Kevin Roberts looks at why this month’s FIFA World Cup marks a watershed in fans’ ability to watch sport in areas formerly considered blackspots for live coverage.


Malcolm Glazer, who spearheaded takeovers of English Premier League football club Manchester United and NFL American football franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has died.

Australian A-League football club Western Sydney Wanderers has been acquired by a consortium of businessmen.

Cagliari is set to become the latest Italian Serie A football club to assume foreign ownership after current owner Massimo Cellino revealed a deal has been agreed to sell the team to an American consortium.

European football’s governing body Uefa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Europol, the European Union’s joint police body, in an effort to strengthen its campaign to combat match-fixing in the sport.

German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich has retained the label as the ‘world’s most valuable football club brand’ in 2014, according to the Brand Finance consultancy.

The European Club Association (ECA), the independent representative body for European football clubs, has appointed Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to its executive board.

Fifa has received approval to begin construction on its World Football Museum project, while the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has become the first member association to adopt the global governing body’s Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS).

FIFA ExCo member Lydia Nsekera, one of the sports industry’s most powerful women, tells Elisha Chauhan the secret to her rise in the ranks of international sports administration.


German sportswear company Adidas said it expects this summer’s Fifa World Cup national team football tournament to help boost sales by up to eight per cent.

Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Ukraine’s ambassador to the European Union, has called for Russia to face serious EU financial sanctions and lose the hosting rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup national team football tournament over its annexation of Crimea.

Football’s world governing body Fifa and Brazilian football club Corinthians have agreed to cancel a test event at a key World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo due to concerns over traffic congestion.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati has stated his country will not bid to host the Fifa World Cup until world football’s governing body reforms its bidding rules.

Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich has again called for the introduction of goal-line technology (GLT) into the top division of German football after another high-profile incident during the club’s DFB-Pokal triumph on Saturday.

The European Commission (EC) has rejected a legal challenge to the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that have been implemented by football’s European governing body Uefa.

Major League Soccer (MLS) team San Jose Earthquakes will become the first professional football team to accept online currency bitcoin after sealing a partnership with San Francisco company Coinbase.

Brazilian football club Corinthians has organised a second test event at its Arena Corinthians in a bid to meet Fifa’s demands for the World Cup, while organisers have maintained that unfinished work will not pose a problem during the upcoming national team tournament.