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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.


  • This week's podcast features Mike Tomon, who has worked with a host of major American sports franchises before moving onto the sports agency side with AEG Global Partnerships, where he was senior vice-president of global premium sales. 

    Tomon then controversially moved to work with the Legends agency as president of its north American sports and events. Legends is headed by former AEG president of Global Partnerships Shervin Mirhashemi, who was accused of poaching Tomon in a court case launched by AEG.

    Elisha Chauhan asked Tomon why he made the move and whether it was the right decision.

  • Date: 
    4 June 2015

    English Premier League clubs have voted to remove the League's title sponsor category once Barclays existing deal expires at the end of the 2016/17 season.



  • Ahead of SportBusiness International's upcoming Big Debate feature (July issue) on whether sport's major boardrooms should allocate seats to women via quotas, Elisha Chauhan spoke to Onexim Sports and Entertainment president Irina Pavlova.

    Pavlova is also the de facto president of NBA (National Basketball Association) team Brooklyn Nets, attending all NBA owner meetings on the behalf of one of Russia’s richest men Mikhail Prokhorov, who bought 80 per cent of NBA team New Jersey Nets in 2010, and moved them to Brooklyn having also acquired 45 per cent of the Barclays Center sports and entertainment arena.

    As Onexim president, Pavlova also manages the Barclays Center - making her one of the most powerful women in the sports industry.

  • Date: 
    1 June 2015

    Is the rebranding of sports federations a waste of time and money?

  • Date: 
    1 June 2015

    The skills needed to win friends and influence people on Twitter are changing as fast as the technology that promotes them. Owen Evans spoke to social media experts working at six mainstream sports media outlets to identify how they have achieved strong followings, interaction and engagement.

Daily news summaries

29 June 2015

US media and entertainment company Discovery Communications and its pan-European sports broadcaster Eurosport have acquired television and multi-platform rights in a host of European markets for four editions of the Olympic Games, from 2018 to 2024, in a deal valued at €1.3bn ($1.46bn).