Interview: Chelsea fans dissect an eventful season full of highs and lows

Two cup finals, the end of the Abramovich era and much more made for a memorable season at Stamford BridgeThe transition from the Roman Abramovich era into the Todd Boehly regime in West London now seems to be complete. With the Russian oligarch forced to sell the club after being sanctioned by the UK government over his close ties to Vladimir Putin, the departure of his most trusted allies Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck in recent weeks marks the final curtain pull on what has been a very successful period in the club's history. American billionnaire and part-owner of the...

Serie A and beIN Sports look to mend fences and sign new TV rights deal

The Italian top flight and the Qatari network are reportedly discussing an agreement for the MENA regionSerie A could be about to reunite with its former broadcast partner in the MENA region, Qatari-based giant beIN Sports. After relations between the two disintegrated following a clash over piracy, several parties in the Italian game are looking to bring beIN back to the negotiating table to hash out a new TV rights agreement for the Middle East and North Africa region.Having previously enjoyed a good working relationship under a $170m per season broadcast agreement, tensions flared when beIN believed Serie A were...

Premier League tops European YouTube view count table

The English top flight garners more than double the monthly views on the platform than other top European leaguesA recent study has found that the English Premier League is the most-watched European football league on YouTube, attracting some 250m monthly views, more than double what rival competitions attract. The data comes from a study carried out by martech company BuzzMyVideos.The Spanish La Liga comes in second, Italy's Serie A is third, the German Bundesliga is fourth and finally the French Ligue 1 is fifth in the rankings. These four leagues all manage less than 100m monthly views, less than half...

How to watch the UEFA Women's European Championships 2022

The BBC has signed a deal with UEFA to broadcast every match of the summer showcasePublic broadcast giant the BBC has announced that it will be airing all 31 matches from this summer's UEFA Women's European Championships. Live coverage of every minute will be available on BBC One and BBC Two television, as well as via live stream on BBC iPlayer.The tournament, which is being hosted by England, will begin on July 6 with the Lionesses taking on Austria at Old Trafford.All of the action will be complimented by pre-match, half time and post-match analysis from a star-studded lineup of...

Major League Soccer signs huge TV rights deal with Apple

The agreement means top flight US football will be available around the world via live streamingThe MLS has signed a landmark broadcast deal with Apple. The arrangement will see US soccer made available on the company's live streaming platform Apple TV worldwide. It is said to be worth in the region of $2.5bn and will last for ten years.Every MLS and Leagues Cup match will be shown on Apple TV across the duration of the agreement.The league has however decided to also pursue deals with traditional broadcasters. ESPN, Fox and Univision are said to be keen to reach agreements with...

Interview: Man City fans reflect on another title winning season

Despite more UCL heartbreak, the Premier League once again belongs to Pep Guardiola and his teamIt's been another successful campaign at the Etihad despite some hardship along the way. Fans will have been devastated by going out in the Champions League semi finals against Real Madrid, but another Premier League title ought to soften the blow. Of course, in typical City fashion, the players couldn't let their fans soak up a fourth crown in five seasons without taking them all to the brink of a nervous breakdown first. Despite the scare, thanks in large part to Ilkay Gundogan, they managed...

Top 5 early bookies favourites to win the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League

Long before the season even starts, the odds are in for who will become the next European championsAs the dust settles on an international break which has captivated few, the players prepare to take some time off before regrouping for pre-season. We have a long road ahead of us before the return of regular football. Nonetheless, the sportsbook reviews are in and bookies up and down the land are already predicting who will win next season's Champions League.Real Madrid have barely had chance to descend from their open top bus and we are already wondering who will be celebrating this...

Premier League terminates Russian broadcast deal

£43m six-year agreement with Match TV has been axed ahead of the new seasonAfter a meeting involving all 20 Premier League clubs took place at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), the organisation has reached a decision on its broadcast deal with Russian network Match TV, and that decision is to terminate the contract.The six-year TV rights deal with the Gazprom-owned company was set to come into effect at the beginning of the upcoming season but has now been terminated by the Premier League and its clubs.After the league suspended its previous deal with Rambler in March, following Russia's invasion of...

La Liga football to stay on Premier Sports in the UK

The Spanish top flight has agreed to renew its broadcast deal with the British TV networkFans of Spanish football in the UK will continue to see La Liga on their screens after the league announced it will renew its existing TV rights deal with pay-TV network Premier Sports.This means Real Madrid, Barcelona and 18 other Spanish top flight teams will be seen on TV and via live streaming, either on Premier Sports' various channels or their online platform Premier Player.This extension of their agreement means La Liga will remain on Premier Sports in the UK until the end of the...

Man responsible for illegal live streams of Premier League matches fined close to £1m

Streamer forced to repay £963,000 in the next three months or risk doubling his current prison sentenceWarwick Crown Court has ruled that Steven King, a man jailed in 2019 for seven years and four months for the illegal distribution of Premier League matches, must pay back close to £1m after having been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.In total, King has been ordered to pay £963,000 of the profits he and his collaborators made from their illegal business, within the next three months. Failure to do so could result in a further six years and eight months being added to...

Premier League AGM Talking Points: Russia, Gambling & Fixture Congestion

£43m deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV may be axed at this year's Annual General MeetingAt the Premier League's Annual General Meeting (AGM) later this week, several important topics will be discussed. Chief among them will be what to do about the league's six-year TV rights deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV.Having cut ties with previous partner Rambler following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, speculation has been building over whether or not the EPL will suspend its deal with Match TV. The agreement is worth £43m and is set to begin at the start of the 2022-23 campaign in August....

Interview: Liverpool fans reflect on this season and look forward to the next

Champions League heartbreak ought not overshadow a successful season including two domestic cup winsLiverpool ended their 2021/22 campaign in disappointment as they lost the UEFA Champions League final to Real Madrid in Paris a week and a half ago. On a night tainted by off-field controversy - more on that later - it must have been extremely difficult for supporters to embrace the positives of the season, having come so close to capturing yet another UCL trophy. It was clear however, a few days later, when the team paraded through the streets to celebrate their two domestic cup wins that...

Hesgoal showing BT Sport and Sky Sports channels

Illegal live streaming website offering links to big broadcasters and their contentHesgoal is a service which provides links to live streams of some of the biggest sporting events, including football. It remains one of the most well known brands in the world of illegal football live streaming and several different websites are currently operating under different versions of the Hesgoal domain.One of those domains recently declared that it would no longer be distributing streams of English Premier League and UEFA club matches via two statements on its website. The news will have shocked and disappointed the many users previously visiting...

FA Disability Cup to be broadcast live on BT Sport this weekend

Coverage of all six disability cup finals will be made available on TV and via live streaming with various accessibility optionsBT Sport will be the exclusive home of the FA Disability Cup this weekend and for the next three years, having signed a deal with the governing body. This means live coverage of all six different cup finals, all taking place this Saturday (June 11) and Sunday (June 12) will be available to watch on TV and via live stream on BT Sport.The weekend's action, starting on Saturday 11 June, will feature a separate cup final for players who are:...

Finalissima Predictions: Italy vs Argentina

The CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions returns tonight at Wembley Stadium in LondonCopa America champions Argentina meet Euro 2020 winners Italy at Wembley Stadium tonight to determine the winner of the first "Finalissima" in decades. It's a highly anticipated match and a very difficult one to call. Nonetheless, we've taken a shot at it. Read below to see our match preview for tonight's clash.Prediction: Italy 1-1 ArgentinaTip: Goals Under 2.5 | Argentina to Lift the TrophyKey Points:1. Italy have scored more than one goal in just two of their last nine games2. Argentina have scored more than one goal in three...

StarHub signs six-year deal to bring Premier League football to Singapore

Exclusive TV and live streaming contract to begin at the start of the upcoming seasonStarHub has secured an exclusive six-year agreement with the English Premier League to provide coverage of all 380 Premier League matches each season in Singapore.The company will broadcast every match of the Premier League season across its new series of sports channels, set to launch next month, calledd Hub Premier. Matches will be available in full HD on TV through the StarHub TV+ box and online via the StarHub mobile app, which is accessible on most mobile devices.This Premier League deal will begin at the start...

Wales World Cup qualifier to be aired for free in the UK

Potentially all-British clash will be the final UEFA qualifying match for the Qatar World CupThe final UEFA spot at the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be filled this Sunday (June 5) when Wales take on either Scotland or Ukraine at the Cardiff City Stadium. Their opponent will be decided tomorrow (Wed 1 June) at Hampden Park. If Scotland win, the UK will be treated to an all-British playoff final and the knowledge that either Wales or Scotland will arrive in Qatar.In huge news for British football fans, Sky Sports have struck a deal with public broadcasters to allow the entire...

Top 4 Transfer Targets for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

Dutchman is looking to refresh his squad ahead of next season after a very underwhelming campaign for The Red DevilsManchester United's disappointing season has now finally ended with an away loss at Selhurst Park on the final matchday of the season. The Red Devils will be seen under the new leadership of Erik ten Hag from next season.The Dutch tactician will take over from Ralf Rangnick, and according to reports, he has demanded a whole revamping of the squad.The Red Devils haven't tasted any success in the last five years, the last silverware coming way back in 2017 when Jose...

Interview: Arsenal fans review the 2021/22 season

Mikel Arteta's side agonisingly missed out on Champions League football on the final dayIn many ways, it's been a very successful campaign for Arsenal, despite the disappointment of losing out on a place in the top four to bitter rivals Tottenham on the final day of the season. The Gunners improved on back-to-back 8th place finishes in the Premier League by claiming 5th spot and will return to European football in the shape of the UEFA Europa League next season. Young players were developed, key signings exceeded expectations, and the harmony between the players on the pitch and the fans...

Serie A to air on iQiyi in China from the start of next season

The OTT platform has agreed a two year deal with the Italian top flightSerie A has agreed a two year broadcast deal with live streaming platform iQiyi Sports to show action from the Italian top flight for the next two seasons. The agreement will activate at the beginning of the upcoming 2022/23 campaign in August.The deal indicates a change, with Serie A having previously announced that they would partner with Migu, a broadcaster owned by China Mobile. Migu was reportedly set to become the exclusive live streaming partner for Serie A in the country but they seem to have been...

Get a £5 free bet on the UEFA Champions League final with bet365

The wait is over as Liverpool face Real Madrid to determine who will be crowned Champions of EuropeThis season's UCL final showpiece is set to be a cracker. Real Madrid have proven to be the comeback kings of the tournament with astouding wins from behind against PSG, Chelsea and Man City on their route to Paris. Meanwhile, Liverpool have arguably had an easier run to the final but were certainly made to sweat in the second leg of their semi final against Villarreal.Both teams are stacked full of talented forwards, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis...

Premier League undecided over future of Russian broadcast agreement

£43m deal with Match TV set to go ahead from the start of the 2022/23 season as things standThe English Premier League has not yet decided its course of action regarding an upcoming broadcast deal with Russian network Match TV, according to reports. The deal, which is worth £43m is set to kick off at the start of the next season, 2022/23.Earlier in the year, during the early stages of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the league decided to cut ties with Rambler Media, with whom they had a €7m broadcast agreement. Rambler was showing EPL matches on its live streaming...

Viaplay adds EFL rights in Nordic and Baltic countries to its growing portfolio

The live streaming platform has signed an exclusive deal with the English Football LeagueViaplay has reached an agreement with the English Football League to show coverage of the EFL Sky Bet Championship and Carabao Cup in 10 European nations exclusively via live streaming.This is yet another coup for the Swedish media company after they recently acquired the domestic rights to show UEFA matches involving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom.Viaplay Group, formerly NENT, are making waves in the sports rights business as their live streaming platform Viaplay gobbles up the rights to several of football's biggest competitions...

How to watch the UEFA Europa Conference League Final

Roma of Italy will take on Feyenoord of the Netherlands this Wednesday for European silverwareThe UEFA Europa Conference League has proven to be a lot more exciting than many had expected and the competition's first ever final shouldn't disappoint on Wednesday. Aside from going to the game in person, there's not much more fun you could have on a midweek evening than watching this game on TV.Fans have enjoyed plenty of goals in what has been an oftentimes frantic tournament. The ball has hit the back of the net a total of 400 times going into this final, or 2.88...

DAZN to bring international soccer to Canada in new multi-year broadcast deal

The package will include matches from the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and international friendliesLive streaming platform DAZN has signed a multi-year broadcast deal to bring international soccer matches to screens in Canada from 2022 to 2028. The sports streaming service has picked up English language rights to selected matchups from elite competitions involving the likes of World Champions France and European Champions Italy, as well as England, Spain, Germany and many more.The deal will include a minimum of 57 matches for each national team and run for the next six years. It includes matches from the UEFA Nations League,...