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I think before I didn't mind Speedie because of Simon Hill. But now I hear more often and yea starting to get why people don't like him. I think influenced as well by listening to English commentators watching PL, and of course classic Spanish commentators that make everything exciting so my bias is basically Aussie commentators in general are terrible

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Tuning into Stan/Nine's Super Rugby coverage tonight - quite impressed so far. A breath of fresh air for Rugby Union... might be some thing the A-League needs... 

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20 minutes ago, DCWSW said:

Tuning into Stan/Nine's Super Rugby coverage tonight - quite impressed so far. A breath of fresh air for Rugby Union... might be some thing the A-League needs... 

The worry is always whether football will be treated with respect.

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53 minutes ago, Edinburgh said:

The worry is always whether football will be treated with respect.

It's different with a streaming service who rely on subscribers. It is in their interest to promote their product as it leads to more subscribers. Rather than a broadcaster who solely relies on advertising.

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6 hours ago, Unlimited said:

Speed is alright, but what's Martin Tyler doing nowadays?

 

Hopefully retired. He's worse than Speed, at the current moment.

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8 hours ago, Unlimited said:

David Basheer?

someone actually scored when he was commentating and he blew a gasket and is still yelping uncontrollably

turning the sound off > speedy et al > basheer

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I listen to the Turner's mates on For Vucks Saje pod thus week. Always good to get an enemy's perspective. They were most definitely negative about us. 

And that said, has Turner become a WSW corporate type? Don't get me wrong, i like Steve back on ATB for his breaking down of football tactics but the butt of most jokes is missing.:shok:

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On 20/02/2021 at 6:14 AM, hughsey said:

If the aleague goes to streaming, then being with a service that has additional content will be key. It’s only die hards like us who would be willing to pay for the aleague on its own, the average joe simply won’t. 

Exactly!

I've harped on about this forever on this, most average football fans are happy to see the back of foxtel but i'm yet to hear of one alterative is going to provide the league with the $50 mil per year Foxtel provided for last 4 years, al be it trimmed to $28 mil this season. 

The owners are going to making a loss for forseeable future, I don't see anyone giving $50 mil for it. 

 

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On 21/02/2021 at 9:19 AM, Paul01 said:

And that said, has Turner become a WSW corporate type?

Turner works for WSW at games doing ground announcement/pre-game stuff.

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Surprised there hasn't been much discussion about the recent acquisition (rumoured) of the Champions League by little known Sports Flick.

This was published in the SMH this morning:

 

Australia’s latest sporting media mogul is a 27-year-old from western Sydney who has blindsided industry giants by offering a reported $60 million for the rights to soccer’s UEFA Champions League.
Dylan Azzopardi has gone from managing his dad’s building company to turning startup streaming service Sports Flick into a media force to be reckoned with in two years. And now Sports Flick is believed to have trumped Optus Sport to score the broadcast rights to the European soccer tournament which is one of the most watched competitions in the world.
The company behind Sports Flick, known as DCA Sydney Enterprises, is headed by Azzopardi and his 30-year-old brother, Justin Azzopardi. Incredibly, it counts Dylan’s home in Riverstone as its registered business address. Company records show the brothers have secured four shareholders including a 28-year-old Arndell Park smash repairer Nathan Vella, 30-year-old Blacktown local Aziz Khalaf, and company chief financial officer Karla Pichardo, who controls 15 per cent of the company’s shares.
Pichardo hails from Nicaragua, which might go some way to explaining the platform’s decision early on to secure the rights to the Liga Primera de Nicaragua.
Another shareholder? The West Australian branch of Red Star Belgrade Rugby League Pty Ltd, which is an Australian outpost of the Serbian-based rugby league team coached by former NRL coach Phil Economidis. It is owned by Perth-based footy nut Colin Kleyweg who also happens to be Sports Flick’s commercial director. He holds 5 per cent.
The deal, which is yet to be announced, is a solid breakaway from a Sports Flick’s catalogue which includes some niche offerings such as bareknuckle fighting, Nicaraguan football and Serbian rugby league. The deal has left industry giant Optus Sport scrambling for a marquee event to anchor the telco’s streaming platform. That’s got to hurt, particularly as the whole shebang started out on a whim.
“I was working for my dad’s building company and was so bored on the job so one day I decided to start my own digital broadcasting company into Australia,” Azzopardi told Sporting News last year.

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56 minutes ago, DCWSW said:

Surprised there hasn't been much discussion about the recent acquisition (rumoured) of the Champions League by little known Sports Flick.

This was published in the SMH this morning:

 

Australia’s latest sporting media mogul is a 27-year-old from western Sydney who has blindsided industry giants by offering a reported $60 million for the rights to soccer’s UEFA Champions League.
Dylan Azzopardi has gone from managing his dad’s building company to turning startup streaming service Sports Flick into a media force to be reckoned with in two years. And now Sports Flick is believed to have trumped Optus Sport to score the broadcast rights to the European soccer tournament which is one of the most watched competitions in the world.
The company behind Sports Flick, known as DCA Sydney Enterprises, is headed by Azzopardi and his 30-year-old brother, Justin Azzopardi. Incredibly, it counts Dylan’s home in Riverstone as its registered business address. Company records show the brothers have secured four shareholders including a 28-year-old Arndell Park smash repairer Nathan Vella, 30-year-old Blacktown local Aziz Khalaf, and company chief financial officer Karla Pichardo, who controls 15 per cent of the company’s shares.
Pichardo hails from Nicaragua, which might go some way to explaining the platform’s decision early on to secure the rights to the Liga Primera de Nicaragua.
Another shareholder? The West Australian branch of Red Star Belgrade Rugby League Pty Ltd, which is an Australian outpost of the Serbian-based rugby league team coached by former NRL coach Phil Economidis. It is owned by Perth-based footy nut Colin Kleyweg who also happens to be Sports Flick’s commercial director. He holds 5 per cent.
The deal, which is yet to be announced, is a solid breakaway from a Sports Flick’s catalogue which includes some niche offerings such as bareknuckle fighting, Nicaraguan football and Serbian rugby league. The deal has left industry giant Optus Sport scrambling for a marquee event to anchor the telco’s streaming platform. That’s got to hurt, particularly as the whole shebang started out on a whim.
“I was working for my dad’s building company and was so bored on the job so one day I decided to start my own digital broadcasting company into Australia,” Azzopardi told Sporting News last year.

Wow very random sport selection... Wander what it means for A-league

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I could totally wrong but this sounds similar to what happened in Ligue 1 with a relatively unknown provider swooping and winning the rights. They paid huge overs and basically got a couple of months into the deal before stopping payment.

It’s a positive for the aleague all this competition cause it’s basically showing that if one outlet won’t pay for your product then another one will. For the consumer though it’s gonna become pretty pricey to start following multiple leagues with such a huge content spread.

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1 hour ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

I mean everything else they have

Sorry, my apologies. 

Yes they do have an interesting arrangement of content. Recently got the K-League (I assume Optus chose not to renew) and one game a week of the Austrian Bundesliga... 

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On 03/03/2021 at 8:54 AM, StringerBellend said:

Hopefully very little

 

Not if Michael Turner has anything to say about it. He is part of it.

https://www.sportingnews.com/au/football/news/who-are-sports-flick-the-streaming-site-ready-to-shake-up-football-in-australia-after-shock-champions-league-bid/3z4bo0f94tyk1pxrl19ssdxj5

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Interesting from Fairfax ... and Fairfax are part of the Nine group as is Stan...

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/sports-flick-founder-27-lifts-veil-as-stan-circles-a-league-rights-20210307-p578ib.html

Sports Flick’s 27-year-old founder has revealed he was motivated to start the little-known streaming service – which he says is entirely self-funded – because of the way football has been shunned by mainstream media in Australia.

The Sydney-based start-up shocked the media industry by beating established rivals – including rights holders Optus Sport – to the exclusive rights for the UEFA Champions League, submitting a bid of approximately $60 million over three years, according to sources.

Dylan Azzopardi, Sports Flick’s founder and chief executive, would not comment on the Champions League deal, which is yet to be officially confirmed by UEFA.But Azzopardi was happy to, at least partially, lift the veil of mystery surrounding the company, which he says is funded by its current ownership group and is shifting from a focus on niche sports and other overseas content – such as Indian baseball,

Serbian rugby league and bare-knuckle boxing – to a football-centric strategy.Many media sources remain heavily sceptical about Sports Flick’s background and financials, their capacity to handle the technological aspects of streaming a tournament as popular as the Champions League, and how it could possibly recoup the significant outlay for those rights.Azzopardi said Sports

Flick would spend the next four months upgrading its streaming infrastructure, and had the right “strategy and partners domestically” to move into more hands-on production of matches, confirming domestic football content – including the A-League – was of interest.

 

In addition to using a range of overseas-based media consultants, he said Sports Flick has currently 11 staff members – seven of them in Australia – but Azzopardi said it would upscale in the event it secured a major rights package. Reports suggest the company has around 30,000 subscribers.

Azzopardi, a father of two who lives in Sydney’s western suburbs, said he spotted a “gap in the marketplace” and got the idea to start his own streaming service in mid-2017 – prior to the launch of Kayo Sports – while working for his family’s building company.

At the time, I was working in property development and construction, and found myself continually dreaming of the idea of a true home for football,” he told the Herald

.“My love of the game and desire to make a difference, along with the decreasing coverage of the game by the mass media, led me to take the risk and try to compete with the largest broadcasting groups in the country.”

Azzopardi said all of Sports Flick’s money comes from its current ownership group, which includes his brother Justin, chief financial officer Karla Pichardo, commercial director Colin Kleyweg, and Blacktown local Aziz Khalaf.Sports Flick’s general manager is Michael Turner, a business and marketing strategist who moonlights as the ground announcer at Bankwest Stadium for Western Sydney Wanderers matches.

Using the profits they gained from some “major successes” with fringe sports and pay-per-view combat sports, Azzopardi said the company recently made the decision to pivot to football, with Sports Flick confirming deals for the K League, Austrian Bundesliga and UEFA Women’s Champions League.

“Between the ownership group, we were able to bring together and invest in more funds to allow us to secure these larger packages and ultimately, long term, grow to the largest sporting platform in Australia,” he said.

“All of our shareholders have been very successful in their own right, with a varied number of industries, from property development, the automotive industry, and engineering.

 

“The on-going business is self-funded, with our existing rights packages proving very successful with sports fans who often struggle to find a way to watch their chosen sports, and with our international broadcast deals in Central America.”

Meanwhile, the A-League’s governing body has publicly confirmed for the first time that Stan Sport is interested in picking up the rights to the competition, which expire at the end of July.

Fox Sports has broadcast both the A-League and W-League since their inception but Stan – as previously reported by the Herald – is one of several new parties at the table.

Clubs are aiming to complete a new TV deal by the end of March.Stan, according to sources, also submitted an unsuccessful bid for the UEFA Champions League rights.

“I think it’d be fair to say there’s a number of people, including Stan, that are interested in our game,” Australian Professional Leagues (APL) commissioner Greg O’Rourke told Adelaide radio station Triple M last week.“

It’s really good to feel that the future of the game from a broadcast media perspective is probably more positive now than it’s been for quite a few years. Fox are very much part of our discussions for the future as well.

We’re in a good part of the cycle.”The APL has also appointed Sydney FC chief executive Danny Townsend as its managing director.Townsend, the former global managing director of Nielsen Sport, has been leading the APL’s broadcast discussions but will also remain in his job with Sydney FC as he continues to help map out the future for the A-League and W-League, which became independent of Football Australia on New Year’s Eve.

 

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