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Pro12 Rugby Officials In Talks About North American Expansion

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 25 / 16

The Pro12, the "only professional cross-border league in Europe, is considering expanding into North America" as organizers look at ways of "closing the financial gap" with the Premiership and Top14, according to Paul Rees of the London GUARDIAN. Pro12 officials will "next month fly out to meet repr...

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Prost: Formula E Needs To Do More

Alain Prost is calling on Formula E organizers to step up their promotional efforts. The former F1 world champion and Formula E team co-founder told SBD Global ahead of Saturday’s Long Beach ePrix that promotion for the series’ lone U.S. race was lacking. “In general, in racing you ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, North America, Europe

Mexican Hockey Exec In Talks With NHL

Mexico City sports and government officials "are working to bring NHL games to the city," according to NOTIMEX. Mexican Ice Hockey Federation (FDMHSH) President Joaquín de la Garma said on Wednesday that he has had two meetings with NHL execs about holding games during the next NHL prese ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, North America

U.S. Women's Footballers File Complaint

Five members of the U.S. women's national football team -- Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo -- have filed a "federal complaint charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination," according to Andrew Das of the N.Y. TIMES. Attorney Jeffrey Kessler said that the play ...

Tags: Finance, North America

FMF Urging Fans To Stop Anti-Gay Chants

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) launched a campaign on Tuesday "urging fans to refrain from anti-gay chants that drew fines from FIFA earlier this year," according to the AP. It may be a "tough fight, judging by the plea’s failure to deter fans at a Mexican national team game Tuesday nig ...

Tags: International Football, North America

Formula E Finds Long Beach Title Sponsor

Formula E has secured a title sponsor for its lone U.S. race this weekend. Electric vehicle company Faraday Future will be the title sponsor of the 2016 Long Beach ePrix. The one-race deal has an estimated mid six-figure value, according to a sourc ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, North America

Quebec City Hoping For 2026 Olympic Joint Bid

Quebec City is "re-exploring the idea of hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2026, with the help of previous hosts" Vancouver, Calgary, and Lake Placid in N.Y., according to Kenneth Chan of VANCITY BUZZ. In a press release, Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume said that he will be traveling to La ...

Tags: Olympics, North America

CFU Kicks Off Caribbean Cup

The Caribbean Cup 2016 kicked off this week with a "new format and a new title sponsor" in the form of Scotiabank, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Cuba, Grenada and Guyana all won their opening games as seven groups begin play to qualify 15 teams for the next round. The Ca ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, North America

Bayern Munich Joins Int'l Champions Cup

U.S. soccer fans will see a rematch of the 2010 UEFA Champions League final when Bayern Munich and Inter Milan face off at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on July 30. The match is part of the Int'l Champions Cup preseason tournament, which takes place between July 23-Aug. 13 across vario ...

Tags: North America, Europe, Events and Attractions

Audit Finds Estadio León Paying Little Rent

Estadio León in León, Mexico "is paying less rent than a house," according to Jannet López of LA AFICIÓN. Although the stadium "is supposed to pay" 108,000 pesos ($6,200) per month in rent to the city, it "ends up paying" 13,000 pesos ($742). According to a ...

Tags: Facilities, North America

Nike's Q3 Profits Grow By 20%

Nike earned $950M in Q3, 20% "more than last year" and nearly $100M "more than analysts' consensus expectation," according to Jeff Manning of the Portland OREGONIAN. The company's $8B in sales for the quarter, while up 8% over last year's Q3, "fell short of the" $8.2B consensus analyst expectation. ...

Tags: Finance, North America

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