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In this month's issue we cover the following: MOROCCO 2026  –  The North African country pushes the vision of a 'compact' World Cup UNI

Greg Pitcher talks to Aecom head of sports engineering Peter Ayres, responsible for the design of Moscow's Okritie Arena, about the creation of the soon-to-be World Cup venue.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: NBA Finals tickets are cheapest in four years; FC Cincinnati to join MLS in 2019; and Twin Cities 'netted $370m from Super Bowl'

The Uefa Champions League is set to deliver another big increase in revenues in the next cycle, but there are still doubts it will survive beyond 2024. Frank Dunne explains why.

The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke has written a letter to FA Council members about the potential sale of Wembley Stadium and provided a Q&A to answer some of the questions raised about Shahid Khan's offer to buy the venue. The association granted SportBusiness International permission to publish the Q&A here.

The All Blacks are seeking commercial opportunities in the US to "future proof" their finances and Tim Leiweke teases a cashless, payment-less system at Seattle's NHL stadium. Bob Williams reports back from day two of Leaders Week in New York.

Anheuser Busch thinks the legalisation of gambling in the US might influence where it places its advertising and Visa reveals how the failure of the US team to qualify for the Fifa World Cup made it increase its digital spend. Bob Williams reports back from day one of Leaders Week in New York. 

In this week's China sports industry round-up: LPGA confirms replacement for failed Alisports tournament; SAIC Motor strikes Chinese Super League deal; and Vivo lays out World Cup activations

Organisers of the joint US-Canada-Mexico bid have promised a record $11bn profit for Fifa but anti-US sentiment globally has put a once-certain bid in real jeopardy. 

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred talks to SportBusiness International about the Supreme Court gambling decision, poor weather, the European push and Facebook broadcasts at the Leaders Week conference in New York

Changes to the Fifa host allocation process ought to give Morocco a better chance of hosting the Fifa World Cup than on any of the four previous occasions the country has bid for the tournament. Ben Cronin visits four of the host cities within the proposed bid to assess the strengths and weaknesses of its candidacy. 

On June 13, the 68th Fifa Congress will decide where the biggest ever World Cup in 2026 will take place. Ahead of their appearance at the Sportel Summit in Miami, John Kristick, executive director of the United Bid from the US, Canada and Mexico, is joined by Yon de Luisa, bid director – Mexico and Peter Montopoli, bid director – Canada, to address some key questions.
 

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Formula One back on CCTV; Fifa gets going on Chinese social media; and Beijing '22 NHL players debate rolls on

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Chinese scooter company becomes Fifa sponsor; CFA clears up player transfer levy; and Alibaba unveils plan for Olympics’ digital future

After previous host selection processes were blighted by controversy, Kevin Roberts argues that Fifa needs a strong bid from Morocco to create a competitive race for the 2026 World Cup.