Governance

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The death of former Conmebol president Nicolás Leoz has brought South American football one step closer to closing the book on an era of corruption. As global agencies and investment funds are taking advantage of the power vacuum, Callum McCarthy examines the current landscape and asks if and when that book can be closed for good.

With a former Infront executive under investigation for defrauding sponsors of the German Football Association, Frank Dunne explains how the scandal has affected both the agency and the already-embattled DFB, and how brands can ensure they're getting what they pay for from their partnerships.

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.

The issue of solidarity payments for academies developing US soccer talent remains decidedly unsettled following a Fifa ruling in June

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.

Australian football entered a new stage in its development earlier this year with the announcement that the A-League and W-League would be spun off from Football Federation Australia. The FFA's chief commercial and marketing officer Luke Bould talks Adam Nelson through the implications of the move and how the body is set up to weather the change.

Speaking on the Power of the Athlete panel at the Sports Decision Makers Summit, World Surf League's (WSL) Sophie Goldschmidt describes the unique structure and their star athletes.

Highlights of Fiba Secretary General Andreas Zagklis' keynote conversation at Sports Decision Makers Summit in London.

By Michael Andrew, vice-captain and co-owner of New York Breakers, a team in the new International Swimming League.

Highlights of Charlie Marshall, managing director of the European Club Association, in conversation at the Sports Decision Makers Summit in London.

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 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A will be the only major football league in the world without international, local-language distribution in 2019. Callum McCarthy looks at why Brazilian club football lags behind its European counterparts.

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.

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.

Ben Cronin asks Everton's director of risk & governance Paul McNicholas; Kyle Cockett, senior insight manager; and the club's first data protection officer Ian Garratt about its strategies regarding how it uses fan data.

Organisers admit they 'lost their way' by alienating core fanbase TV ratings and attendances down significantly, while many sponsors have left

Rights marketing experts assess the commercial implications of World Rugby’s proposals for a new Nations Championship.

In December 2016 the Fifa Council decided to expand its flagship World Cup competition to include 48 participants from 2026 onwards