An electric SUV race series will broadcast in Taiwan; the Asian Football Confederation plans to launch a women’s league in 2023, and Esports tournament BLAST Premier signs eight new media rights deals. For these stories and more, check out the Red Phoenix Global Sports Update:

Extreme E Announces Taiwan ELTA Rights Deal

Extreme E Driver Catie Munnings (Photo credit: Extreme E)

Extreme E has agreed to a rights deal with Taiwanese digital operator Elta TV. The deal means Elta TV will show all Extreme E’s X-Prixs live in both Mandarin and English on its sports channel. It will also show behind-the-scenes content, such as Climate Changers, How to Build a Race Car, and Best of Extreme E on its subscription platform. In addition to ELTA TV, Extreme E will be available from over 40 global broadcasters, such as SABC Tencent ITV, FOX Sports, Insight TV, Eurosport, and ESPN, covering regions including North America, Asia, and Europe. Full Story Black Book Motor Sport (04/12)

AFC Women’s Champions League Set to Launch in 2023   

Bai Lili, head of women’s football for the confederation (Photo credit: Getty Images)

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will launch a women’s Champions League competition in 2023 to strengthen female football across the continent. According to the head of women’s football for the confederation, Bai Lili, the AFC is readying the international club competition to start in two years to boost the game’s popularity in Asia. She said that the new competition details are still being finalized, including the number of teams participating and the tournament’s exact format. Full Story Sports Pro Media  (04/12)

Blast Premier Agrees Eight Media-rights Deals for 2021    

BLAST Tournament (Photo credit: BLAST)

Esports tournament BLAST Premier has extended its international broadcast reach with eight new media rights deals for the rest of the 2021 season. The deals include television channels SportsMax and Nordic Entertainment Group which will see the tournament broadcast in several regions, including Canada, India, and Lithuania. The eight new partnerships will expand BLAST’s media rights portfolio to over 35 partners, and BLAST Premier being shown in over 150 territories and 18 languages. Full Story Sports Business (04/12)

Ingersoll to Sell Golf Cart Unit for US$1.7b    

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Ingersoll Rand Inc. is nearing a deal to sell its golf cart business to Platinum Equity for around US$1.7 billion, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Platinum Equity, controlled by billionaire Tom Gores, is seeking the deal in anticipation of a rebound in golf as a recreational sport following the pandemic. Golf remains a popular sport even as the outbreak kept people away from courses. Earlier on Sunday, Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters Tournament by one shot, becoming the first Japanese to claim one of the four majors in men’s golf. Full Story Reuters (04/12)

Barcelona – World’s Most Valuable Club     

Barcelona FC (Photo Credit: Football24)

According to Forbes, Barcelona has leapfrogged Real Madrid to become the world’s most valuable club. Barcelona is currently worth $4.76 billion, barely edging out its La Liga rival Real Madrid, which sits at $4.75 billion. It’s the first time Barcelona has topped the list, which has seen either Real Madrid or Manchester United sit at No. 1 in each of the last 16 years. The presence of Lionel Messi, the highest-paid player in the sport, likely helps Barcelona in its marketability. However, the superstar’s contract is up at the end of the year, and he could leave for another top club this summer. Full Story Forbes (04/12)

Disney+ Hotstar VIP Adds New Fan-experience Features for IPL 2020

Sports Gooding Shop in Bangalore (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Broadcast giants Disney+ Hotstar have signed a deal with Google, to make the again audience-less Indian Premier League a more interactive experience for fans. Google will now allow fans to access a variety of video match content directly from the platform along with any searches related to the IPL. Full Story Sports Business (04/12)

XFL-CFL Interleague Championship Game Could be Start of Long-term Partnership  

Dwayne Johnson (Photo Credit: Front Office Sports)

Dwayne Johnson might be cooking up his version of a World Championship between the XFL and CFL. Among the options on the table for the two leagues is a post-season clash between XFL and CFL champions. Both leagues would play their regular seasons — there could be “interleague” games, similar to MLB — and once the respective XFL and CFL champions are crowned, they’d face off in an interleague championship game. There could also be an “All-Star Game” pitting player from both leagues. The long-term objective is to merge the two pro football leagues. Full Story Front Office Sports (03/12)

ITV Draws Peak of 8.8m Viewers for Historic Grand National

Rachael Blackmore (Photo Credit: Tim Goode)

UK horse racing’s Grand National returned to domestic television screens with a peak audience of almost 9 million last Saturday. Viewers were treated to a moment of history as Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore became the first female rider to win the world-famous steeplechase at Aintree, coming in first on Minella Times. The number of viewers on free-to-air commercial network ITV1 hit a high of 8.8 million, a 31.8 percent share, as the Grand National Festival returned after being canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020. Full Story Racing Post (04/11)

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