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Posted in: Women's sport revenues tipped to break $1 billion barrier See in context

But more than 50 percent of total revenue for women's sport is still generated in North America despite the growth of women's soccer in Europe.

The booming popularity of women's sport is expected to lead to more prime-time broadcasting slots and visibility on streaming platforms.

Commercial income still accounts for more than 50 percent of total revenue, but that percentage share is falling thanks to bigger broadcast deals and attendances on match days.

They know where the support is

The recent finals for the WNBA and NWSL bear it out

"2023 WNBA Finals nets highest TV viewership in 20 years on ESPN"


Each game averaged 728k viewers and audiences increased by 36% on last year's finals. The Las Vegas Aces’ series-clinching game four win was watched by an average audience of 889,000 viewers, becoming the most watched WNBA Finals game four on record. The game’s viewership peaked at 1.3 million

"WNBA ratings highest in decades as crowds also climb"


The WNBA once again had strong metrics this year as the league had its most-watched regular season in 21 years and its highest average attendance since 2018. Viewership was up 21% over last year across its national television partners

"Big-time NWSL championship a sign of where the league can go"


Saturday's NWSL championship aired in prime time on broadcast television. It featured a two-hour pregame show and that included multiple on-site talent crews. The NWSL has certainly come a long way in its 10 seasons of existence.

"Look around," OL Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock told reporters on Thursday, taking a breath to let the setting sink in. Fishlock and her teammates -- along with players from NWSL championship opponent NJ/NY Gotham FC -- sat at tables throughout an NWSL media day event in a swanky downtown San Diego venue to speak with dozens of national media members about the league's marquee end-cap to the season.

The bright orange and purple hues of the 2023 NWSL championship branding evoked the feel of a Super Bowl-lite and popped in contrast to the venue's modern rustic theme. Cameras from local and national outlets joined several in-house league content teams to capture moments both serious and (mostly) silly.

Earlier Thursday, NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman sat beside executives from four different major media entities to announce a new, four-year media rights deal worth a combined $60 million per year. Starting next year, ESPN/ABC, CBS, Prime Sports, and ION will combine to broadcast over 100 games to national audiences. This for a league that launched 10 years ago with unreliable livestreams on YouTube that often matched high-school sports production levels.

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Posted in: Taiwan's Golden Horse awards sees return of Chinese stars See in context

"Our film's (Chinese) name is 'Pineapple' and Taiwan's audiences have told me that pineapple means good luck" in Taiwanese culture, Hu said in a brief televised interview.

Yes, Taiwanese culture, not Chinese culture. She recognizes the difference

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Posted in: S Korea, Australia, Japan win World Cup qualifiers See in context

Both China and Syria lost big

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Posted in: Rolling Stones announce 2024 North American Tour in support of 'Hackney Diamonds' album See in context

Keep on going, Strolling Bones!

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Posted in: Hokkaido police officer arrested for assaulting woman while drunk See in context

He grabbed the hood of her jacket and pushed her against a wall.

Kabedon swoon

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Posted in: Microsoft hires OpenAI founders to lead AI research team after ChatGPT maker's shakeup See in context

If the OpenAI employees do quit and join Altman at Microsoft, Microsoft essentially makes an acquisition without making an acquisition, lol

"Microsoft emerges as big winner from OpenAI turmoil"


"Microsoft's valuation soars as OpenAI turmoil unfurls: CEO and key staff join forces"


OpenAI has a valuation of around $86 billion. Microsoft has invested around $13 billion, but only a fraction of that has been wired to the startup - while a significant portion of the funding, divided into tranches, is in the form of cloud compute purchases instead of cash

So, to keep it simple, for the cost of $13 billion, Microsoft can essentially make a $86 billion "acquisition" if the OpenAI employees quit and follow Altman to Microsoft (as of now, 725 of 770 OpenAI employees have signed the letter threatening to quit unless the OpenAI board resigns and reinstates Altman)

(Microsoft is fine going either way - whether Altman and his employees stay at OpenAI or go to Microsoft. Microsoft has certain rights to OpenAI’s intellectual property, so if their relationship were to break down, Microsoft would still be able to run OpenAI’s current models on its servers.)

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Posted in: Microsoft hires OpenAI founders to lead AI research team after ChatGPT maker's shakeup See in context

Microsoft are hedging their bets, no matter what happens with OpenAI, that they will have the brains and knowledge behind the tech

Meanwhile, OpenAI employees are now threatening to quit unless the board resigns

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Posted in: ChatGPT maker OpenAI fires CEO Sam Altman for lack of candor with company See in context

Atlman and OpenAI co-founder Brockman have been hired by Microsoft, who are hedging their bets no matter what happens with OpenAI

OpenAI staff now demanding the board resign

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Posted in: ‘The Marvels’ melts down at box office See in context

People realized they like Barbie better

Barbie is woke too

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Posted in: Classes on celebrities like Taylor Swift and Rick Ross are engaging a new generation of law students See in context

Law is everywhere, including showbiz

It's best to learn law everywhere, not just the boring sections

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Posted in: X fails to pay Australian watchdog fine See in context

Lol, seems there's nobody manning their offices anymore

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Posted in: Ground Self-Defense Force member arrested for breaking into home in Chiba Prefecture See in context

Like the U.S. soldier arrested for trespassing in home in Aomori Prefecture a couple weeks ago


Court-martial and kick all the JSDF out on the streets

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Posted in: Olympic sports bodies want talks with IOC after cricket and others added to 2028 LA program See in context

the ioc should lose restrictions on the football tournament and allow players of all ages to take part

FIFA won't allow that. FIFA only allows football/soccer in the Olympics on the condition that it's for Under-23. Allowing 3 over-age players is the compromise towards the IOC

FIFA won't allow the Olympics to be anywhere near on par with the World Cup and the money it earns there

(The women's tournament is a different matter though, since that's not as lucrative yet.)

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Posted in: Self-Defense Forces hold drill to repel invaders See in context

If there's gonna be a military, then may as well train it

Having a military, but not doing trainings, is useless

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Posted in: Japanese island holds disaster drill in shadow of China threat to Taiwan See in context

Yonaguni is only 110 km from Taiwan.

If China attacks Taiwan, the JSDF should be prepared for emergency collateral casualties such as stray missiles and airborne debris

It's better to be prepared and not have to use it, then have to use it but not prepared

Fear is a system of control and a way to manufacture consent for the military buildup

Yes, China does it in spades

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Posted in: Koi emerge as new source of souring relations between Japan and China See in context

Koi don't swim in Fukushima waters

Just goes to show that it's not about science with China - they're just looking for any reason

So next time China complains about something, then references science - this proves it's not really about science with them. They're just looking for any reason, so it destroys their credibility

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Posted in: Russia ramps up attacks on key cities in eastern Ukraine See in context

These Hamas-style terror attacks need to stop. Civilians are getting hurt. They have also taken hostages previously.

Yeah, Russia should stop raining missiles to civilian apartments and return the thousands of Ukrainian children hostages back to their Ukrainian families

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Posted in: Starry, starry night See in context

Don't block the stars with the lights!

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Posted in: Kishida wary of joint China, Russia bomber flights near Japan See in context

Japan uphold pacifism with your neighbors through dialog and actions

Then demand that China and Russia do the same thing - instead of sending bomber flights near Japan

Why are China and Russia sending warplanes if they're trying to uphold pacifism with their neighbors

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Posted in: Philippines joins Japan-led naval drills as brushes with China rise in disputed South China Sea See in context

Friends help friends. Good on Japan

It's better to be prepared and not need to use it, than need to use it and not prepared

Just like they were too chicken to attack Russia, so they got Ukraine to "act strong" and threaten them. Acting strong, with all the NATO training, arming, and support, did not help Ukraine...

Ukraine never threatened Russia, until Russia invaded Ukraine. Ukraine has no interest in taking over any Russian land, while Russia is the opposite - Russia wants to take over Ukrainian land. That's why Ukraine had no reason to threaten Russia - they just want Russia to stay on their side of the fence

And supposedly being a "superpower" is not helping Russia - Russia can't even beat Ukraine and even has to pay a visit to impoverished North Korea (a country with no money that's resorting to stealing!) to beg for weapons

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Posted in: Pacific island nations express concern over Japan's tainted water release See in context

If they're so concerned, send their scientists

Don't rely on other countries' mouthpieces

Send them to China too while they're at it - where there's been a nuclear power plant construction spree

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Posted in: China's 'Singles Day' shopping bonanza loses its luster See in context

The economy is not going well, and people have less money

Not to mention that this Livestreaming business is predatory

Livestreamers -- who draw in millions for e-commerce giants in China with marathon online sales pitches

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Posted in: Video chat service Omegle shuts down following years of user abuse claims See in context

They won due to Omegle not verifying the participants' ages

Does Microsoft?

Microsoft doesn't pair you randomly with strangers

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Posted in: Video chat service Omegle shuts down following years of user abuse claims See in context

Not sure how they could sue and win based on that

They won due to Omegle not verifying the participants' ages - they just let the 11-yr-old in

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Posted in: Nintendo announces new 'Zelda' movie See in context

Legend of Zelda co-creator Shigeru Miyamoto revealed in a post on Twitter Tuesday that the Zelda movie project has actually been in the works for many years.

This is Miyamoto. I have been working on the live-action film of The Legend of Zelda for many years now with Avi Arad-san, who has produced many mega hit films.

The co-production is more than 50% funded by Nintendo, so Nintendo would retain creative control, like they did with The Super Mario Bros movie with Universal Pictures

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Posted in: Striking actors agree on deal with Hollywood studios See in context

The actors got their AI safeguards. The union surprisingly stayed in solidarity despite going through a lot of their financial funds

The studios needed the strike to end very soon in order to have enough time for the next summer big movies and save whatever is left of the lucrative holiday TV season

The film business not only affects the studios and actors and writers, but also the periphery businesses like the shops that supply the food and costumes, and the technical workers that set up and run the production sets. The work stoppage is estimated to have cost in the many billions of dollars in lost earnings. Everyone will be glad the work stoppage is over and can earn again

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Posted in: Actors' union says no agreement on studios' 'final' offer See in context

Why do ya guys think the studios would do anything different with just a different set of writers or actors?

Ya think the studios don't make these decisions like they have always been?

It's the same studios!

When you and your jobs are replaced by A.I., do ya think your bosses would do anything different? Ya guys so funny, lol

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Posted in: Premier League's slow slide into video review chaos far removed from FIFA vision for VAR in 2016 See in context

Let A.I. decide in a split-second

Can't be any worse, lol

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Posted in: Humanoid robots are here, but they're a little awkward. Do we really need them? See in context

“There’s not enough people doing these jobs, so the market’s massive," said Figure AI CEO Brett Adcock. "If we can just get humanoids to do work that humans are not wanting to do because there’s a shortfall of humans, we can sell millions of humanoids, billions maybe.”

Well, Mr. Adcock, as they say with The Rules of First Adopters of New Technology:

The first 1% of new technology are the early adopters

The next 10% are for porn

Then followed by the rest of the population at last

That's why

(See "home video media" and "internet")

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