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After suffering early growing pains, the Big3 basketball league appears to have found its feet ahead of its third season this summer. Bob WIlliams reports.

Documentaries going behind the scenes with sports teams and athletes are riding a wave of popularity. SportBusiness interviewed Mike Antinoro, senior vice-president at IMG Original Content, executive producer on series including Being Serena, First Team: Juventus and All or Nothing: Manchester City, to find out what’s behind the surge in interest and how the shows are put together.

In the commercial battleground of English football, clubs are investing time and money in establishing community and CSR initiatives without any realistic prospect of a tangible return on investment. SportBusiness asks why, through the lens of three examples from the Premier League.

In contrast to Tim Crow, columnist Richard Gillis argues the “sheer obviousness” of Woods v Mickelson in Vegas shows shows the folly of tinkering with golf.

Ticketmaster’s decision to close its secondary ticketing platforms Seatwave and GetMeIn looks like a response to hardening of the political and legislative stance on secondary ticketing sites in Britain and Ireland. Ben Cronin examines what it means for rights-holders.

League, union decisions to stay in current labor deal is marked shift in tenor from the last quarter century of hockey labor relations

Moon Hill, a hill with a natural arch through it a few kilometers outside Yangshuo in southern China, and one of the world's most popular sport climbing peaks, has reopened to sport climbers after a ban…

Play Sports Group, the Discovery-owned digital sports media company focused on cycling and triathlon, is looking to recruit a chief marketing officer

Pedro Cubillos, a longstanding executive at the Lagardère Sports agency, has taken up the role of chief commercial officer at Tribe Sports Marketing, the newly-created boutique agency with offices in …

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Over the last five years the hackathon has been adopted by several major rights-holders. Kevin McCullagh discusses the impact of hackathons on sports businesses.

US major leagues are tweaking their rules to make sure fans stay tuned in as concerns build about distracted audiences. Data is playing a critical role, with leading rights-holders employing sophisticated, data-led decision-making to make the changes.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Formula E to stage race in Sanya | Alibaba and Tencent invest in City Football Group stakeholders | Tencent extends Tour de France digital rights

Wimbledon’s long-term commercial strategy is driven by an increased focus on projecting itself as a global brand and protecting its standing as a premium sports property. In part three, Ben Cronin speaks to Alexandra Willis, head of communications, content & digital to investigate the grand slam's more permissive approach to activation online.

Welcome to the first edition of SportBusiness Group’s US Digest, rounding up the big news and developments coming out of the world’s biggest sports market

In this week's China sports industry round-up: China invests in its basketball legacy | Klay Thompson launches charity project in Guiyang | World Cup sponsors Hisense could face fine in wake of new partnership

At the heart of the popularity of the NBA is how the organisation drives its social media strategy by engaging players and attracting younger audiences.

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann looks ahead to the first World Basketball Summit, which takes place in Xi’an, China, on October 3 and 4

How the league which is home to some of the biggest clubs in world football is looking to eSports to grow its brand at home and abroad. Rubido Fano may not score goals for Barcelona, boss the Real Madrid midfield or make goal-saving tackles for Valencia, but right now he – and others like him – are an important part of LaLiga’s brand development and fan engagement plans.

SportBusiness International spoke to leaders representing Europe's top three courses about how they are staying ahead of their rivals from across the continent.

SportBusiness International asked the providers of the top three ranking postgradute courses in North America to talk about the secrets of their success.

High-speed internet connections and an increasingly tech-savvy student base are helping revolutionise the higher education sector, with more people now choosing courses with the flexibility to study from anywhere. Adam Nelson speaks with some of the course leaders who are pioneering a new style of distance learning.

San Diego State University’s Sports MBA has come out on top of the student satisfaction ranking, with a winning showing in both the graduate choice and course usefulness criteria. Scott Minto, director of the programme, tells Adam Nelson why the course is so popular with its students.

The complete rundown of the top 40 postgraduate sport management courses in the world.

Despite only taking its first cohort of postgraduate students in 2012, the University of South Florida’s MBA/MS in sport and entertainment has risen to fourth place in our rankings this year. William Sutton, the founding director of the programme, offers Adam Nelson an insight into the factors behind the rapid rise.

Sports have successfully consolidated as one of the most bidding businesses over the past years, it has been estimated that it already represents 1% of the world GDP, and experts assure that this sector…

USL president Jake Edwards talks to SportBusiness International at Leaders Week in NYC about his concern for legalized sports betting, rising expansion fees and the possibility of promotion and relegation

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

The $1bn deal between Matchroom Sport and DAZN has sent shockwaves through boxing and threatens to undermine the pay-per-view model that has been so successful in the sport. Richard Clarke looks at the deal and the sport’s emerging presence on YouTube.