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In this week's US sports industry round-up: Fox announces impressive World Cup schedule; Front-runner emerges in race to take over Carolina Panthers; and ratings down in NBA All-Star Game

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

The formation of Harris Blitzer Sport and Entertainment last year brought the sports assets of American billionaires Joshua Harris and David Blitzer together into one holding company. Chief executive Scott O’Neil, president Hugh Weber and the Sixers’ president of business operations Chris Heck spoke to Ben Cronin about the company's aspirations the day after the NBA London game.

Adam Nelson sits down with Ben Morel, the NBA's managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to discuss how the basketball league is developing its fanbase - and income - overseas.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Alibaba Cloud replaces Alibaba E-Auto as title of UAE-based event; Youth team leaves Germany following Tibet protest; and home fighters shine during UFC's Chinese debut

Richard Mulligan swaps Disney’s Magic Kingdom for an evening of NBA wizardry in Orlando.

The NBA 2K League is being hyped as a game changer for the esports industry as it marks the first time that esports teams have been owned by professional franchises. John Reynolds finds out why the NBA and the majority of its teams believe it will be such a success.

E-commerce giant Rakuten is making waves in the world of sport having recently signed off on sponsorship deals with the NBA, Barcelona FC and the Golden State Warriors. Ben Cronin spoke to the company’s global marketing director, Rahul Kadavakolu, at the recent Leaders business conference.

Ravi Krishnan is a former managing director and senior vice president for IMG South Asia and the co-founder and CEO of Stepathlon, India. He discusses the seismic changes he has witnessed across the Indian sports market over the last two decades.

The Invictus Games begins in Toronto on Saturday, with more than 500 athletes from 17 nations set to compete in front of packed stands and global TV audiences. Mark Bisson finds out why the event has proved such a success for athletes, fans and commercial partners since its launch in 2014. 

With New Balance beating 'parasite brands' in a Chinese court and Liverpool FC launching a cut-price kit to beat the counterfeiters, major brands are clearly taking the theft of intellectual property seriously. Mark Dreyer finds out more.

China’s sports industry is booming and western rights-holders want a piece of the action. John Reynolds looks at the digital strategies employed by major rights holders.

When it comes to international development, few sports properties have been as pro-active and persistent as the NBA. SportBusiness International asked two expert but independent observers of the competition to reflect on its successes and the challenges facing the league.

Sports sponsorship expert Misha Sher, head of sport and entertainment EMEA for MediaCom, thinks the NBA represents a compelling opportunity for sponsors – but there are areas where he thinks it could improve.

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.

What are the technology-led consumer and business trends that the sports industry must be ready for in 2016? A group of technologists, futurologists, and sports and media executives gathered at Leaders Meet Innovation in London last month to discuss the topic. Kevin McCullagh was there and rounds up what you should be looking out for.