FINANCE & LAW PORTAL

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Blake Lawrence, chief executive and co-founder of Nebraska-based athlete marketing platform Opendorse. Fisher and Russo also discuss the return of golfer Tiger Woods from a serious auto accident to compete in The Masters, the opening of the legal sports betting market in the Canadian province of Ontario, Major League Baseball’s new streaming agreement with NBCUniversal’s Peacock, the ongoing sale of the National Football League’s Denver Broncos, and MLB’s new use of PitchCom technology.
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Foley & Lardner LLP litigation associate Samuel Fishman explores the potential legal pitfalls of using tribal-state compacts to bypass state law approval of sports betting in the United States.

In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Marc Badain, lead executive on Oak View Group’s dramatic arena and entertainment complex planned for Las Vegas, Nevada. Fisher and Russo also discuss a recently completed stadium funding plan for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, a $100m financing round for trading card and collectibles company Collectors Holdings Inc., Sorare’s expanding presence in the United States through a new agreement with Major League Soccer, college basketball’s Final Four, and the forthcoming debut of Major League Baseball games on Apple TV+.
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The National Football League's Washington Commanders have reportedly paid approximately $100m (€94m) for 200 acres of land in Prince William County in Woodbridge, Virginia, for what could be a potential sit…

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has reported a record profit of €30m ($32m) for the 2021 financial year. The RFEF has been helped towards this landmark figure by a 60.8

Relegated Premier League club Burnley, along with Leeds United, is to pursue its action against fellow club Everton for supposed breaches of financial rules

Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm of Major League Soccer, has extended its commercial partnership with the Mexican Football Federation in a deal through 2028, according to multiple reports and…

In a replay of an April 14 webinar, we explore the implications of fast-increasing activity by professional athletes in outside business ventures while still actively competing in their respective sports.

Hajime Shoji, the COO of Japan's domestic rugby union league, explains how the competition has been extensively remodelled to capitalise on a surge of interest in rugby in Japan following the country's hosting of the 2019 World Cup.
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Danny Townsend, managing director of Australian Professional Leagues, speaks to SportBusiness about Silver Lake's $100m investment into Australian club football.
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Tencent Sports, the sports division of Chinese digital media giant Tencent, has scrapped six internal business units and cut 100 jobs - about one third of its workforce - according to local media reports

The International Olympic Committee has declared revenues of $7.6bn (€7.2bn) for the 2017-21 Olympic cycle after the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics helped increase its revenues to $4.2

American investment firm RedBird Capital Partners has reached a preliminary agreement to buy Italian Serie A club AC Milan after rival bidder Investcorp put its bid on hold, according to reports

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has paid compensation to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a bid to heal the rift caused by New Zealand’s cancellation of its tour of Pakistan last year, according to reports.

The costs of Kansas City Current's planned soccer-specific stadium have risen by $47m (€44m) to $117m, it has emerged.

LaLiga giants Real Madrid has secured a €360m ($380m) deal with United States-based global investment firm Sixth Street, which has acquired the right to stage a series of events at the redeveloped Santiago Bern…

The Australian Football League (AFL) has agreed to almost double the wages of players in the AFLW women’s competition as part of a new collective bargaining agreement with the AFL Players’ Association (AF…

In this week’s episode podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Mitesh Mehta, senior vice president of betting, gaming, and strategic sports for NBC Sports Next, the network’s technology and innovation division. Fisher and Russo also discuss the still-increasing presence of the cryptocurrency industry in sports sponsorship, New York City’s decision to exempt pro athletes from a Covid-19 vaccine mandate, an accelerating march into United States college sports by data companies such as Genius Sports and Sportradar, and Nike’s recent earnings report that was quickly followed up by a renewed relationship with the estate of the late Kobe Bryant.
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Global sailing series is poised to lay down an important marker by becoming the first major league to establish a team funded and operated by a crypto crowdfunding organization. SailGP chief executive Sir Russell Coutts explains the strategy to Bob Williams.
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In this week’s episode podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Chris Giles, co-founder and chief executive of California-based FanRally. Fisher and Russo also discuss the recent earnings report from Ultimate Fighting Championship parent Endeavor Group Holdings Inc., ESPN’s high-profile acquisition of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for its Monday Night Football booth, ongoing sports-related issues from the Russian invasion of Ukraine including the forthcoming sale of the Premier League’s Chelsea, and a ballpark development setback for Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s.
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In this week’s episode, podcast co-hosts Eric Fisher and Chris Russo interview Lou DePaoli, managing director at global sports consulting and management firm General Sports Worldwide. Fisher and Russo also discuss the new collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, MLB’s streaming rights agreement with Apple, continued developments with the Premier League’s Chelsea and Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the National Football League’s season-long suspension of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley for gambling offenses, and ownership moves for the Premier Hockey Federation’s Toronto Six and Boston Pride.
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