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Foxtel Lose The EPL

http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2015/11/02/optus-snatch-epl-broadcast-rights-down-under
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In an unexpected twist, Singtel-Optus have landed the Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in a three-year $50 million deal.

Optus, who blindsided Qatar-owned BeIN Sports and Fox Sports, will show the English Premier League as of the 2016-2017 season.

The deal includes "live broadcast coverage and digital rights for broadband and mobile", according to a statement issued by the telecommunications company on Monday morning.

It is a huge blow for the current rights holders Fox Sports, and BeIN Sports, who both reportedly submitted competing bids.

Optus, which holds the EPL rights in its hometown of Singapore, have made no secret of the fact it wants to become a serious sports media rights holders in Australia.

"This is another significant step in our strategy to become a mobile-led multimedia company," Allen Lew, Chief Executive Officer at optus said.

"With 930 million followers worldwide, the Premier Leagiue is one of the most sought after sports properties for content providers.

"Today's announcemet is a great win for Optus and will ensure that Aussie football fans can watch all the action from the world's most popular footba

Congratulation to young Nick D'agostino

D'Agostino Looks To Build On Award

Brisbane Roar Youth star Nick D?Agostino has his sights set on the Hyundai A-League after winning the PlayStation? 4 NPL Queensland 2015 Young Player of the Year award.

D?Agostino won the award after receiving the highest number of Most Valuable Player points by a player under 20 years of age throughout the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland regular season.

Despite making only nine appearances for Brisbane Roar Youth this season, the 17-year-old striker proved a constant threat to opposition defences and delivered seven goals.

He said he hopes the recognition will help him replicate the progression of previous Young Player of the Year recipients - 2013 recipient Kenneth Dougall (Brisbane City) currently plays professionally in the Netherlands and last year?s winner Braedyn Crowley (Northern Fury) earned a Hyundai A-League debut with Newcastle Jets last season.

?I feel privileged and honoured to win the award and seeing those names that have won it before me - you know that it really means a lot,? D?Agostino explained.

He also acknowledged previous standouts for Young Roar in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland who advanced to the Hyundai A-League - including Brandon Borello, Devante Clut, Shannon Brady and Jai Ingham.

?I hope I can do the same as they have and emulate them and achieve the best I can do like they have.?

?It?s always good to win awards but really y
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