Sports Ticker 7 – 'Premflix and Chill', McIlroy and Allianz

Published on 28 February 2020

Welcome to the second edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from the sports industry.

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In this edition we cover the latest on Manchester City's ban from European competitions and repercussions for Saracens following the salary cap saga. We also run through the recent announcements of the Premier League's digital streaming channel and Rory McIlroy ruling himself out of the Premier Golf League.

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1. Don't Pannick captain - City tool-up for dispute with UEFA

The biggest news of the last fortnight must be the decision to ban Manchester City from European competitions for two years.

2. Allianz tackle Saracens sponsorship issues

On to Saracens, and the announcement by stadium sponsor Allianz that it will end its partnership with the club at the end of the current season.

3. 'Premflix and Chill': Premier League plans to go OTT 

The Premier League's new chief exec, Richard Masters, has announced that the Premier League is actively planning to launch a digital streaming channel.

4. Chiefs Assemble: Marvel teams up with Chiefs eSports Club

Australian eSports organisation Chiefs eSports Club (the Chiefs) recently announced a two-year partnership with Disney subsidiary Marvel Entertainment. 

5. McIlroy not to partake in Premier Golf League (...sorry)

Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will not be taking part in the World Golf Group's (WGG) proposed breakaway "Premier Golf League".

Extra time...

And finally, following our previous Ticker update on the impact of coronavirus on the sporting world, the Irish RFU announced on Wednesday that it is postponing the upcoming men's and women's Six Nations games against Italy. The Irish RFU's statement said it hoped to give an update on the rescheduling of matches "in the coming days". These were originally set to take place in Dublin. A number of other sporting events have also been postponed or cancelled, including 5 Serie A games set to be played behind closed doors this weekend. Dick Pound has maintained that, as of yet, the Olympics is still "going to be in Tokyo".

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