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Sky to stream midweek English Football League games after new £600m TV deal

Sky to stream midweek English Football League games after new £600m TV deal

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Sky will be able to stream midweek Championship matches after agreeing a new £600m five-year domestic rights deal with the English Football League.All EFL clubs will be able to stream midweek league games via their websites if Sky are not broadcasting it live.The contract will run from 2019-2024, with the value of the rights increasing by 36% from the present agreement.Sky will also continue to broadcast the Carabao Cup, Checkatrade Trophy and play-offs until May 2024.Matches played between 14:45 BST and 17:15 BST will continue to be blocked from live streaming.From next season, Sky will be able to offer an interactive service for all midweek Championship fixtures."These negotiations came at what was an incredibly challenging period in the sale and acquisition of sports rights in the UK,"
YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

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"We're average footballers living the professional footballer dream," says Seb Carmichael-Brown, vice-captain of amateur side Hashtag United.The squad is a group of mates, most of whom have day jobs off the pitch which have nothing to do with sport.And yet they have toured the US, Serbia, Ireland and Jersey, had their own kit custom-made by sportswear giant Umbro and average 700,000 views per match. They've also played at the UK's top stadiums including Wembley and the Etihad, as well as the O2 Arena and Everton's training ground. And it's all thanks to a carefully crafted presence on YouTube.Crucially, the team didn't start life as total unknowns. Captain Spencer Owen was already a successful football and gaming YouTuber in his own right, and now has nearly two million followers. "He has...
Fantasy Football 2017: Top 100 running back rankings 2.0

Fantasy Football 2017: Top 100 running back rankings 2.0

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Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Arizona Cardinals star David Johnson is our top fantasy football running back for 2017, followed by scores of other prolific ball carriers.After Johnson and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell come off of the board, you'll need to be read up on the league's top runners in the best positions to succeed.That is why, at UPI, we have ranked our top 100 running backs, in standard format, for your 2017 fantasy football draft kit.SCROLL DOWN FOR TOP 100For clarity, here are some of the best running backs to look out for in five separate tiers, as well as some unheralded sleepers.HALL OF FAME1. David Johnson, 2. Le'Veon Bell, 3. Jay AjayiHe is already our No. 1 overall ranked fantasy football player for 2017, making him the de facto No. 1 running back this season heading...
John Terry: Football Association to take no further action against Aston Villa defender following controversial substitution in final Chelsea match

John Terry: Football Association to take no further action against Aston Villa defender following controversial substitution in final Chelsea match

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The Football Association has decided to take no further action against John Terry or Chelsea after investigating the circumstances of his substitution in his final game at Stamford Bridge at the end of last season.Having worn the number 26 jersey during his 19-year career at the club, Terry left the field through a guard of honour formed by his teammates after 26 minutes of the champions' 5-1 win over Sunderland.The FA's Integrity Department said it would investigate the substitution after it emerged that several punters had won thousands of pounds for betting on the exact time of Terry's substitution at odds of 100-1.Shortly before the game, the editor of a Chelsea fanzine had tweeted that Terry would be withdrawn after 26 minutes.However, it is understood the FA has now decided there is ...
Ensconced in L.A., Los Angeles Chargers now focus on football

Ensconced in L.A., Los Angeles Chargers now focus on football

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Chargers say hello to Los Angeles in Costa Mesa, but in some ways all that off-the-field chatter is mute. It's back to the football field for the Chargers as they opened training camp for the first time in 56 years of not having San Diego in front of their name. So the focus returns to football and you could almost feel the sigh of relief from head coach Anthony Lynn and the other players. Lynn was clear in what he anticipates the Chargers' identity to be after the initial workout. "Tough," he said. The organization, from top to bottom, stressed how the talk of relocating from San Diego to L.A. wasn't a distraction. Still, the Chargers are happy to get that conversation behind them, almost as much as the last two seasons that have produced nine wins. That said, ge...