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What are the major challenges facing international federations (IFs) in 2015, and what can they do to achieve better decision-making and more transparent governance? Kevin Roberts takes a look.

  • Michael Downey, CEO of the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), has had twelve months to find his feet at the top of British tennis having arrived from Tennis Canada. Owen Evans met him at the National Tennis Centre to find out what his blueprint is to make tennis in the UK mean more than just a fortnight of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon once a year.

  • On Wednesday April 8, former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka outlined the manifesto for his bid to become president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). Matt Cutler spoke to Sergey about his plan to create a new CEO role at the IAAF and a Business Commission comprising leaders in media and marketing to advise the federation on commercial strategy.

  • Mel Stein, chairman of the AFA (Association of Football Agents), has been representing footballers such as former England great Paul Gascoigne for more than three decades. However, this week FIFA abolished its FIFA agent licence, leaving the industry door open to unlicensed 'intermediaries' to step in and claim fortunes in commissions for major football transfers. Owen Evans met Mel Stein at the Premier League headquarters to find out why this came about and what the future holds.

     

  • Date: 
    1 April 2015

    Sean Cottrell is founder of LawInSport, one of the sector’s go-to websites featuring expert commentary and analysis on the latest legal developments in the world of sport. He looks at upcoming legal issues that could have a significant impact on the future direction of the sports industry.

  • Date: 
    1 April 2015

    Owen Evans spoke to leading lawyers to get a behind-the-scenes look at the sports law sector, find out what major issues have come across the desks of major firms in recent months, and identify what areas of the sports industry are changing so fast that the legal sector is struggling to keep abreast.

Daily news summaries

Date: 
20 April 2015

A host of international sports federations and organisations have rallied behind the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and president Thomas Bach in the wake of SportAccord president Marius Vizer’s controversial comments earlier today (Monday).

  • Date: 
    20 April 2015

    SportAccord president Marius Vizer has opened fire on the International Olympic Committee, criticising president Thomas Bach’s ‘Agenda 2020’ reforms and accusing the IOC of blocking plans by the umbrella group for sports federations of establishing its own multi-sport events.

  • Date: 
    20 April 2015

    The NFL American football league has entered into a multi-year partnership with sports and betting-related services company Sportradar.

  • Date: 
    20 April 2015

    Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol has stated that he is close to finalising a deal to acquire a majority stake in Serie A football club AC Milan, claiming he will travel to the Italian city this week to complete the transaction.

  • Date: 
    20 April 2015

    The British Olympic Association has signed a long-term extension to its partnership with German sportswear giant Adidas.

  • Date: 
    20 April 2015

    The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has entered into a partnership with US-based footwear company Ariat International.