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In this week's US sports industry round-up: ESPN Plus kicks off with MLS deal; YouTube TV adds subscription sports channels; and LA to cash in on NBA All-Star Game

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Disney dishes details of new streaming service; US Soccer election enters home stretch; and Rose contract proves a major thorn for Adidas

In this week's US sports industry round-up: Atlanta stadium bucks concession pricing trend; Fox buys Thursday Night Football rights; and Solo files complaint against US Soccer

In this week's US sports industry round-up: NBA wants legalized sports gambling; Fox favourites for Thursday Night Football; and all still to play for in US Soccer presidential race

Major League Baseball’s relatively small global footprint provides the league’s great challenge in international rights sales. But in its favour are a handful of markets where baseball is extremely popular and some of the most storied imagery in world sport.

Historians may look back on 2016 as the year the three-way dynamic between sports rights-holders, their official kit suppliers and replica-kit-buying fans was reshaped. Matt Cutler looks at what’s driving change and what the implications could be for the three parties.

A new edition of the TVSM Global Report underlines the strength of the global sports media rights market, which is predicted to be worth nearly $50bn by 2019.

Cuba is back on the radar for all the right reasons after decades-long tensions with the US eased. Barry Wilner looks at the implications for the sports industry in the country.

Barry Wilner looks at the $500m facelift of one of Major League Baseball’s historic venues and asks: is evolution better than revolution?

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.

Metal detectors will be in place at all Major League Baseball (MLB) stadia by 2015. Elisha Chauhan looks at why, and asks industry experts how best to secure sporting events without impeding on the fan experience.

Elisha Chauhan discovers why the Atlanta Braves have chosen to build their new stadium in the suburbs - the first time a Major League Baseball (MLB) team has done so since the turn of the millennium.