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Can Disney Create a Netflix of Sports?

Bob Iger’s plan to launch two streamers — one for family fare, another for ESPN — carries huge stakes for the media giant and the future of the cable bundle itself. Since Disney announced on Aug. 8 that it would ditch Netflix and launch its own over-the-top video channel for family fare, more than $3 billion in market capitalization has ... Read More »

Sports meets biz

Be it politics, sports or business — indeed, in virtually every sphere of human endeavour — we’re all in it to win it. And if there is a formula for “the winning way”, we’d love to be in on it. Eminent sports media personality Harsha Bhogle and his wife Anita, a ‘quant’ researcher who founded the consultancy firm Prosearch, have ... Read More »

TV’s Sports Problem

John Kuczala for Barron’s Are you ready for some football? Amazon.com is. A few months ago, it agreed to pay the National Football League $50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games starting on Sep. 28. That’s five times what Twitter paid for a similar deal last season. For now, streaming is a mere sideshow to television in sports. ... Read More »

NZ sports leader Sir John Graham dies

Sir John Graham has died after a long illness. Former All Black and NZ Rugby president Sir John Graham has died. Sir John died peacefully on Wednesday night after a long illness with cancer. He was 82. Born in Stratford, Taranaki, Sir John played 22 tests for the All Blacks, including three as captain, between 1958 and 1964, and was ... Read More »

Finland Has a Sports Screw Loose

A team from Vihti, Finland, competing in the country’s 20th annual Swamp Soccer World Championships this month in Hyrynsalmi. Their mascot, a badger doll named Jetta, is the one in the cage.CreditJanne Körkkö for The New York Times HYRYNSALMI, Finland — There’s something strange going on in Finland. Over the past few decades, as it has all but disappeared from ... Read More »

Microsoft HoloLens 2 to Sport Custom AI Chip, Company Reveals

HIGHLIGHTS HoloLens 2 will sport a custom on-device AI chip Microsoft aims to be the No.1 AI cloud The HoloLens 2 is expected to launch in 2019 Microsoft has taken another step in the AI direction, by announcing that its next-generation HoloLens augmented reality headset will come with an on-device AI chip. This integrated AI chip will help in faster ... Read More »

Meet 2017’s 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports

1. Jeanie Buss, 55, Lakers President and Governor The Lakers’ controlling owner won a legal battle with her siblings in March to retain control of one of the most high-profile franchises in sports after firing brother Jim Buss … (Photo by Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze) In a region with nine major professional sports franchises, half-dozen Division I universities, an assemblage ... Read More »

Neymar ‘90%’ to leave Barcelona this summer

Neymar’s chances of leaving Barcelona in this summer’s transfer window are “90%”, a source in Spain close to the player has told Sky Sports News. It is understood he has decided to leave the club after becoming increasingly frustrated at “playing second fiddle” to Lionel Messi. “Only a miracle will keep him, he really has made up his mind to ... Read More »

Abhinav Bindra writes to Sports Ministry, suggests athlete helpline

HIGHLIGHTS Indian para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande forced to borrow money in Germany to compete at World Series Bindra’s submission to Goel comes two days after he helped highlight on Twitter the plight of Pande Goel subsequently requested the PCI to submit a report within ten days Abhinav Bindra. (TOI Photo) NEW DELHI: Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist and part ... Read More »

5 POTENTIAL SECOND-HALF MLB STARS

Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday could help their teams in a big way after the All-Star break. (Getty Images) With the 2017 Major League Baseball season on pause for the All-Star break, let’s take a look at which players on contending teams have histories of strong second-half performances. This might portend favorably for their current teams. Mike Napoli, 1B/DH, Rangers ... Read More »