In “The Grandmaster,” Brin-Jonathan Butler covers the 2016 World Chess Championship, which pit Norway’s Magnus Carlsen against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin.
www.nytimes.com | 11/30/18
Discovery and the PGA Tour have struck a massive $2 billion deal for tournament rights outside of the United States through 2030. That’s a lot of green — and we’re not just talking about the putting surfaces.
The pricey (and lengthy) alliance, which tees off next year, will result in about 2,000 hours of content annually and nearly 150 tournaments, including The Players Championship, the FedExCup Playoffs, and the Presidents Cup. It will grant Discovery the exclusive non-U.S. television and multiplatform rights to all PGA Tour golf events by 2024 — here is a timetable for implementation:
About those multiplatform rights: Together, Discovery and the PGA Tour will develop a new PGA Tour-branded OTT video streaming service to serve 220 markets and territories.
“Today is a fantastic day for golf fans around the world as Discovery proudly partners with the PGA Tour to create something that has never been done before,” David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, said. “The long-term partnership between the PGA Tour and Discovery will create the new global Home of Golf, including delivering over 2000 hours of live content year-round and this prestigious sport’s greatest moments, stories and athletes. Following our successful first Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Discovery will contribute its strong global distribution and promotional infrastructure, in-market relationships, global sports expertise with direct-to-consumer platforms and brands to create a valuable new long-term Home of Golf offering in every market outside the U.S.”
“This is an exciting next step for the PGA Tour, which presents a tremendous opportunity to accelerate and expand our media business outside the United States, better service our international broadcast partners, and drive fan growth with a deeply experienced strategic global partner,” added Jay Monahan, commissioner, PGA Tour. “This partnership aligns very well with the opening of PGA Tour offices in London, Tokyo and Beijing in recent years and will support our long-term objectives of growing the game of golf. It also will deliver more value to our sponsors as it presents a tremendous opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences around the world.”
The partnership will be led by Discovery’s Alex Kaplan, who is president and general manager of the new Discovery and PGA Tour venture. His management team will include the PGA Tour’s Thierry Pascal as head of distribution.
Kaplan previously was an executive vice president at Eurosport Digital, where he helped grow the Eurosport D2C business to over 1 million subscribers. Prior to joining Discovery, Kaplan was a senior vice president of global media distribution for the NBA.
“I am incredibly excited to work with David Zaslav and JB Perrette to take international coverage of PGA Tour golf to the next level,” Kaplan said. “We can’t wait to get started and build a world-class global platform and long-term distribution strategy to turn the vision of this partnership into a reality. By joining forces with the outstanding PGA Tour team, led by Jay Monahan and Rick Anderson, we have a unique opportunity to build an amazing product that will serve the fans with the golf content they love on every screen.”
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www.thewrap.com | 6/4/18
After a jam-packed month in PyeongChang, South Korea, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics have come to a close. And the latter especially saw Team USA dominate the competition, collecting more medals than any other country.
The Paralympics ran from Mar. 9 to Mar. 18, and brought Team USA not only a whooping 36 medals, but also saw them breaking several records and marking a number of historic firsts for the team. Missed the highlights? Here’s a roundup of the most memorable moments of the Paralympics.
1. Team USA had their highest medal haul since 2002.
2. A record number of athletes participated.
3. The Team USA sled hockey team won their third gold medal in a row.
4. Eighteen military veterans were a part of Team USA.
5. 26 countries overall won medals — a new record.
6. Oksana Masters made Paralympic history for Team USA with her five medals.
7. Kendall Gretsch won a biathlon gold medal.
8. Team USA snowboarders increased their medal count from Sochi.In PyeongChang, they won 13 medals — over a third of Team USA’s total medal count — which is an increase of four from the 2014 games.
9. Team USA cross-country skiers did really well, too.
10. Every single day of the Paralympics, Team USA led the medal count.
11. By the fifth day of the Winter Paralympics, Team USA surpassed their medal count from Sochi.Team USA won 18 medals in Sochi in 2014.
people.com | 3/19/18
After a historic performance at the Olympics, some Norwegians fret that they dominate their favorite sport so much that they are ruining it.
www.nytimes.com | 2/24/18
In town for the Berlin Film Festival, Norwegian prod-co Motlys world premiered their Norwegian soccer drama “Home Ground,” on Tuesday Feb. 20. A day later, Norwegian broadcaster NRK announced they had recommissioned the series for a second season. Originally produced by Motlys for NRK, and set to premiere in Norway on March 4, DR is […]
variety.com | 2/22/18
Henriette Bjorge, 38, from Norway, went out to Bamyan in central Afghanistan to teach skiing at the Bamyan Ski Club back in 2013 and help introduce Afghan women to the sport.
www.dailymail.co.uk | 2/17/18
In a stunning upset, Mikaela Shiffrin couldn’t capture the same magic of yesterday’s gold medal run and left empty-handed in the highly anticipated women’s alpine skiing slalom that was supposed to be a lock for the skiing superstar.
Shiffrin, 22, failed to take home her second medal of the Winter Games on Friday morning (Thursday night in the states). The alpine slalom is her specialty, and Shiffrin came in as the event’s favorite less than a day after winning her first gold medal in her Pyeongchang debut at the Giant slalom.
While the alpine slalom was originally scheduled earlier this week, Olympic officials postponed the event due to heavy winds. Coming into the slalom, Shiffrin’s main threats were Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who beat Shiffrin in November by 0.1 in the season-opening slalom; Frida Hansdotter of Sweden; and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.
Whether the postponement affected her at all, Shiffrin put on a discouraging first run, where she finished with a 49.37, a half second back behind first-place Holdener’s 48.89.
Though she seemed nervous after the initial showing, not all seemed lost, as just last month in Flachau, Shiffrin trailed by .37 seconds in the first run but won the event by .94 seconds.
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In an interview with NBC Sports just after her first showing, Shiffrin admitted she vomited before coming to the gates. “It was kind of sudden,” she said. “It almost felt like a virus kind of puking less about nerves.”
After the interview, Shiffrin likely went to take a nap, as she famously does during every race. By the start of the second portion, Shiffrin was in fourth position with a huge deficit to make up.
On her second run, Shiffrin moved into second with a run time of 49.66 and a total time of 1:39.03. While she wouldn’t take home gold, she still had a chance to medal—though it wasn’t a sure thing with three skiers left behind her. By the end, Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter took first place, and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and Katharina Gallhuber of Austria took second and third, leaving Shiffrin in fourth.
With her loss, Team USA’s total medal count stays at eight—which includes five gold, one silver and two bronze—including a sweep of all of the gold medals in the snowboarding events to date. America’s eight medals are currently good for fifth in the medal count, with Norway leading the way with a whopping 17.
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The alpine slalom performance was Shiffrin’s second showing in a total of five runs in Pyeongchang, with the downhill, super combined and team event up next (she decided to skip tomorrow’s Super G for rest). She was emotional after her scoring her first gold in the Giant slalom on Thursday, breaking out into tears when she found out she was able to come ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel.
Yesterday’s win was her first Olympic medal since winning gold in Sochi, Russia, four years ago. In those games, she became the youngest slalom gold medalist ever at just 18 years old.
Shiffrin is also the first woman to win three consecutive world slalom titles in 78 years, and is often compared with American alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated female ski racer of all time.
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But she hasn’t let her success get to her head.
“I’m well-known in my sport and people are starting to take notice outside of my sport as well, but the good thing of where I’m at right now is that I’m kind of — like I don’t really want it to change,” Shiffrin told PEOPLE in September. “I do in that, if I want to go to the Olympics this year, I want to perform well and if I do then it will change, so I want to do that. But I don’t want things to change in that I can go to the grocery store and shop and do my things.”
Unlike many young athletes competing with her as part of Team USA, Shiffrin is generally quiet on social media and told PEOPLE before leaving for Pyeongchang that she wants to remain as down-to-earth as possible.
“I’m still going into these Games feeling star-struck by all of my competitors,” she said, “and I’m the same type of person to just keep my head down and just go do my race, do my thing and then see what happens.”
The 2018 Winter Olympics are airing live on NBC. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.
people.com | 2/16/18