(CNN)In a time that has seen the #MeToo movement go worldwide, the planet's biggest football competition has provided a moment of sobriety. From Burger King offering women a chance to win $47,000 and free Whoppers for life if they got impregnated by a World Cup player, through to the Argentine football federation publishing a section on "How to pick up Russian women" in its pre-tournament guide for staff and journalists, the specter of sexism and misogyny has never been too far away. On Wednesday, German television channel ZDF took the remarkable step of lodging criminal proceedings against two social-media users who it says targeted Claudia Neumann, one of the channel's leading commentators, with a barrage of sexist abuse. Of the 16,000 journalists accredited to cover the World Cup in Russia, just 14% are women, according to FIFA, the tournament organizer. And for some of those women working in the media at the World Cup, the past couple of weeks have been a challenging experience … [Read more...] about The World Cup sexism that won’t go away — and the female reporters on the front line
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Sam Amick USA TODAY Published 2:31 p.m. UTC Jun 26, 2018 SANTA MONICA – Behold the last stop on the LeBron James bread crumbs tour. If we’re being honest, that’s what the NBA awards show inside a Santa Monica airport was really all about on Monday night. Houston’s James Harden winning MVP was a foregone conclusion. Ditto for Utah’s Rudy Gobert and his Defensive Player of the Year honor. As for the rest of the honors? They pale in comparison to James’ uncertain future. “The only thing better would be if LeBron James actually was here tonight, because he would absolutely break the Internet,” TNT analyst and Hall of Famer Reggie Miller told USA TODAY Sports. “But look, no one knows (what he’s going to do). I don’t even think right now that he knows.” The event was jam-packed with front office executives, agents and some of the game’s best players, and you couldn’t go more than a few minutes without … [Read more...] about What the NBA Awards show taught us about LeBron James’ free agent future
The fate of AT&T's $85 billion bid to acquire Time Warner is set to be revealed Tuesday afternoon, when a federal judge announces his decision in a case that pits Big Media against the Justice Department. The case is unusual because of the size of the parties involved—and because it's the first time in over 40 years that the government has sued to block a merger of this type. (The last time it did so was in 1977, according to The Hill.) Here's what you need to know. The judge deciding this case previously approved Comcast-NBCUniversal. Judge Richard Leon, who has been on the bench since 2002, made history when he permitted Comcast to acquire NBCU, albeit with conditions. Among those conditions, Comcast agreed to not to gouge competitors who wanted to carry NBC content and that it would not create a service entirely made up of Comcast or NBC content. Those conditions expired earlier this year. The DOJ has pressured Time Warner to sell Turner Broadcasting, which … [Read more...] about AT&T-Time Warner merger: What to watch for on decision day
BT Sport has won the rights to a further 20 Premier League football matches for three years from the start of the 2019-20 season. The network had already secured 32 games earlier in the year, taking its total number of games to 52, up from 42 under its previous contract. By comparison, Sky will own the rights to 128 games through to 2022, which will include Saturday evening fixtures. For the first time, Amazon will become the first internet streaming service to show live Premier League football, after the American giant shattered the long-standing duopoly on Premier League rights held by Sky and BT. It has secured one of two packages of live action from 2019 to 2022, and will show an entire round of midweek games and all 10 matches on Boxing Day. Anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription will have access to all matches. For the 2018-19 season however, starting August 11, footie fans will have to get their fix through Sky Sports and BT Sport only, which … [Read more...] about Sky vs BT vs Now TV: the cheapest ways to watch the 2018-19 Premier League
By April 13, 2018, 2:58 PM EDT Walt Disney Co. introduced its new ESPN+ subscription sports streaming service Thursday, and the reviews so far have focused on the technology and the programming choices.The $5-a-month service will feature over 10,000 live events annually, including daily soccer and baseball games, niche sports such as lacrosse, and lesser-watched college conferences including the Ivy League. It’s a big part of Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger’s efforts to create a direct-to-consumer business around Disney’s massive trove of content.AwfulAnnouncing, a website which covers TV sports, liked the feel and flow of the app, and the 30-day free trial. The reviewer also liked that the service recommends content, although not all of what was flagged was on ESPN+, “so that’s a con.”Read more: Harvard Lacrosse, Fencing for Only $5 a MonthTech website Engadget said ESPN programmers should have included professional video-game competition, … [Read more...] about Early Reviews of ESPN+: Cool App, But Where Are the Video Games?