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Highlights from the esports panel at Sports Decision Makers Summit London, including discussion of the impact of eSports and eSports culture on the structure, marketing, monetisation and presentation of future sports competitions.

Highlights of our 'media: the world beyond football' at SDMS London. How are rights owners outside the big money football bubble are developing effective media strategies?

As TikTok has grown into one of the world's most popular social-media apps during the past year, the short-form video-sharing platform has become an important tool for sports rights-holders to expand and engage their fanbases. 

Discovery’s acquisition of the Play Sports Group in January this year served further notice of its strategy to focus its energies on cycling. Ben Cronin speaks to Sameer Pabari, SVP, content & business development, Discovery, and Simon Wear, CEO & founder of PSG ahead of the Tour de France.

With Endeavor and Wanda Sports both preparing for IPOs, Frank Dunne looks at how the media rights strategies of their respective buying arms, the IMG and Infront agencies, fit into the two groups’ portfolios and explains why potential investors would be advised to look carefully at the small print around some key football deals.

The Pitch International agency has announced a new series of ‘All or Nothing’, which will feature the Brazilian national football team and will be made available on Amazon Prime Video.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and local organising committee of the Beijing 2022 winter Olympic Games have appointed Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba as the event’s ticketing systems and s…

Formula One and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) have shed further light on the direction they want the motor-racing championship to go from 2021 onwards by revealing the most detailed plan…

The Overwatch League esports competition has released more details on its planned home-and-away format for its 2020 season, with each franchise to host two-to-five “homestand weekends”.

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Fortnite player and Twitch streamer Turner 'Tfue' Tenney has become the first professional gamer to file a lawsuit against his own organisation over an unfavourable contract. Callum McCarthy asks if signifies the emergence of player power in esports.

The decision by the ATP Council not to renew Chris Kermode's contract as ATP executive chairman and president caused surprise when it was announced in March. Ben Cronin speaks to the outgoing tennis chief about his record.

IPO prospectus for parent company of the Infront agency and Ironman triathlon operator reveals strategy to focus on mass participation in China and predictions for the growth of the Chinese sports sector.

Few would argue against the fact that there is growing momentum behind women’s sports, both in media and commercial terms, but when will we be able to reach a stage where they are financially self-sustainable?

The first Sports Decision Makers Summit – from SportBusiness and Sportel – was held at the W South Beach in Miami over 6-7 May. After the event, our moderators shared the most interesting learnings they took home.

The launch of iX.co, a digitally native company which unites the strength of Infront’s digital operations and Omnigon, is designed to offer brands and sports bodies an opportunity to talk to consumers directly and in new ways.

SportBusiness’ postgraduate course rankings is back for another year.

SportBusiness' annual survey of the world's best postgraduate sport administration degrees returns for an eighth year.

James Skinner and Aaron Smith, of the Loughborough University Institute for Sport Business, run the rule over some of the current trends that are driving change and creating new opportunities across the sport business education sector.

Fifa and Uefa have both unveiled strategies for the long-term development of women's football. Frank Dunne examines what it would take to put female competitions on an equal footing with their male equivalents.

Formula One is likely to implement virtual advertising more widely in its global broadcast feed following its sponsorship and data rights partnership with ISG. But the sport needs to be careful not to fall foul of broadcast regulations concerning product placement. Ben Cronin reports

German football has earned praise for its blend of ideological purity and commercial nous, but calls to reform restrictions on private ownership and investment are growing. With the Bundesliga’s media rights coming to market, Callum McCarthy explores how the league’s commercial performance over the next 18 months could shape its long-term future.

The complexity and expense of gathering enhanced betting data at golf tournaments has to date limited the amount of in-play betting on the sport. IMG Arena’s senior vice-president, commercial, Max Wright, explains how the company’s acquisition of betting rights to both the PGA and European Tours will attempt to change this.

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