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The idea that e-sports – organised multiplayer video game competitions – are moving from a niche proposition into the commercial mainstream is a difficult notion for most die-hard sports fans. But are e-sports becoming part of the commercial mainstream? 

  • Oli Slipper, alongside Simon Denyer, built the Perform Group into a digital sports business that now boasts 1,500 employees in 26 countries. He told Matt Cutler why he has taken the decision to step down as co-CEO, how he went about masterminding the company's growth and where the opportunities and challenges are for the company going forward.

  • Date: 
    1 March 2015

    The sponsorship alliance between football and foreign exchange (forex) trading companies is becoming a permanent fixture. Owen Evans looks at why. 

  • Date: 
    20 February 2015

    The Copa America Centenario, a special edition that will be held in 2016 to mark 100 years of the continental national team competition, will be the biggest football tournament to set foot in the United States since the 1994 FIFA World Cup. 

  • Date: 
    1 March 2015

    United States President Barack Obama’s decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba will have a big impact in sport, especially for Major League Baseball (MLB) and boxing. Barry Wilner explains why.

  • Ian Ritchie is chief executive of the English RFU (Rugby Football Union) and former chief executive at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). In this week's SportBusiness International One-to-One podcast he talks to Owen Evans about Friday night match scheduling, regulating the secondary ticketing market and launching six different shirts in the space of 10 months.

Daily news summaries

Date: 
27 February 2015

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has today (Friday) requested that the WorldTour licence of the Astana Pro Team, home of reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, be withdrawn amid anti-doping infringements surrounding the squad.

  • Date: 
    27 February 2015

    The 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi generated an operating profit of R3.25bn (€47m/$53m), it was announced yesterday (Thursday) on the first day of an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Date: 
    27 February 2015

    Australian rugby league competition the NRL is set to make a decision this year over whether to expand in 2018, with the organisation today (Friday) unveiling profits of A$49.9m (€34.1m/$38.8m) for the 2014 season.

  • Date: 
    27 February 2015

    Chelsea has unveiled tyre manufacturer the Yokohama Rubber Company as its new shirt sponsor in a record commercial partnership for the English Premier League football club.

  • Date: 
    27 February 2015

    Swiss watch company Swatch has agreed title sponsorship deals with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in relation to the global governing body’s beach volleyball World Tour.

  • Date: 
    27 February 2015

    Spanish agency Mediapro has taken control of the Euro Hockey League and its international media rights after acquiring the Pro Sport agency’s shareholding in the continental hockey tournament.