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The genesis of a new or renovated stadium begins with the rights-holder who creates a brief that has to both push boundaries and stay within budget. Elisha Chauhan spoke to venue operators of the historic MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and MLB (Major League Baseball) team the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field to find out the challenges each faced in the design process.

In the fourth in a series of five mini reports on sports event hosting, in association with the Ultimate Sports Cities rankings, we take a look at tourism and public interest. There is a discussion of the latest thinking around tourism and public interest, and case studies looking at the top five cities in the category of tourism and public interest in this year's rankings - London, Melbourne, Sochi, Copenhagen and Calgary.

In addition to constructing a premium sports venue, the Perth Stadium, Rob Ridley finds out how the Western Australian government is creating a sports precinct to enhance the Aussie rules gameday experience.

Melbourne was the top ranked city in the 2014 Ultimate Sports Cities rankings in the category of Event Strategy. Melbourne's Victorian Major Events Company (VMEC) is one of the world’s leading events acquisition groups. Developed in 1991, VMEC is recognised as a competitive and highly successful organisation that has secured countless sporting and cultural events for Melbourne’s major events calendar.

This third annual survey of global sports media consumption by Perform, KantarSport and TV Sports Markets takes our research wider and deeper than before. Wider, because the number of territories covered has increased from 10 to 14, with the inclusion this year of important growth markets such as India, Indonesia, Japan and Turkey. Deeper, because we have asked questions designed to burrow down into new areas, such as consumers’ second-screen activities, that have not been properly examined until now.

This second annual survey of global sports media consumption by Perform, KantarSport and TV Sports Markets confirms many of the trends highlighted in the first report in 2011 and brings into even sharper focus some of the changes in consumer habits that anybody working in the sports media industry needs to be attuned to.

Elisha Chauhan finds outs how the newly-renovated SCG (Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground) will use technology to maximise its ticket and in-stadium product sales.

Former Cricket Australia and ICC (International Cricket Council) chief Malcolm Speed gives insight into a career plagued with allegations of corruption against players and organisations he overlooked.

As self-employed professionals, tennis players are not being coerced to play by an employer; they’re making the choice themselves to play in high heat conditions. Sports solicitor Andrew Crudge evaluates what impact this have on the organiser’s liability should any serious health issues arise.

As the Premier League embarks on its international rights sales, SportBusiness Intelligence, the market intelligence and consultancy arm of the SportBusiness Group, looks at how top football properties…