Mar 27, 2018

Turner launching “Bleacher Report Live” sports streaming service

A view of the Staples Center before a Lakers-Cavaliers game this month. Photo: Josh Lefkowitz / Getty Images

A new digital streaming service and app called “Bleacher Report Live” (B/R Live for short) will be available to consumers beginning in April, acting as Turner's one-stop destination for live digital sports consumption and discovery. By implementing flexible pricing options this summer, it aims to reach highly-engaged millennial sports fans.

Why it matters: Consumers still watch sports and news live, which is why TV networks think they'll be able to get consumers to pay extra for digital streaming packages built around those topics. NBC and CBS have both launched live sports streaming services while Disney plans to launch one for ESPN this spring.

What you can watch: the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, NBA League Pass games, 65 NCAA Championships, the PGA Championship, National Lacrosse League, The Spring League, Red Bull Global Rallycross, World Arm Wrestling League, and more.

  • NBA League Pass, in particular, will allow fans to purchase and watch live NBA games in progress at a reduced price.

The context: The news comes as Turner's parent company, Time Warner, is in the midst of fighting the DOJ to win a merger deal with AT&T. One of the DOJ's concerns is that the merger may cause AT&T to withhold valuable content from other telecom companies.

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George Floyd protests: Unrest continues for 6th night across U.S.

A protest near the White House on Sunday night. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Most external lights at the White House were turned off late Sunday as the D.C. National Guard was deployed and authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters nearby, per the New York Times.

What's happening: It's one of several tense, late-night standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in the United States.

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Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").