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Francini: PE poses threat to agencies, but it won’t make them irrelevant

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.

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New Zealand Rugby chief commercial officer Richard Thomas tells SportBusiness how the All Blacks' recent trip to the States is designed to help grow the game locally as well as the organization's financial pulling power.

Over the last five years, sport’s major governing bodies have integrated human rights into their decision-making processes. But for human rights campaigners, there is a lack of transparency around these processes which makes it impossible to assess how they are being applied, or indeed if they are being adhered to at all. Frank Dunne reports.

Imran Yusuf travels to Barcelona to visit the production studios of LaLigaTV, the Spanish top-flight’s 24/7 television channel, to examine how the league is focusing on innovation to compete in a squeezed media rights market.

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview George Kliavkoff, commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference. Eric and Chris also discuss National Basketball Association’s league-level cryptocurrency sponsorship deal with Coinbase, a $100m (€86m) funding round for startup digital collectibles company Candy Digital, and ongoing turbulence in the United States’ regional sports network business. They also explore the acquisition by OneFootball and Eleven of a pool of international rights for nine European football leagues, as well as increasing scrutiny from the US House of Representatives on the National Football League and Washington Football Team.