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SportBusiness speaks to Jorge Mendes about his role as a football agent and how it has developed.

Malaysia’s football clubs are to be formally privatised this year, but the journey from state support to self-sufficiency looks fraught, with questions over the future of broadcasting and sponsorship revenues. John Duerden takes a closer look.

At its zenith, Tough Mudder posted a $10m profit, but the company now finds itself subject to bankruptcy proceedings in the US. Ben Cronin asks how it got to this point and whether a likely sale to rival Spartan can save it.

A two-year IPO freeze has hit Chinese sport companies, with numbers down and Wanda Sports’ listing a high-profile disappointment. How did ‘IPO fever’ fade, and will things change in 2020? Chen Yaolin reports.

In just a short amount of time, the Wizards have put themselves in prime position to become the NBA's most-popular team in Japan following the arrival of Rui Hachimura. Bob Williams discovers how they have done it.

H.I.G. Europe, an arm of the international private equity and asset management firm, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the Lagardère Sports agency.

Wanda Sports Group is hoping to raise $1bn (€930m) if it chooses to sell its Ironman triathlon business, Bloomberg has reported.

Indian company KPH Dream Cricket, owner of Indian Premier League T20 cricket team Kings XI Punjab, has bought Caribbean Premier League team St Lucia Zouks

Whisper Group has secured investment from Sony Pictures Television, a move that involves the UK-based production company’s exit from the free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund in pursuit of …

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Oceania's National Basketball League is enjoying unprecedented growth this year following the creation of the Next Stars program and subsequent arrival of National Basketball Association Draft Lottery prospects LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton. Bob Williams looks at the impact on the league and its future.

Seven-team competition is first professional soccer league in Canada since 1992 Clubs have averaged 4,300 fans a game but OneSoccer digital ratings not made public

With the world's first transatlantic sports team, the Toronto Wolfpack, set to play in the English Super League from the start of the new season, Bob Williams looks into how the unique arrangement is benefiting both the club and the sport of rugby league.

Despite NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s best efforts, the wound from Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong protest tweets will have lasting repercussions on the future of basketball in China, not least among fans and sponsors. Industry insiders in China tell SportBusiness about Chinese sentiment on the ground.

The allure of promotion and Premier League success has led many an English football team into financial ruin, but liquidations remain rare. With so many rescued from oblivion over the past decade, Callum McCarthy examines why so many see opportunity in struggling football clubs.

The suspension of Endeavor's initial public offering for the second time in two months raises important questions for sports media and marketing. Frank Dunne examines these questions.

The Australian Football League's push into China has had symbiotic benefits for all parties that goes beyond sports. SportBusiness takes a closer look at the deals that have ensued so far, and how they've worked out.

The IAAF has renegotiated a controversial contract with Dentsu agreed by its former president Lamine Diack. SportBusiness has seen a copy of the agreement and a letter from the IAAF's lawyer in which he describes some of the 'unusual provisions'. Ben Cronin reports.

After almost going bankrupt in 2018 following the collapse of for-profit subsidiary Rugby International Marketing (RIM), USA Rugby is pinning its hopes on being awarded the 2027 or 2031 Rugby World Cup. Bob Williams examines how the sport is growing in the States.

Bob Williams looks at the development of Major League Rugby in the US, and how the league is looking to avoid the mistakes made by previous organisations' attempts to successfully break the sport in the US market.

Following the decline of a number of US sporting goods chains, Bob Williams talks to Dick Sullivan, president and chief executive of the PGA Tour Superstore, which has expanded from 10 stores in 2010 to 41 locations in 16 states, about what is behind the success of the chain.

Cashless deployments in Atlanta, Tampa point the way toward likely broader adoption across the sport industry.

As France's Ligue 1 is staging a four-team tournament in Washington DC this week, Bob Williams looks at how it aims to expand its reach into the US and improve overseas media-rights income.

Highlights of the finance panel at the Sports Decision Makers Summit London. How are investors shaping sport?

Capital investors’ interest in football clubs is growing; their increasing profitability has attracted more new types of investor. But what does this mean for clubs and how can they best approach the opportunities and challenges? Jonathan Dyson investigates.

Matt Carroll, chief executive of the Australian Olympic Committee, tells Adam Nelson how a focus on athlete engagement, grassroots participation and community schemes has helped to boost the AOC’s commercial programme throughout the Olympic cycle.

The National Women's Soccer League will make a concerted effort to ride the wave of this summer's Women's World Cup, with interest in the league and its players expected to spike during and after the tournament. Bob Williams looks at how the league aims to maintain this momentum.

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?

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.