Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Given Tyrann Mathieu’s past, there was really no way his future would not be scrutinized. The Arizona Cardinals’ third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Mathieu was dismissed from LSU prior to last season because of multiple drug-related issues. Since then, the 21-year-old has worked to get back on the field and stay clean.The Cardinals took a chance by drafting him, and now it’s up to Mathieu to show he has indeed turned his life around. And if he hasn’t, it won’t be a secret. Sounds like everyone is on the same page, and that’s a good thing. The Cardinals took a chance on Mathieu because of his undeniable talent, but the reason he fell to the third round is because of his undeniable past. And the hope, for all parties involved, is that a bright future awaits. – / 33 According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Mathieu has entered into the NFL’s drug-testing program and could be subject to up to 10 tests per month.Mathieu has welcomed all additional drug testing, agreeing to be tested once per week upon being drafted by the Cardinals. Because he’s in the league’s program, he’ll have no choice.Mathieu’s agent, Pat Lawlor, told Rapoport that “both sides understood the issues we were dealing with.” 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

RTL aims to grow the number of paying subscribers

RTL aims to grow the number of paying subscribers

first_imgRTL aims to grow the number of paying subscribers to its SVOD services to three million and to grow revenue from video-on-demand to €360 million by 2021, after the number of paying subscribers to its services passed the one million mark at the end of last year.Bert HabetsCEO Bert Habets said the group would focus on creating “local streaming champions” as well as strengthening content creation. RTL will invest at least an additional €350 million in expanding its streaming offerings over the next three years, including €300 million to be invested in content across all genres.Habets emphasised that the investment should not have a significant impact on RTL’s bottom line.“As our streaming services are deeply integrated in our families of TV channels, these investments will generate sizeable additional revenue and will thus have limited impact on our operating profit. Every investment in local, exclusive content is an investment for the long run, strengthening both our linear TV channels and streaming services. In other words: we will continue to generate very healthy profit margins,” he said.RTL’s paying subscriber base, combining TV Now Premium in Germany and Videoland in the Netherlands, passed the one million mark at the end of 2018, and the company aims to triple this within three years. TV Now Premium’s base grew by 43.5%, while Videoland grew by 134.9%, driven by local originals such as Temptation Island VIPs and crime series Mocro Maffia, both made exclusively for the service.Habets said that the group may “increase our ambitions in this space” if SVOD growth exceeds expectations.Habets said that RTL also aims to generate more than €500 million from international drama productions from Fremantle by 2021, adding that drama series were “also key for the expansion of our streaming services”.The group posted solid full-year 2018 revenue figures that were boosted by its digital offerings and its Fremantle production unit. Group revenue was up 2.1% to €6.5 billion, driven by its digital businesses, Fremantle and a strong performance by RTL Nederland. Digital revenue was €985 million, up from €826 million, and now represents 15.1% of the total.RTL said that only 45.8% of its revenue now came from TV advertising, with the remainder coming from activities such as content and platform revenue as well as digital.RTL posted EBITDA of €1.38 billion, down 5.7% as the result of the one-off sale of the group’s Paris buildings in 2017, but up 0.7% on an adjusted basis.last_img read more