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In a special edition of the One-to-One podcast, following the latest corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, Owen Evans spoke to Bonita Mersiades (former head of corporate and public affairs at Football Federation Australia and Australia's bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup - left) and Andrew Woodward (the former global sponsorship head at FIFA sponsor Visa - right). Hear what Mersiades, the whistleblower from the Michael Garcia report into corruption around the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, had to say about the developments, and whether Woodward believes his former employers will live to regret their fierce criticism of FIFA this morning.

  • 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.

  • 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

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.