‘PES 2019’ hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One on August 28th

If you'd rather not support EA's definitions of "gambling" and "loot boxes" but still want to play virtual soccer football, maybe this year's Pro Evolution Soccer from Konami will tickle your fancy. PES 2019 will be in stores August 28th (US) and Aug…

The Russia World Cup comes to ‘FIFA 18’ on May 29th

As the domestic football season starts to wrap up, all eyes are turning to the World Cup in Russia. EA, unsurprisingly, wants to celebrate the competition with a video game tie-in — this year, however, it will be released as a free update for F…

NFL renews deal with Amazon for ‘Thursday Night Football’ through 2019

A year ago, Amazon secured the rights to stream Thursday Night Football, reportedly beating the previous year's online broadcast partner Twitter (along with Facebook and YouTube) with a $50 million bid. Today the NFL announced it's renewed its deal w…

Amazon scores another two years of ‘Thursday Night Football’ streaming

Amazon just announced that it’s scored the rights to stream Thursday Night Football games for another two years. The contract renewal will bring 11 NFL games simulcast on Fox to its Prime video offerings for both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, including weeks four through 15 of the season, save for Thanksgiving. 

The NFL and Amazon partnered for a similar deal in 2017 said to be valued at around $50 million, which brought in 18 million viewers combined. No price has been disclosed this time out, but the site was said to be one of a number of big players bidding for streaming rights, including Twitter, YouTube and Verizon — all of whom have beefed up their professional sports offerings in recent years.

Of course, Amazon’s got plenty of money to play around with these days. The company posted a $51 billion revenue earlier this afternoon, beating expectations and bumping its own stock price up 7 percent in the process. Continued streaming of the U.S.’s most popular sport will give the company a continued edge as it looks to distinguish its video offering from the likes of Netflix. 

Earlier this week, the service also announced that it had partnered with NFL Films for a third season of its football documentary series, All or Nothing — this time focused on the Dallas Cowboys.

FIFA approves use of video referees at 2018 World Cup

Video assistant referees are about to get their biggest test to date. In the wake of an earlier general approval, the FIFA Council has authorized the use of VARs at the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. The tool will help refs make decisions on di…

Twitter will livestream Major League Soccer games

Twitter hasn't scored a major sports livestreaming deal in a long while, but that drought is over. Variety has learned that the social network has struck a 3-year deal with Major League Soccer that will give it a selection of weekly video, including…

Twitter and Fox Sports have high hopes for their World Cup live show

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia just around the corner, right holders to the event are starting to share more details about their coverage plans. And, to no surprise to anyone, social media will play a major role in that. Fox Sports, FIFA's En…

FIFA rulemakers approve the use of video referees

Like it or not, video assistant referees are about to become a mainstay of the beautiful game. The International Football Association Board, which sets rules for FIFA as well as UK associations, has unanimously approved the use of VARs in soccer (ak…