Sports Business Updates; Week 8, 2017

Partnership signed to enhance integrity of esports industry

The European division of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has partnered with the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) in a move that is designed to enhance the integrity of the rapidly developing esports industry.

Referendum bid places question marks against Budapest’s Olympic Games tilt

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is faced with the prospect of the bid race for the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being reduced to two contenders after a threshold was met to stage a referendum on Budapest’s bid.

Budapest 2024’s ‘ship has sailed’ – bid chief

Budapest 2024 chairman Balázs Fürjes has conceded that the Hungarian capital’s bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has likely “ran aground” as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach labelled the uncertainty surrounding the bid as the work of a political group that is seeking to “make a name” for itself.

Giudicelli steps up to become new French Tennis Federation president

French Tennis Federation (FFT) secretary general Bernard Giudicelli will step up to the top role at the governing body after being elected as its new president.

Aiba forges partnership with WBA

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has entered into a partnership with the World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the four major sanctioning bodies of the professional side of the sport.

Kohli lands record deal with Puma

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has signed a lucrative endorsement deal with German sportswear company Puma.

Former Amazon executive Paull to lead Bamtech

MLBAM, the interactive media and internet division of North America’s Major League Baseball, has appointed Michael Paull as the new chief executive of its Bamtech video technology division.

Six Nations chief rejects expansion talk

Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has said there is “no vacancy” in the national team rugby union tournament amid a concerted campaign for Georgia to be granted an expansion slot.

Budapest to quit 2024 Olympics race

Hungary’s government announced on Wednesday evening that it would scrap Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games – a move that leaves only Los Angeles and Paris still in the running.

ISSF approves gender equal Olympic program, assigns event hosts

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has signed off on a major overhaul of its competition system for the 2020 summer Olympic Games and has assigned hosting rights for a number of its events in 2018 and 2019.

Bayern confirms channel launch

German Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich has confirmed that it will launch its own linear television channel, FC, on February 27.

Budapest 2024 winds up Olympic bid, Orbán hits out at Momentum

Budapest 2024 on Friday confirmed that formal procedures have commenced to end its bid for the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games as Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, slammed the role played by the Momentum Mozgalum political movement.


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