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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.

  • 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: 
26 May 2015

SportAccord has suffered a fresh blow with the Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP) withdrawing its hosting rights to the 2017 World Combat Games in the wake of the fallout created by president Marius Vizer’s controversial comments about the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

  • Date: 
    26 May 2015

    Sports betting provider Spor Toto has agreed a title sponsorship deal with the Turkish Basketball Federation for the Turkish Basketball League Play-offs.

  • Date: 
    26 May 2015

    Fifa will continue to “lack credibility” if Sepp Blatter remains president of football’s global governing body, according to Michel Platini, the president of the sport’s European governing body, Uefa.

  • Date: 
    26 May 2015

    Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff has revealed that Formula One’s current dominant team has been approached by three other constructors over the possibility of acquiring so-called “customer cars”.

  • Date: 
    26 May 2015

    Mediaset Premium’s parent company RTI has acquired a supplementary package of rights to support the pay-television broadcaster’s coverage of Italy’s Serie A top football division for three years, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

  • Date: 
    26 May 2015

    Pay-television broadcaster Sky has acquired rights in New Zealand for the Netball World Cup national team tournament.