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Why the planned merger of IMG College and Learfield looks like the right deal at the right time for US collegiate sport. Kevin Roberts reports.

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.

SportBusiness Group has partnered with Euroleague Basketball to produce and make available to you a 36-page report detailing the changes undertaken by the league and evaluating their impact.

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.

Towards the end of his football career, former Tottenham and New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen became aware of the cyber-squatting trade, where celebrities are offered website domain names similar to their own at extortionate prices. Uneasy about the practice he set about creating a way to prevent chancers from profiting from sports stars' intellectual property. Dominic Bliss finds out more.

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.

The NBA has scheduled its second ever Hackathon in September to glean insights from fans who possess the data science and analytical background to help the league. Mark Burns examines what the NBA and the participants stand to gain from the enterprise.

BeIN Media Group, the Qatari broadcaster, has hit out angrily at media reports suggesting beIN Sports channels are being blacked out in the Middle East and North Africa as a consequence of the Saudi Arabia-led economic blockade of Qatar. Frank Dunne and Robin Jellis report. 

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Vivo spends $341m on new IPL sponsorship deal, Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs told their TV payments from CSM won't arrive on time, and 7’2” centre Zhou Qi agrees deal with Houston Rockets.

With a keen eye on expansion in the continent's biggest markets, EuroLeague and IMG's new EuroLeague Ventures is aiming for the top table in European sport. Callum McCarthy reports.

With technology that can now identify suspicious activity, and the potential for increased viewing figures and greater fan engagement, supporters of sports betting in the US believe they may soon be able to overturn prohibitive legislation that dates back 25 years. SportBusiness International finds out more.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: government questions credit risks around Chinese firms investing in sport overseas; China's F1 grands prix marked 'provisional' in calendar; Chinese U20 football team could enter German league; and more.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: talk of China's plans to host the World Cup goes quiet during Fifa president's tour; IOC team praises Beijing 2022 and Tencent expects to invest $14bn in esports in the next five years

In this week's China sports industry round-up: why controversial tycoon Gao Jisheng's interest in purchasing Southampton is causing headaches for the Premier League; Hong Kong FA expresses interest in joining mooted Chinese Fifa World Cup bid; NBA says its looking to launch an esports league in China