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Zak Brown founded JMI in 1995, selling the motor sport agency to Chime Communications in October 2013. This March he was made Group CEO of Chime’s sports marketing division, CSM Sport & Entertainment.

  • This week, advertising and PR giant WPP launched ESP Properties, a new sports marketing agency under run out of GroupM, its global media investment management company. ESP will target sports rights-holders and will be created through new hires, the integration of existing GroupM business units including IEG, and the acquisition of data-driven sports marketing agency Two Circles. Matt Cutler spoke to John Kristick, Global CEO of GroupM, to understand why it has been created and what the long-term ambitions are.

  • Argentinean rugby union legend Agustin Pichot, a World Rugby Council member, is heading up the creation a new national team competition for the Americas, based on the European Six Nations model. Pichot gave Elisha Chauhan an update on plans and its commercial structure, while also dismissing the possibility of Argentina bidding to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

  • At the end of March Mike Whan, the eight commissioner of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), agreed to a six-year contract extension. He joined the LPGA in 2009 following roles at P&G (Procter & Gamble), Wilson Sporting Goods, TaylorMade, Britesmile and Mission Hockey. Elisha Chauhan spoke to Whan about his rise through the ranks of the sports industry and how he plans to continue the growth of the LPGA during his extended tenure.

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    1 May 2015

    Owen Evans spoke to the FIFA presidential race’s inner circle – ex-members, lobbyists and national association chairmen – to see whether anyone can actually oust Sepp Blatter from his FIFA throne.

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    1 May 2015

    Sport’s major rights-holders will be watching closely this month as the European Commission (EC) unveils its attack against thegeo-blocking of media content. Owen Evans finds out what it could mean for the sale of broadcast rights going forward.

Daily news summaries

Date: 
28 May 2015

Football’s European governing body Uefa has led the calls for the scheduled election for the presidency of Fifa tomorrow (Friday) to be postponed amidst the crisis enveloping the sport’s global governing body.

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    28 May 2015

    Luxury clothing brand Louis Vuitton has expanded its association with the America’s Cup by becoming the title sponsor of the sailing event’s series.

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    28 May 2015

    South African pay-television broadcaster Siyaya TV has rubbished claims by the SABC that the country’s public-service broadcaster has struck a rights deal for coverage of South Africa’s national football teams, including the senior men’s team, known as Bafana Bafana.

  • Date: 
    28 May 2015

    US data company Gracenote has agreed a deal to acquire Infostrada Sports and SportsDirect in a move it states will make it the first global provider of music, video and sports data.

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    28 May 2015

    ESPN has reached a sublicensing deal with rival international pay-television sports broadcaster Fox Sports Latin America to acquire rights for the Serie A top division of Italian football across Latin America and certain territories in the Caribbean.

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    28 May 2015

    US sports broadcaster ESPN has agreed a deal with pay-television broadcaster One World Sports to simulcast North American Soccer League team New York Cosmos’ historic game against Cuba.