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Ultimate Sports City 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: San Francisco 49ers fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the NFL International Series game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on October 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

London has reclaimed its crown as the world’s Ultimate Sports City. The award was once again handed out at the SportAccord convention, which this year took place in Bangkok, Thailand.

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NFL team demonstrates its forward-thinking, internationally-minded outlook with the introduction of the its Member Inclusive Menu and establishment of a global supporters club. Bob Williams reports.

Ryder Cup added to European Tour and PGA Tour rights Revenue share model underpins bookmaker deals to reflect immaturity of in-play golf betting product

In this week’s episode podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Kate Howard, chief commercial officer for Eventellect, a Texas-based ticket distribution advisory firm that has quickly become one of the key industry players in the management of live sports attendance. Eric and Chris also discuss the initial public offering for global sports data provider Sportradar, strong early-season business metrics for the National Football League, a substantial funding round for international esports organization the Mobile Premier League, and revenue distribution recommendations for college sports in the United States from the Knight Commission.

Ioris Francini, the former co-president of WME IMG and now specialist commercial advisor to the sports industry, gives his take on the shifting dynamics in rights brokerage and distribution and the spate of private equity deals sweeping through sport. Ben Cronin reports.