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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

26 May 2015

The Association of National Olympic Committees has become the latest organisation to speak out against SportAccord and its president Marius Vizer, with ANOC president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah today (Tuesday) maintaining that its plans for a Beach Games multi-sport event will be launched “very soon”.