Europe

The UK government’s sports development organisation, Sport England, has appointed Roger Bottomley, chairman of a leading leisure group, as interim CEO.

The weekend TV ratings slump for the NFL continued with the viewing figures for the flagship Monday Night Football (MNF) show slipping on the previous year.

The National Basketball Development League (NBDL) is broadening the reach of its television coverage following a deal with Fox Sports Net South.

Greece has pledged to deliver key venues for the 2004 Olympics on time despite construction delays that have worried the IOC.

The vice-president of German soccer giants Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has described the UEFA Cup as a "mess" and called on the marketing of TV rights to be centralised.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has appointed Japanese advertising giant Dentsu to handle worldwide television and sponsorship sales for its World Athletics Series.

Soccerex 2001 has been postponed until next April following the terrorist attacks in the US.

Extreme Group's Extreme Sports Channel has launched in France.

Scottish soccer club, Glasgow Rangers has signed a deal with specialist sports licensing agency Giraffe to licence and distribute its merchandise overseas.

Global Sportnet, the Hamburg-based marketing and consulting company, has secured the worldwide television and advertising rights to all UEFA Cup home matches of Milan-based soccer team FC Internazionale outside of two Italian territories.

The drunken exploits of Chelsea soccer stars has put the English Premier League club's £24m ($35m/B

Organisers of the Heineken Cup rugby tournament have granted a request by Toulouse to switch their match with Irish province, Leinster.

South African provincial cricket side Free State have played down suggestions Hansie Cronje will make a return to cricket with them if he wins his appeal against a life ban.

Six Nations rugby officials are considering an overhaul of the tournament structure, including the possibility of staging matches on a Friday night.

UK-based financial services group Old Mutual have been unveiled as title sponsor for the upcoming one-day cricket series between Zimbabwe and England.

Sponsorship Partners has today been appointed as the official sales agent of SportBusiness Group for Northern Ireland and Eire.

Leeds United Football Club has urged the Professional Football Association and England's soccer authorities to settle their differences quickly over television contracts.

Leeds United Football Club has urged the Professional Football Association and England's soccer authorities to settle their differences quickly over television contracts.

Great Britain’s chances of hosting the 2005 World Athletics Championships have been dealt another blow according to reports.

Sponsorship research agency S:Comm Research is relaunching its corporate website.

The board of Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid has approved this year's revised budget for the club.

Athens 2004 Olympic organisers will propose a new, tougher security plan to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspection team visiting Greece this week in the wake of the air attacks on the US.

IOC president Jacques Rogge has said athletes should not be excluded from the Olympic Games because of their country's politics.

Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh is close to signing a A$1million (US$490,000, B