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Inside Los Angeles’ Bidding Process to Host the 2026 World Cup

In early 2018, before the Los Angeles Football Club had participated in its first Major League Soccer match and Banc of California Stadium at Exposition Park had opened, the L.A. World Cup Host Committee began the process to campaign for its spot as a host city for the 2026 World Cup. The international competition hosted […]

Telemundo Bets on World Cup to Kick Off Streaming Push

Telemundo is no stranger to streaming video. It’s been in the space for a decade, often as a producer of content for other services. This year, however, the NBCUniversal-owned Spanish-language media company is planning a renewed push into streaming, with a slate of content and new streaming brands that it will fully control. Those launches […]

FIFA Launching Soccer-Focused Streaming Platform FIFA+

World soccer’s highest governing body is getting into the streaming game. FIFA, which is headquartered in Europe and is the organization that oversees the World Cup, has unveiled FIFA+, a free, ad-funded platform launching today as an app and website that will encompass live soccer games from domestic leagues around the world, plus archive clips […]

World Cup Organizers Suspend Russia From Top Soccer Competitions

Russia has been suspended from all top soccer competitions staged by FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, and European soccer governing body UEFA “until further notice.” The sanctions, unveiled on Monday, follow Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and an earlier and controversial decision to impose restrictions on the Russian team in marquee soccer competitions ahead of the […]

Telemundo Targets “Omnichannel” Hispanic Viewers in Upfront Pitch

Telemundo, NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language media division, is announcing over 1,000 hours of scripted and unscripted programming at its upfront presentation Wednesday, as it pitches itself as the only place to get the “full spectrum” of Latino audiences. Romina Rosado, executive vp of entertainment for Telemundo, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the company is trying to reach […]

Women’s World Cup Semifinal Is U.K.’s Most Watched Program of the Year

In the U.K., 11.7 million watched England's dramatic loss to Team USA in the semifinal of the 2019 Women's World Cup of soccer on the BBC, the biggest TV audience of the year so far in Britain.

Women’s World Cup: Fox Sports Extends Use of AI in Production With IBM Watson

Fox Sports continues to experiment with AI, this time by incorporating IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology into its production workflow for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Comcast CEO Touts Benefits of Sky Acquisition

Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts on Wednesday touted the benefits of his $39 billion takeover of European pay TV giant Sky, and talked about a possible expansion beyond western Europe.

Midterm Elections and Digital Growth Have Advertising Surging

Midterm elections had a massively positive effect on media in 2018, helping advertising in the U.S. grow 7.5 percent to an all-time high $208 billion.

Pussy Riot Activist Jailed for World Cup Protest Treated for Possible Poisoning

Russian news reports say a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning.

Trevor Noah Fires Back at French Ambassador Who Criticized World Cup Joke

Trevor Noah fired back at French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud after the latter sent him a letter criticizing his controversial joke that "Africa won the World Cup" earlier this week.

Will Smith, Japanese Soccer Star to Launch $100M Startup Fund

The unlikely duo of Smith and Keisuke Honda plan to raise money from Japanese institutions and individuals to invest in U.S. ventures.