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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.

  • A growing number of influential leaders from Premier League Clubs, Governing Bodies, Media, Government and other stakeholders in sport realise the importance of women in sport. Over recent years there has been greater female participation levels, increased influence over purchasing decisions, and the growing commercial appeal of athletes and teams. Not to mention a new generation of women leaders working in the business of sport.

    With this in mind, SportBusiness International's events partner Leaders has created a new half-day event, Leaders Meet: The Game Changers. Taking place on 21 May 2015 at Chelsea FC, the event will feature some of the most influential men and women in sport on stage as well as insights from high profile marketing, digital, government, media and business leaders.

  • 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.

  • Date: 
    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.

  • Date: 
    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: 
22 May 2015

French Football League (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez has defended the decision to reduce the number of teams relegated from Ligue 1 from three to two commencing with the 2015-16 season, stating the move will give investors in the domestic game “more security.”

  • Date: 
    22 May 2015

    Francesco Ricci Bitti, president of the Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF), has hit out at Marius Vizer’s controversial comments about the International Olympic Committee (IOC), claiming the SportAccord president has a “lack of understanding” of the Olympic Movement.

  • Date: 
    22 May 2015

    Boston 2024 has confirmed the anticipated appointment of Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of NBA basketball franchise Boston Celtics, as chairman of its bid to host the Olympics

  • Date: 
    22 May 2015

    The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has launched a process to find a new host for the 2017 edition of its Asian Youth Games after withdrawing the event from Sri Lanka due to ongoing problems regarding preparations in the country.

  • Date: 
    22 May 2015

    The Fédération Equestre Internationale, the global governing body of equestrian, has appointed the IMG agency as its production partner.

  • Date: 
    22 May 2015

    The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) has welcomed its second major sponsorship this week for the 2015 Gold Cup national team tournament after agreeing a deal with Delta Air Lines.