interesting report by guest contributor Damian Roskill, from the Digital Sports Forum, held yesterday in New York City. Micropayments…

SportsLine Sells Assets, Shares Rise

SportsLine.com has sold its leading gambling enthusiast site, VegasInsider.com, to British company Sports Information, in a move to appease…

Loyalty Badges for Subscription Sites

Sports site Rivals.com has been doing some interesting experiments in loyalty clubs for subscribers. Bobby Burton, VP at Rivals.com, speakin…

Sportline’s Revenues Dip 10 Percent

SportsLine.com (Nasdaq: SPLN) losses have narrowed in Q1, at $9.4 million, compared to $12.3 million loss in the year-ago quarter. But reven…

Sports Content Revenue Soars

A collaborative report from Screen Digest and ArkSports Limited indicates that there will be more than 113 million sports broadband users gl…

SportsLine.com Has a Year’s Staying Power

SportsLine.com, which had about $325 million in losses since 1996, expects the losses dwindling in the year ahead, according to its annual r…

Sports Score Big Online

Whether it’s to view real-time Webcasts or to run their own fantasy team, fans are flocking to the Net — and paying — to get their fix

Yahoo Scores Deal With NHL

Yahoo has begun offering streaming video highlights of National Hockey League playoff games as part of its Yahoo Platinum service, making th…

Fun and Games for WildTangent

Online game publisher WildTangent has announced new agreements with FOXSports, FX Networks and Pepsi International to deliver online games t…

SportsLine.com Issues Stock to CBS

SportsLine.com said 5,454,428 shares of its common stock were issued to CBS Broadcasting, a unit of Viacom. The stock was issued pursuant to…

Can Sports Content Be King?

SportsLine.com may take a hit due to lower ratings for the NCAA. But it is still a dot-com survivor. But the company is not the wisest inves…

Reaching Young Sports Fans Online

“Just as in the offline world, the online Sports category represents an attractive vehicle through which marketers can target highly engaged…

SportsLine’s Levy Discusses CBS Deal

SportsLine.com and CBS announced they’ve amended their investment agreement, deferring certain payments in stock from the sports-news servic…

SportsLine and CBS in Amended Deal

CBS and SportsLine.com said Thursday they have amended their investment agreement, deferring certain payments in stock from the sports news…

Internet Spawns New Wave of Sports Gamblers

The story holds mainly for UK and Europe: online and interactive betting is becoming big in this region, and online sports sites are cashing…

CBS Classic: How to Buy a Dot-Com

An analysis following CBS’s decision to license college sports website out to Sportline. The story of how CBS slowly absorbed SportsLine fo…

Sportsline.com Cuts Links to Gambling

The company will dispose of its VegasInsider.com website and Los Vegas Sports Consultants, producer of widely used betting line data. The de…

Wisden.com and CricInfo Merge, as Expected

Two of the biggest cricket sports sites, Wisden.com and CricInfo.com, have decided to merge, as expected. The merger comes in the middle of…

PGA on Par to Roll

PGA on Par to Roll Out TOURCast: PGATour.com is expecting to roll out TOURCast, a downloadable application to keep on eye on the leaderboard…

Drink Deep of America’s Cup

(second item): The America’s Cup might seem an odd choice for video-game-style coverage, but a New Zealand software developer is betting tha…

FoxSports.com Gets Up Close with Anna

FoxSports.com is peddling Anna K’s exclusive video footage, through RealOne SuperPass subscription service. This is not the SI calendar, but…

CNNSI.com to Become SI.com

CNNSI.com will become SI.com effective February 6, 2003, but will remain part of the CNN online network (CNN.com & CNNMoney.com).

SportsLine Posts First Positive EBITDA

The online sports content specialist lost $8.3 million, compared to a loss of $13.8 million the year-ago period. EBITDA came in at $2.2 mill…

SMS and Its Future Revenue Potential

Robert Marsh, Controller of Telephony Development at Channel 4 Television in the UK talks about the success of SMS TV, its benefits beyond r…

Beyond Location-Based Content

Forget coupons and advertising; the next frontier for location-based wireless services is the location-appropriate downloadable app. Interes…

FoxSports.com Launched Internet VoD Service

FoxSports.com on Lycos will let surfers watch full-length “classic” college football games on demand with the launch of its new classic coll…

How Sky Digital Convinced Users to Pay Up?

Not for online content, but for TV and mobile phone services. “It became clear that, in addition to movies, sport would be the key to persua…

Sports Video Simulation on Cell Phones

Verizon has tied up with FoxSports.com to present visual simulations of live sports events and sports news to Internet- enabled cellphones f…

Jayhawks Go to Pay Model

Steve Klein reports: The University of Kansas will begin charging for streaming audio football and basketball games on its athletic site beg…

MLB.com First Ever Online Televised

MLB.com First Ever Online Televised Game, Even as Strike Looms: Even with the looming threat of a player strike that could cripple its fan b…

Manchester United Football Club Bites

Manchester United Football Club Bites the Bullet: British soccer club Manchester United is relaunching its See Red online football joint ve…

Trade Sports Cards Online, For $3.95 A Month

Sportscardfun.com, a three-year old sports cards trading site, has launched a subscription trading service, where users pay $3.95 a month (o…

FoxSports.com Unveils Subscription Game

FoxSports.com and game maker WildTangent have created a subscription online interactive game called “Hit the Pros,” which makes use of actua…

Cell Phone News/Info Subscription Service

i3 Mobile (Nasdaq: IIIM), which owns the Pronto wireless media content service, has tied up with ScreamingMedia. Under the deal, syndication…

Mazingo Ties Up With SportingNews

Mazingo, a wireless content distribution startup, has tied up with Sporting News Radio to deliver the radio content to its subscribers. Mazi…