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September 2019

Mobile sports app revenue hits $93 million in second quarter as DAZN claims top spot

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Total revenue generated from mobile sports apps reached $166 million in the first half of 2019 as streaming services continued to grow in popularity around the world.

According to Sports App Status Report by analyst firm Sensor Tower, combined App Store and Google Play Store revenue hit a record $93 million in the second quarter, beating the all-time best of $73 million set a quarter earlier.

Analysts now believe the $100 million threshold could be breached for the first time in the third quarter.

Revenue from mobile sports apps

The number of downloads recorded over the past three months was 254 million, surpassing 200 million for the fifth consecutive quarter. However, this figure was down year-on-year, with 294 million downloads in the second quarter of 2018, mainly due to the World Cup in Russia.

Given Android’s much larger install base, it’s no surprise that Google’s mobile platform accounts for the lion’s share of downloads. Android was responsible for 186 million, with the App Store contributing 68 million.

However, iOS is a much more lucrative platform for app developers. Although Google Play’s revenue doubled to £24m in the second quarter, three-quarters was generated by Apple’s market, amounting to $69m.

The continued growth can largely be attributed to the rise of online streaming. DAZN, which only entered the rankings last year, was the top app by revenue in the first half. This ended the long reign of MLB At Bat, which offers live audio and video of baseball games via in-app purchases.

DAZN getting the top spot is significant because it reached the top spot despite only being available in a select number of countries.

Meanwhile, ESPN, which now offers subscriptions to its expanded ESPN+ streaming service in the US, moved up five spots. MLB At Bat drops to third place, with NBA in fourth and fifth place, GPS hunting app OnX Hunt proves it’s not just streaming that’s driving growth.

As sports broadcasters expand beyond traditional TV platforms and the organizations themselves go direct-to-consumer (D2C), the market will continue to grow. At the same time, the digitization of sport and the generalization of 4G and 5G networks will see the emergence of entirely new applications.

While the heady days of 2018, when the App Store saw a 70% increase in revenue, are unlikely to repeat themselves, net revenue could top $250 million this year. Longer term, analysts expect a 23% growth rate over the next five years, with revenue reaching $520 million by 2023.

On the Google Play side of the equation, the projected growth rate is largely the same at 22%, reaching $151 million. This means that the total market for sports apps will reach $635 million within five years.

Of course, these numbers only represent revenue generated directly from the app itself. They do not take into account subscriptions paid elsewhere, nor the impact of the legalization of sports betting by the US government last year.

3-0 Packers take on Eagles on Yahoo Sports app

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Aaron Rodgers could finally have a championship-caliber defense again with the Green Bay Packers.

And suddenly we don’t know if Rodgers’ offense will be good enough to make it back to the Super Bowl.

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As the Packers prepare to face the struggling Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app, things would look very good in Green Bay. The Packers are 3-0 and have previous wins over NFC North rivals Chicago and Minnesota.

Still, there are concerns about an offense that is far from impressive at this stage. Rodgers knows this can’t go on.

The Packers offense was unimpressive

The schedule has been set for a slow start to the Packers offense. The Bears and Vikings have stellar defenses. Green Bay faced the Denver Broncos in Week 3, and while the Broncos defense has mysteriously struggled this season, there’s still talent in this group.

Still, it’s strange to see an attack led by Rodgers not yield much. The Packers are 23rd in points and 28th in yards in three games. In addition to avoiding interceptions — Rodgers hasn’t intercepted in 93 attempts — the offense ranks below average in just about every major offensive stat. The Packers had a 21-point outburst in their first three practices against the Vikings, but other than that the offense hasn’t been good.

“It’s time for us to do our part on offense,” Rodgers said, according to “In the future, we will face very good football teams. At some point, we can’t expect our defense to stop everyone. They were, but at some point the attack will have to wake up and start playing. »

It’s probably good that Rodgers and the Packers recognize the offense needs to improve despite a 3-0 start. It is more difficult to determine if the problems are fixable.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is off to a relatively slow start this season. (AP)

Many factors in offensive struggles for Green Bay

There are many factors involved in the slow start to the attack, and timing is clearly one of them. This is not the only one.

New coach Matt LaFleur brought in a new system, and the only other time he ran an offense was last season with the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee ranked 27th in points and 25th in yards last season, but with injury issues at quarterback Marcus Mariota. Still, LaFleur doesn’t have much of a track record. Maybe we’ll look back and realize that LaFleur wasn’t as good as his reputation. We do not know yet.

There are also questions about Rodgers. He will be 36 on December 2. His 2017 and 2018 seasons were plagued with injuries and while he wasn’t bad when he played, he didn’t live up to his usual standards. It has continued this season, and he is healthy.

The supporting cast also gets off to a slow start. Davante Adams was pretty quiet, with 198 yards and no touchdowns, and Jimmy Graham had just three catches for 30 yards. Rodgers said the Packers need to get them both started.

Green Bay’s defense has been fantastic for three games. That’s why the Packers are 3-0. If the Packers want the good times to continue, the offense needs to show up as well.

“We never wanted to just run the game of football here,” Rodgers said, according to the Packers’ website. “The standards are very high for us. We have to play much better in attack. We played good defences, there’s no doubt about it, but the level and expectations are very high here, and we haven’t met them in attack.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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Packers-Bears launches its 100th season on the Yahoo Sports app

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The Green Bay Packers, perhaps more than any other team, must be happy that they can finally play a game.

It has been a long time since a relationship between a quarterback and a first-year coach had garnered as much attention as pair Aaron Rodgers-Matt LaFleur. It is understandable and tiring. At least when the Packers take on the Chicago Bears to launch the 2019 Thursday Night, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports mobile app, there will be something new to say.

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Green Bay is a small market, which means the Packers coverage is intense. The Packers are the main topic of conversation 365 days a year in Wisconsin. Everything is dissected. So when there was a question to the Boy Scouts combine in February about how much Rodgers could be audible on the line, it was a story that went on for months.

“You just won’t stop with this audible thing. It’s unbelievable, ”a frustrated LaFleur said on Tuesday. ” What do you want me to say ? “

It has been a long offseason, but that doesn’t mean the problem isn’t important.

Matt LaFleur’s relationship with Aaron Rodgers takes center stage

Rodgers’ relationship with LaFleur is so important because of what happened with Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy was fired last year after 13 seasons as a head coach, and there were rumors about Rodgers’ relationship with him. Next, Tyler Dunne wrote a memorable Bleacher Report story detailing the friction between the two, which could date back to Rodgers being ignored in the San Francisco 49ers draft when McCarthy was their offensive coordinator. The story included stories of Rodgers disrespecting McCarthy and regularly changing parts after they were dispatched.

This story did not help LaFleur. He’s a newbie head coach, and that has a lot of challenges. Add to that trying to manage a relationship with a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is one of the greatest figures in franchise history, and it gets even trickier.

And when everything is in the news, even a trivial disagreement over the validity of common practices, it adds to the tension.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur at training camp. (Getty Images)

Rodgers could thrive in a new attack

At training camp, Rodgers said he didn’t like joint training, especially the safety aspect of live special team drills. LaFleur, separately, said he liked joint practices. And, in some quarters, this became proof that there was already friction between the two. When you step back and think about the situation, two men disagree on a subject that does not really touch them on a daily basis, it’s crazy that it becomes the sign of a relationship that is already deteriorating. There is no shortage of overreactions when it comes to this story.

That’s why the Packers must be happy to play a game. We can see if Rodgers goes on to a new offense. McCarthy’s offensive had become obsolete. If LaFleur is as good as advertised – and it’s fair to be skeptical about that – then Rodgers could have a big final chapter in his career. If he wins another Super Bowl with LaFleur, there will be a very different take on his legacy, and it will revolve around McCarthy holding him back.

We’ll see the first results Thursday night against a Bears defense that was the best in the NFL last season. If Rodgers and the offense fight from the get-go, we’re sure to hear a lot about it.

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Do you have any advice? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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