Sports promoters, agents, marketers and media buyers and sellers to ramp up online coverage and daily fantasy sports online; Media Man reports

Sports promoters, agents, marketers and media buyers and sellers to ramp up online coverage of sports betting and daily fantasy sports online; Media Man reports


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Mark Cuban. Owner of Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of AXS TV. Cuban by AXS association, is strongly linked to New Japan Pro-Wrestling. New Japan is ramping up gaming, both videogames and fantasy sports components, if you believe the internet and newsletter buzz. Pro wrestler Kenny Omega is confirmed for the 2018 CEO Gaming event in Florida.


by Greg Tingle

Line up, line up, it's the Greatest Show On Earth. Ok, not quite, but you get the idea.

Many a sports and esports promoter may tell you that there's the greatest opportunities ever presenting in this steroid version of eSports and Daily Fantasy Sports combination.

Australian and global leading mainstream sports and business brands are getting in on the action. Of course the likes of EA Sports and UFC want in, but now we have names such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling and their Kenny Omega (wrestler) and Mark Cuban (ASX TV executive... and head of NBA's Dallas Mavericks) about to unleash a full scaled assault. Omega is even appearing at the upcoming CEO Gaming event in Florida. You can bet that Vince McMahon's WWE is watching this space very closely, and don't forget Mr McMahon is to launch his own version of American Football, the XFL, in 2020, and should this happen be looking out for the sports betting and eSports component.

The Star, formally known as Star City Casino, now has its own Cyberpunk Studio. That's alien for videogaming hangout. You will have to book it via The Star. Pack your games and energy drink, and head downtown to Ultimo, Sydney, Australia. Note that only 2 people are officially allowed to stay the night in the room. You've been warned. You could expect a competitive counter strike by James Packer's Crown Resorts brand, including Crown Melbourne, Crown Perth, Crown Hotels, and his current pet project, Crown Barangaroo aka Crown Sydney.

Sydney based Tom Waterhouse of the famous and infamous Waterhouse booking bloodline is also understood to be getting ready for the next evolution of his wagering business, and its going to be interesting to see what Team Waterhouse comes up with this time. A little birdy told us that it's not likely to involve William Hill, but then again, stranger things have happened in the Australian gaming and betting industry.

Somewhere in Antigua or Canada, sports betting and online casino tzar, Calvin Ayre is relaxing by his pool drinking cocktails, or if its all too tempting, he's going to excuse himself from the pool and female companions, and get working on the next stage of Calvin Ayre dominates the gaming world via eSports. If there's a good $ to be made from all the eSports and Daily Fantasy Sports action, you can bet the likes of Ayre wants in.

Kids, there's going to be a lot more to report on this exciting developments, but the Media Man crew thought we would just whet your appetite. Game hard, or go home!



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PLE's (Premium Live Events) 2024

Confirmed at time of publication

WWE Royal Rumble
January 27.
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth
February 24.
Optus Stadium
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

WWE WrestleMania 40
April 6, April 7.
Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WWE Backlash: France
May 4.
LDLC Arena
Décines-Charpieu, Greater Lyon, France

WWE Money in the Bank
July 6.
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WWE Bash in Berlin
August 31.
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin, Germany

Media Man: WWE, part of the TKO Group is riding a wave of momentium. Strike while the iron is hot. Global domination of the professional wrestling landscape continues. Premium Live Events is the newer term what previously were called Pay-Per-View (PPV) events. Under leadership of Nick Khan and Triple H WWE is powering ahead in a very much global major event direction, as well as presenting amazing storytelling and in-ring action, while the marketing, merch and media arms keep powering ahead, frequently breaking and smashing records. Back in our Optus TV PPV and Main Event TV collaboration work at Optus we always saw the potential of massive WWE growth, but certainly never saw it getting this big. - Greg Tingle, Media Man Group


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UFC - Foxtel Group Pay-Per-View Partnership

January 2024

Kayo Sports (part of The Foxtel Group), out of Australia, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
have officially commenced a new multi-year agreement from January 1, 2024, which sees Main Event
– available only on Kayo Sports and Foxtel – become the exclusive home of UFC Pay-Per-View events down under in Australia aka Terror Australis! The readership knows we like media on the edge, so we've got to slip the Aussie slang in every now and again to suit the theme right.

The first Pay-Per-View (PPV) exclusive event will see UFC middleweight Champion Sean "Tarzan" Strickland make his virgin title defence against South African Dricus "Stillknocks" Du Plessis as they marquee UFC 297 direct from Toronto on January 21.

This partnership casts Main Event as the undisputed home of PPV in Australia, with a prized tradition of showcasing the biggest UFC fights across the globe, as well as being a key part of seeing up and coming top range fighters climb to the top since 2008.

Under the terms of the new agreement, fans looking to hit up a buy of a UFC PPV will be redirected to Foxtel and Kayo Sports’ Main Event platform for exclusive access to world class matches. UFC Fight Pass will continue to broadcast live UFC fights, including the Preliminary bouts to UFC PPV events and each UFC Fight Night event in its entirety, in addition to live and on-demand combat sports and unforgettable archived bouts from around the world.

In addition to all the UFC PPV events, sports fans can expect a full menu of UFC content, including UFC Fight Nights, UFC Pay-Per-View Prelims, UFC Countdown, DC & RC, plus selected titles from UFC’s Fight Library on ESPN, available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.

Ahead of the UFC’s first PPV event in 2024, Australian foodie critic, MasterChef Australia judge and self-confessed fanatic Melissa Leong will host UFC Fight Week on Wednesday, January 17, available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel. Melissa will be joined by panellists Tyson Pedro and Dan Hooker as they break down UFC 297 and interview Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. The show will be replayed daily leading up to the event.

UFC’s popularity has boomed since it was first broadcast in Australia in 2008. There are now in excess of 700 million UFC fans across the globe. In Australia and New Zealand, UFC counts more than 4.3 million fans and features the youngest fan base of any professional sport in Australia with 48 per cent aged between 18-39. These stats are gold to the business of sports marketing, sports media and other associated business arms.

“We’re excited to strengthen and expand our relationship with the UFC, the fastest growing sport in the world, and 2024 will deliver a line-up of epic battles, kicking on January 21 with UFC 297,” said Rebecca McCloy, executive director of commercial sport at Foxtel Group.

“Foxtel and Kayo Sports are the best sports broadcasters in the country and they have backed UFC in Australia since the beginning. Together, we will continue to grow UFC in Australia and they will be the destination for the biggest and baddest fights we put on year-round,” said UFC president Dana White.

It will be a full UFC schedule on Main Event in 2024. Following UFC 297, all eyes will turn to Australia’s fan-favourite UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski for his much-anticipated title defence against Georgian Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 in California on February 18.

Media Man: Combat sports PPVs certainly have boomed in Australia since circa 1996 to 2000 when we most closely collaborated and cross promoted with Main Event while working for Optus Vision/Communications in a full-time capacity. The UFC continued to build upon the earlier success of pro boxing and pro wrestling on pay-per-view. The YouTube and social media based features are great, but there's nothing quite like a main event MMA match on PPV for those who live and breath combat sports. Many fighters and former fighters these days even have their own channels across the internet. Exciting times for combat sports fans as well as for those who work in and around the industry. Another chance to ground and pound and KO with the best of them thanks to the UFC, Kayo Sports and Main Event.

Videos To Help Get Casual and Hardcore Fans Up To Speed on UFC 297

(Sources: UFC, Main Event and News)





Calvin Ayre. Canadian-Antiguan entrepreneur based in Antigua and Barbuda, and founder of the Ayre Group and Bodog


Eric Bischoff, sports and entertainment entrepreneur and Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman Of The Board. Bischoff has many business interests including the promotion and broadcast of 83 Weeks


Australian based Tom Waterhouse.


Mike "The Miz" Mizanin is quite the sports betting and daily fantasy sports expert, often appearing on the likes of TMZ Sports. Pictured with his wife Maryse on WWE television.


Australian actor Russell Crowe has been linked to South Sydney Rabbitohs, a favourite team of Australian punters. NRL has expanded its sports betting with NRL Tipping and NRL Fantasy


American pro wrestling and sports identities, Jim Ross and Ric Flair. Best known for their impressive careers in the professional wrestling industry, both gentlemen are sports betting savvy and have promoted daily fantasy sports via podcasts, namely the DraftKings brand. Ross has also done by by play for NFL.


Pro wrestler Kenny Omega might be the new face of eSports, at least in the United States and Japan. Omega is confirmed for the 2018 CEO Gaming event in Florida.



Cyberpunk Studio. The Star. Ultimo, Sydney, Australia


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All In. Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and and associates took a bet on filling a 10,000 seat arena and won. Expect numerous social media updates from Rhodes, Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson).

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UpUpDownDown. Xavier Woods aka Austin Creed spearheads this gaming show. Facebook


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