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    SportsPro (09 Jan 2020)

    FA promises media rights sales review after Bet365 backlash

    THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION will review its media rights sales process after being criticised for allowing BET365 to stream FA Cup matches on its website and app that were not made available for regular broadcast. The betting brand has held rights to show matches from the FA Cup since the start of last season, giving fans access to live matches to games if they place a bet or open an account with a deposit 24 hours before kick off. Bet365 offered 23 matches to watch via its digital platforms during the recent third round. The FA were criticised for its position on gambling companies after previously announcing it would cut ties with the sector in July 2017. The FA confirmed it will review this element of its media rights sales process from the 2024/25 season.

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    Campaign (03 Jan 2020)

    Public Health England delays third-round FA Cup games

    PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND launched a campaign to encourage football fans to look after their mental health. All 32 FA CUP third-round matches between 4 and 6 January were delayed by one minute to prompt fans to consider their well-being. PHE partnered with The Royal Foundation and The Football Association's Heads Up Initiative. During the one-minute delay, a film narrated by the Duke of Cambridge was shown in stadiums, on TV and on social media. Created by FREUDS, the spot featured black-and-white close-ups of famous faces in football including Frank Lampard, Chris Karama, Harry Maguire and Lionel Messi. Halfway though, the ad turn into colour and shows the starts comforting each other, set to James Bay's 'Hold Back the River'. It promotes the Mind Plan platform where people can log their feelings to receive an action plan. The campaign aims to target men as 69% of football fans in England are male, and are less likely than women to seek help for mental health concerns. It will be supported by ads in match programmes, LED boards at stadiums and VoD.

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