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Rudd, Hockey on hand to turn NRL’s Las Vegas play into reality - January 25, 2024

The NRL’s Las Vegas season-opener is expected to go ahead as planned, with executives at the sport’s governing body planning to lean on the expertise of three former politicians to expedite a visa process for players.

The four NRL clubs that will travel to the United States to compete in the Las Vegas double-header on March 2 have been at loggerheads with the Australian Rugby League Commission over delays to crucial matters such as accommodation, visas and funds for offshore training camps.


But an urgent meeting on Thursday between the clubs, NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo and Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys ended with an agreement to hand the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters, Manly Sea Eagles and the Brisbane Broncos $700,000 each in funding for pre-season training camps and unlimited insurance for serious injuries. They have also been given assurances that all visas and accommodation issues will be resolved.

“We’ve got the comfort and satisfaction that we needed to make sure that it’s going to be a success. From now on, it’s full steam ahead,” Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly said. “What Peter and Andrew said today is they’re very confident that all players will get access to the US, which is really important to the game. We want to see the best players on the field.”

The NRL’s Las Vegas play is the brainchild of Mr V’landys and is based on concerns the game can’t sustain revenue growth by relying on local broadcast revenue, advertising sponsorship and wagering turnover.

But the process has been arduous and expensive. The Sydney Morning Herald reported earlier this week that the four clubs had written to Mr V’landys expressing concerns about a lack of information regarding visas, medical insurance, Las Vegas training venues and fast rising costs.

“There was a degree of frustration about some of the things and issues we were raising and couldn’t get a resolution,” Mr Solly said on Thursday. “Peter understood our concerns, and he understood some of the challenges Andrew has faced, and he was able to bulldoze through them.”

The NRL initially told the clubs players could travel to the US with visa waiver available for Australian travellers. Clubs were concerned about players being stopped by US customs, particularly those who had been arrested in Australia such as Payne Haas, Latrell Mitchell and Reece Walsh.

Mr V’landys will rely on Australian Turf Club chairman Peter McGauran, a friend and former Howard government minister, to expedite the visa process. Mr McGauran is a former consul-general and senior trade investment commissioner to Texas and currently works for Bondi Partners, the advisory and investment firm run by former treasurer Joe Hockey.

The NRL also plans to lean on Kevin Rudd, the Australian ambassador in Washington DC, and Mr Hockey to expedite the process.

Mr Solly said the clubs had received assurances that players would be able to get visas approved. Players who have not been arrested previously will enter the US on a waiver, while the others will apply for a visitor visa.

“They’re working with the consulate and government to make sure that process is expedited as quickly as can be,” he said. “Based on what we agreed today, we should be fine to sign the [final] agreement and get on with it.”

To make sure players are prepared to play in US conditions, the four clubs will base themselves in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas for more than a week before kick-off. The NRL agreed on Thursday to provide $175,000 per club towards the cost of that week.

“This is an investment right now for the future,” Mr Abdo said.

“Having said that, we’re not approaching this expecting massive losses. We’ve already started building revenue streams, we’ve got investment from sponsors, we’ve sold a number of tickets.”

(AFR)

 


UFC ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NRL AS THE AUSSIE FOOTBALL CODE LAUNCHES VEGAS MISSION

Ultimate Fighting Championship Joins Forces With World's Premier Rugby League Competition


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has today joined forces with the world’s premier rugby league competition, National Rugby League (NRL) to launch the sporting organization’s first Las Vegas venture.

Four of the Australian competition’s flagship clubs - South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos, Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters - will play in the Vegas showpiece to kick-off the 2024 NRL Premiership season at Allegiant Stadium on March 2.

The historic NRL double-header fixture will be the first played on U.S. soil and today, UFC Senior Executive Vice President Lawrence Epstein, Executive Vice President Dave Shaw and Hall of Fame athlete Forrest Griffin welcomed NRL officials and star players from the four clubs to the fight capital of the world.

The new partnership will see UFC build upon its already strong links with NRL to reach thousands of potential new fans in the Asia Pacific region, where the sport of MMA continues to experience exponential growth. The NRL is hoping to tap into UFC’s pulling power in the U.S. market to expand its own global footprint.

UFC announces strategic partnership with NRL as the Aussie football code launches Vegas mission


“Las Vegas is on the fast track to becoming the sports capital of the world. All the major U.S. sports leagues will have a presence here soon, and of course, Las Vegas will host its first Super Bowl here at Allegiant Stadium in February,” said UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Epstein.

“International sports leagues are also recognizing the value Las Vegas can bring to their brand. Just a few weeks ago we had the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, which was a great success and set the stage for additional F1 events in the years to come.

“NRL fans are going to love coming to Vegas to watch these matches. We've been to all the great cities, and there's nothing like the infrastructure we have here in Las Vegas - from hotel rooms to restaurants and night clubs, and all of the other entertainment and sports we have here. Fans are the most important component of the sports ecosystem, and when the fans have a great time, they talk about your brand more, they talk about the experience more, and that positivity just builds up,” said Epstein.

UFC announces strategic partnership with NRL as the Aussie football code launches Vegas mission


UFC Vice President, Head of International & Content Dave Shaw said the two organizations have enjoyed close ties over many years.

“There is a great link between our two sports, and I am excited about this partnership and the opportunities we have to grow together,” said Shaw.

“We know the NRL is one of the biggest sporting competitions Down Under and they have aspirations to grow their sport here in the U.S. We also know Australians are some of the biggest MMA fans on the planet - it is home to over 4 million of our 700 million global fanbase - and we are always looking at ways to continue to grow that fanbase in the APAC region.

“Since 2010, UFC has accomplished major milestones across Australia and New Zealand, delivering 20 events across most major cities, many of them record-breaking.

“We have seen UFC athletes like Alex Volkanovski and Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa start their careers in rugby league before transitioning to MMA... and we’ve also seen plenty of NRL stars enjoying the action at our UFC events across the globe. There is a connection between the sports that transcends beyond the Octagon and that is what excites us about this partnership.”

(Sources: NRL, UFC, FOX Sports, Wires and X)

 

 

 

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North American Box Office

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Tubi Makes Late Play To Be 'Streamer Of The Year'

Fox’s advertising supported streamer Tubi @tubi strikes deal with Warner Bros. Discovery to stream DC movies including “The Batman,” “Suicide Squad,” “Black Adam,” “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman,” in addition to as superhero themed series “Batwoman,” “Gotham” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”

The news comes at a not so great time for other streaming firms such as Netflix and don't even start us on embattled Disney, who parents and their offspring have been tuning out of in droves.

“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” “Green Lantern” and “Wonder Woman 1984,” will also hit Tubi’s on-demand lineup in 2024.

Available as of Tuesday are “Batman,” “Batman Returns” and “Batman Forever,” as well as “Superman: The Movie” and “Superman II,” and TV series “Batwoman,” “Gotham” and “Krypton.”

Pro wrestling living legend John Cena of WWE and 'Peacemaker' fame is keen to do some more work and collaborations with DC into the new year now that that apparent communications "ban" between him and DC powers that be is no longer. What a business hey, hence showbiz! Hollywood er Hollyweird, never mind.

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Grayson Waller & Austin Theory vs Dominik Mysterio and Santos Escobar

Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair vs Tiffany Stratton

Lexis King vs Trick Williams

Nia Jax vs Becky Lynch

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WWE @WWE US Champion Logan Paul is substance and style, and gets the Jazz Treatment; Maverick trends Jazzy socials with extra Prime Buzz!

Our topic pick for WWE's 'MVP' and 'Break Out Star', 'Standout Out Of Year Year' et al Logan Paul @LoganPaul appears on Jazzy's YouTube!

"Just like Jazzy, Be yourself, do what you love, take the leap" LP

WWE is the perfect thing for everything that I love in life. The showmanship, the combat, the physical nature of it, the storytelling, the media. It’s everything that I love. You know, we’re doing part of it right now but in a second I get to go out there and I get to go beat some people up. I think it’s fun for me people seem to enjoy it and truthfully Jazzy I think at age 27 I found my calling. I gotta say I’m good at it. Jazzy you’re looking at the US champ, the best WWE has seen in a while so I’m gonna be at it for a minute.” - Logan Paul

"People your beefing with. Maybe you have more in common than you think". - LP.

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"It's all challanging Jazzy, It's the hardest thing I've ever done, and I've done a lot of stuff".

"The comparison I like to use is in boxing right, I fought Floyd Mayweather, he's very good. But I was worried about one guy. One guy across from me - I was worried about Floyd Mayweather. In WWE, I'm worried about 18,000, 50,000, 70,000 people watching. It's my job, the company is paying me, to make sure that they're entertained. Right, these people are spending their money, and it's my job to make sure their having a good time, and its money well spent".. LP

Media Man: Absolutely loved this interview. Talk about a massive Win-Win-Win!

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Logan Paul talks about becoming a WWE Superstar, his brother Jake Paul, & his success as a Youtuber
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CM Punk makes his brand decision tonight on Raw: WWE Now, Dec. 11, 2023
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Will CM Punk sign with Raw?

Cody Rhodes vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Jey Uso vs Drew McIntyre

Maxxine Dupri vs Women's Champion Rhea Ripley

Confrontation: Becky Lynch and Nia Jax

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Media Man: WWE remains on fire. Wouldn't mind seeing Punk stay a free agent ala that late Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Just keep that WWE contract watertight! Royal Rumble Season is here! Bring on some dream matches!

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CM Punk’s whirlwind weekend: Raw highlights, Dec. 11, 2023
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CM Punk makes his brand decision tonight on Raw: WWE Now, Dec. 11, 2023
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Drew McIntyre takes advantage of Jey Uso’s hesitation: Raw highlights, Dec. 11, 2023
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Shinsuke Nakamura has been reborn: Raw highlights, Dec. 11, 2023
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Rhea Ripley dismantles Maxxine Dupri: Raw highlights, Dec. 11, 2023
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“Big” Bronson Reed and Ivar collide in a beefy battle: Raw highlights, Dec. 11, 2023
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The Creed Brothers and R-Truth brawl with The Judgment Day: Raw highlights, Dec. 11, 2023
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Media Man: The CM Punk vs Seth Rollins feud has set the wrestling world on fire. Ripley vs Maxxine has a real edge to it, as did Lynch vs Jax. "Heat" in pro wrestling often leads to great matches and great payoffs for fans and promoters. The Creed Brothers are off the hook and a brilliant addition to Raw. Reed vs Ivar over-delivered again. The backstage footage is hitting the sweet spot. World class action, drama and production values. This is pro wrestling and sports entertainment at the highest level. Royal Rumble season has arrived. Michael Cole and Wade Barrett did a tremendous call of the action through the entire broadcast.

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CM Punk makes his brand decision tonight on Raw
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"Would you show me how to do The Iron Claw? I dunno if I'm strong enough, but. How do you do it?

"Well, it's a simple hold".. Kevin Von Erich

And you just squeze. Comon, you can squeze. Oh, not that much".

"Eww"!

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"Oh man Ah, jeeze, this movie's insane. I never dreamed I'd play a character like Kevin Von Erich. It feels really special man. I really don't know how to put it into words. I'm kind of emotion. I've got Kevin Von Erich here. John Cena's here"... Zac Efron

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LinkedIn hits 1 billion users, eyes AI-driven future

Global networking platform LinkedIn has reached a major milestone, and recently hit one billion members. From the one billion professionals and 67 million companies on the platform, LinkedIn has distilled various labour market insights.

People skills remain paramount, while A.I continues to further infiltrate the internet including and a wide array of business sectors.

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UFC @UFC ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NRL @NRL AS THE AUSSIE FOOTBALL CODE LAUNCHES VEGAS MISSION

December 14, 2023

Ultimate Fighting Championship Joins Forces With World's Premier Rugby League Competition

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has today joined forces with the world’s premier rugby league competition, National Rugby League (NRL) to launch the sporting organization’s first Las Vegas venture.

Four of the Australian competition’s flagship clubs - South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos, Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters - will play in the Vegas showpiece to kick-off the 2024 NRL Premiership season at Allegiant Stadium on March 2.

The historic NRL double-header fixture will be the first played on U.S. soil and today, UFC Senior Executive Vice President Lawrence Epstein, Executive Vice President Dave Shaw and Hall of Fame athlete Forrest Griffin welcomed NRL officials and star players from the four clubs to the fight capital of the world.

The new partnership will see UFC build upon its already strong links with NRL to reach thousands of potential new fans in the Asia Pacific region, where the sport of MMA continues to experience exponential growth. The NRL is hoping to tap into UFC’s pulling power in the U.S. market to expand its own global footprint.

UFC announces strategic partnership with NRL as the Aussie football code launches Vegas mission

“Las Vegas is on the fast track to becoming the sports capital of the world. All the major U.S. sports leagues will have a presence here soon, and of course, Las Vegas will host its first Super Bowl here at Allegiant Stadium in February,” said UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lawrence Epstein.

“International sports leagues are also recognizing the value Las Vegas can bring to their brand. Just a few weeks ago we had the inaugural Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, which was a great success and set the stage for additional F1 events in the years to come.

“NRL fans are going to love coming to Vegas to watch these matches. We've been to all the great cities, and there's nothing like the infrastructure we have here in Las Vegas - from hotel rooms to restaurants and night clubs, and all of the other entertainment and sports we have here. Fans are the most important component of the sports ecosystem, and when the fans have a great time, they talk about your brand more, they talk about the experience more, and that positivity just builds up,” said Epstein.

UFC Vice President, Head of International & Content Dave Shaw said the two organizations have enjoyed close ties over many years.

“There is a great link between our two sports, and I am excited about this partnership and the opportunities we have to grow together,” said Shaw.

“We know the NRL is one of the biggest sporting competitions Down Under and they have aspirations to grow their sport here in the U.S. We also know Australians are some of the biggest MMA fans on the planet - it is home to over 4 million of our 700 million global fanbase - and we are always looking at ways to continue to grow that fanbase in the APAC region.

“Since 2010, UFC has accomplished major milestones across Australia and New Zealand, delivering 20 events across most major cities, many of them record-breaking.

“We have seen UFC athletes like Alex Volkanovski and Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa start their careers in rugby league before transitioning to MMA... and we’ve also seen plenty of NRL stars enjoying the action at our UFC events across the globe. There is a connection between the sports that transcends beyond the Octagon and that is what excites us about this partnership.”

(Sources: NRL, UFC, FOX Sports, Wires and X)

Media Man says: Love it. A massive Win-Win-Win!

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LinkedIn hits 1 billion users, eyes AI-driven future

Global networking platform LinkedIn has reached a major milestone, and recently hit one billion members. From the one billion professionals and 67 million companies on the platform, LinkedIn has distilled various labour market insights.

People skills remain paramount, while A.I continues to further infiltrate the internet including and a wide array of business sectors.

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Movie Gaming

Can movie theatres and online streaming live side by side?


It’s been a tough time for movie theatres around the world with a number of factors contributing to the decline in the number of people heading to the cinema to watch movies. In a world that is embracing digital technologies, the movie industry is in danger of getting left behind unless they quickly embrace the technologies available that will get people excited to return to movie theatres and get the enjoyment of the cinema experience once again.

The rise of the video game industry

Whilst there are plenty of factors that are influencing people’s decision to visit the cinema, there is no doubt that the rapid rise of the online video game industry is a large contributing factor. People are starting to look elsewhere for their entertainment and online video gaming provides a lower-cost alternative to a trip to the cinema.

A report by MarketWatch in 2020 found that the video game industry is now bigger than the sports and movie industry combined. Just take a minute to digest that. Bigger than movies and sports - that’s big.

The news outlet reported that global video game revenue is expected to increase 20% in 2020, making $179.7 billion, according to data from IDC.

The biggest gain is expected to come from mobile gaming, according to the news outlet, which is expected to surge 24% to $87.7 billion. Part of this is due to China recently lifting a ban on gaming consoles.

Game console revenue is expected to soar to $52.5 billion this year, while PC and Mac games are expected to make $39.5 billion.

In their most recent report, MarketWatch reported that whilst overall revenue was expected to grow by 11% in 2021 to $251.39 billion, the forecast for 2022 is just a 2% growth and a flattening out of that rapid growth over the past two years.

Is this a potential opportunity for cinemas to reclaim some of that lost audience share?

Early signs look good for cinemas in 2022

If the latest movie releases in 2022 are anything to go by, it looks as though the movie theatre industry is not ready to give up just yet. Spider-Man: No Way Home became the biggest grossing movie of the past two years, grossing over $US1 billion ($1.38b) in the first two weekends. It is the second-fastest film ever to reach the $1 billion mark and suggests that this could be a big year for cinema-goers.

Following in its footsteps is another 2022 release, The Matrix Resurrections, a movie that grossed $US12 million in its opening weekend.

Whilst this is a great start to the New Year for movie theatres around the world, it remains to be seen whether this is a trend that continues throughout the year. With a number of high profile movies due for release in 2022, this could be a time for cinemas to really cash in.

The impact of streaming and long-form content

It is unlikely that cinemas will have it all their own way in 2022. Whilst it is great to see people returning to movie theatres to watch the latest releases on the big screen, there is no question that home viewing is here to stay.

As more studios and media distributors are developing their own direct-to-consumer streaming services, this starts to eat into the revenue of major studios.

Studios derive almost half of their revenues from theatrical releases. Although the average number of movie tickets purchased by Americans each year has declined from 4.2 in 2009 to 3.4 in 2019 (Source: Deloitte), studio revenues are driven more by box office tickets now than they were 20 years ago.

Streaming is having the biggest impact on people going to the movies. As televisions have improved, where you can now watch movies at home in 4K high-definition on screens with sizes up to 100”, with surround sound, people have become more willing to wait for the latest release movies to become available on streaming services including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Stan.

Another major impact on the cinema industry is the consumer switch to long-form content in the form of series. Many people feel there is more depth to a series that contains anywhere from six episodes upwards. Game of Thrones was one of the groundbreaking series to really capture the audience’s attention, however, there are so many amazing series now that it is becoming more difficult for movies to compete with the depth and the character development that a series can bring.

Huge series like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and more recently, Succession, have really captured the attention of audiences around the world and this is something movie producers need to consider.

The entertainment factor

It’s not just video games and streaming that are competing for people’s attention. Another industry embracing technology is the online casino and betting sector. Here, we have seen huge advancements in the way people are able to game online. One company leading the way in the sector is Betway, “Developed by our exceptionally talented people, Betway creates market-leading, cutting-edge interactive gaming experiences. We bring people closer to the action – putting them at the centre, making them feel a part of it.”

From the introduction of in-game betting to the development of new and exciting interactive games, these online gaming sites are leading the way when it comes to embracing new technologies that can lead to better experiences for customers.

The movie industry is at a real crossroads. With competition coming from every direction within the entertainment industry, studios and distributors need to find a way to either a) get more people back into movie theatres or b) look at alternative ways to ensure that movies can compete with online gaming, live sports streaming and online casinos for a share of customer eyeballs.