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Rugby is on the rise in the United States, as seen seen reports of growing interest in a potential bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup from national governing body, USA Rugby.

Against this backdrop, Owen Evans spoke to Jonathan First, president of United World Sports, the promoter preparing to launch the first-ever professional rugby sevens league next year, to capitalise on the short-form of rugby union’s debut at the Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games.

 

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    UEFA has found a way to better understand its fanbase through a market segmentation campaign. Matt Cutler reports.

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    30 June 2015

    English Football Association (FA) director and ex-FIFA Task Force Member, Heather Rabbatts, on the future of world football’s governing body and how women’s sport is entering the commercial mainstream.

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    30 June 2015

    Broadcasters, event organisers and sponsors have tried and failed to crack the sporting code in India, in an attempt to reach the country’s billion-plus cricket-mad population. We hear from the insiders who have succeeded.

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    30 June 2015

    Athletics is on the brink of new leadership for the first time in 16 years, with two Olympic and athletic legends – Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka - facing off in the battle to succeed Lamine Diack as president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). We asked industry insiders who is odds on to win the sport’s biggest race.

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    30 June 2015

    Owen Evans speaks to Gian-Franco Kasper, newly-appointed interim chairman of SportAccord, about his plan to dismantle the union in order to get it back into the Olympic Family.

Daily news summaries

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30 June 2015

European football’s governing body Uefa has awarded the 2017 Champions League final to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, while the Swedish municipality of Solna will host the 2016-17 finale of the Europa League.

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    30 June 2015

    Australia and New Zealand’s joint-hosting of the 2015 Cricket World Cup generated more than A$1.1bn (€755m/$844m) in direct spending according to analysis carried out by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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    30 June 2015

    Beijing’s bid committee for the 2022 winter Olympic Games has denied that an investigation into a deputy Chinese sports minister over alleged corruption could have an impact on its effort to secure hosting rights to the multi-sport event.

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    30 June 2015

    The Toronto Raptors has become the latest franchise in the National Basketball Association to acquire the right to own and operate a team in the NBA D-League development competition.

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    30 June 2015

    The International Olympic Committee has said it received more than 10 bids in the auction that resulted in US media and entertainment company Discovery Communications and its pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport acquiring television and multi-platform rights in a host of European markets for four editions of the Olympic Games, from 2018 to 2024.

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    30 June 2015

    Global banking group HSBC has extended its title sponsorship of the World Rugby Sevens Series national team rugby union competition.