03/24/20: IOC member says Olympics will be postponed

 

 

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Amid growing calls from countries to postpone the Olympics this Summer, IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today that the Games would be delayed until 2021, with the details to be worked out. “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in a phone interview with the publication. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.” The decision is not official though, with the IOC responding that “It’s the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC EB which was announced yesterday,” per the AP.

A slate of countries that include Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Norway, and Portugal have called for the Games to be pushed back, with some stating that they would not participate if the event went on as planned in its current timeframe. The IOC on Sunday announced it would take the next four weeks to review a number of scenarios regarding the Games,

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The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League final is on hold indefinitely as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The final of had been slated to take place on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul. UEFA also announced the postponement of the UEFA Women’s Champions League final as well as the Europa League final. “No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates,” the org said in a statement. “The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available. The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”

Meanwhile, La Liga, following a meeting with the Royal Spanish Football Federation locked in the suspension of play in Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league said in a statement on Monday that it would not resume play until the Spanish government mandates that it is safe to do so.

WWE is making WWE Network free for fans, unlocking a big portion of its library and extending free access to thousands of hours of on-demand content, including every WrestleMania in history, countless pay-per-view spectaculars, original documentaries and more, for a limited time.

Meanwhile, the TVS Television Network announced that the company is now streaming six sports channels on www.watchyour.tv, including; TVS Sports Network; TVS Classic Sports Network; TVS Women’s Sports Network; TVS Tavern TV Network; TVS Boxing Network; and TVS Turbo TV Network. TVS plans on producing 500 new shows per year from their studios in Greater Philadelphia.

ESPN2 celebrates Peyton Manning’s birthday with five hours of special primetime programming dedicated to the NFL quarterback this evening beginning at 7p. Programming will see ESPN2 present five volumes of Peyton’s Places compilation episodes, SEC Storied: The Book of Manning documentary and NFL highlights shows that look back at signature performances during Manning’s playing career.

IOC’s Olympic Channel global media platform launched the Olympic Ceremonies Channel, reliving the “pageantry, excitement and iconic moments of past Opening and Closing Ceremonies” highlighted by the parade of nations, flame lightings and artistic programs. The platform features Opening and Closing Ceremonies from the Summer and Winter Games held during the past 30 years.

Telemundo Deportes is serving up Que Momento: A Golden Final, the story behind the Mexican National Team’s gold medal win against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Que Momento will air Friday at midnight on Telemundo and via the Telemundo Deportes app with re-airs on Telemundo on Saturday at 3p and Universo on Monday at noon. The show will be hosted by five-time Emmy winner Andres Cantor and will feature exclusive interviews with Luis Fernando Tena, Salvador “Chava” Reyes, Marco Fabian, Diego Reyes, Oribe Peralta, Jesus Corona, Carlos Salcido, Javier Aquino, Nestor Vidrio, and Miguel Ponce, among others.

The Cowboy Channel fueled 40 nights of the National Finals, running through April 28. The program lineup will bring fans over 120 hours of rodeo coverage that has only ever been seen on CBS Sports once before. “I think we are all still trying to come to grips with what has transpired in the last couple of weeks. It seems like every day we are faced with a new challenge. Here at The Cowboy Channel we are striving to keep our viewers informed and entertained,” said Jeff Medders, President and General Manager of The Cowboy Channel. “We are excited to provide an escape in these tough times, and what would be better than ’40 Nights of NFR.’ We will start with Round #1 in 2016 and work our way to Round #10 last December. Our hopes are that when we hit night 40, the challenges we are facing will have begun to subside, and we will all be energized and ready for the summer rodeo season.”

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is returning to the SiriusXM airwaves to host weekly episodes of his show, Happy Hours, while fans await the resumption of racing season. Harvick will be back on the air this Wednesday with co-host Matt Yocum. Happy Hours will air Wednesdays from 1-3p on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel.

The National Lacrosse League announced the launch of two new online content offerings to offer fans additional engagement points during the current interruption of play. NLL True Classics launches today at noon on NLL’s YouTube Channel and will replay complete games from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons and a growing list of games from previous seasons. “In Transition: Live,” a new interview series hosted by Devan Kaney, will serve as an unscripted opportunity for our fans to join the conversation in real time with a rotating cast of guests.

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The Los Angeles Rams revealed new team colors and logos for the upcoming season as part of an overall rebrand.Navy blue and light gold are out, while royal blue and gold are now in, with the colors dubbed “Rams Royal” and “Sol.” The colors, along with the redesigned horns, are designed to resemble a perfect spiral, a wave and the horns on a ram. “The most exciting part of this for me, and I hope for Rams fans, is it blends the best of our pasts with what we believe is the best of our future,” said Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ chief operating officer per the LA Times.

DIGITAL, DATA & TECH

FaceBank Group, a celebrity and sports focused virtual entertainment company, and fuboTV announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Immediately following the closing of the merger, fuboTV will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of FaceBank, and FaceBank will be renamed fuboTV Inc. The combined company is expected to be headquartered in New York and led by fuboTV CEO David Gandler as CEO. A

DraftKings launched a charity initiative designed to help communities that are vulnerable in the wake of the coronavirus. The movement, titled #DKRally, is held in partnership with United Way, and is committed to $1 million in donations with the help of our customers and fans. Donations can be made through the DraftKings Daily Fantasy and Sportsbook landing pages, in addition to the United Way DraftKings page. In addition, for every post using the #DKRally hashtag on certain social channels, DraftKings will donate $1 to United Way until they reach the $1 million mark.

ESPORTS

CS:GO major ESL Rio has been pushed from May until November, but will be keeping the event’s Major status and replacing the second Major of the year. The Champions Stage (the playoffs) of the competition will remain at the Jeunesse Arena and will be played from Nov. 19-22, boasting a $2,000,000 prize pool in total. “Our decision is an extremely tough one, but health and safety have to take absolute priority”, said Ulrich Schulze, SVP Product at ESL. “Given the very difficult circumstances for live events, we still wanted to give the Brazilian fans the CS:GO Major they deserve. We ask everyone to stay safe and we are pleased to be able to continue to deliver some quality CS:GO esports content to the community during these troubling times, while we prepare the Rio Major for November”

Following ESL’s move, BLAST announced that it would be postponing the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown. The event was pushed back one week and will now run Nov. 25-29 in order to avoid competing with the Major in Rio.

INDUSTRY & ROSTER MOVES

The United States Soccer Federation named veteran sports business executive Will Wilson as the organization’s new chief executive and secretary general. He replaces Dan Flynn, who stepped down last September. Wilson previously worked for Wasserman, where he served as executive vice president and co-head of football for the past eight years.

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