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Formula 1 Should Own Circuits, U.S. Grand Prix Promoter Epstein Says

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 30 / 17

U.S. Grand Prix promoter Bobby Epstein said that it would "make sense" for Formula 1 owner Liberty Media to buy some circuits as part of its "long-term strategic plans for the sport," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Circuit of the Americas co-Founder & Chair Epstein, whose Austin, Texas, t...

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U.S. Company Brings eSports To India

Elite Sports of India is bringing eSports to the world’s second most populous country this summer. The U.S.-based company has reached an agreement with the Association of Indian Universities to introduce competitive gaming at the university level. ESOI acquired the rights to organize and promo ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, North America, India

Mexican F1 TV Audience Increases 500%

Formula One has announced "some of its highest ever increases in viewership crowned by boosts of as much as 500% for races watched on television in Mexico," according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. It drove total reach in Mexico to 3.4 million and was "fuelled by the return of its home Grand Prix aft ...

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Report Shows 29 Positive Tests

Mexico's National Commission for Physical Culture & Sport (CONADE) announced that from '11-13, 29 footballers registered with the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) tested positive for doping, according to Héctor González Villalba of LA AFICIÓN. The information was released a ...

Tags: International Football, North America

Stewart-Haas Offers NASCAR-F1 Combo

Stewart-Haas Racing has begun pitching sponsorship inventory that can be split between its NASCAR team and that of its new sister Formula One operation, Haas F1. Haas F1 is owned by machine parts titan Gene Haas, who is also co-owner of SHR alongside Tony Stewart, the outgoing driver of the tea ...

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MLS Expands TV Presence In Asia

MLS has further expanded its Asian broadcast portfolio, signing a new two-year deal with Japan’s Fuji TV, and expanding its existing deal with China’s Le Sports. Fuji TV will now broadcast two MLS regular-season matches per week, as well as select MLS playoff games and MLS Cup. The leagu ...

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Barcelona To Open New U.S. Academy

La Liga club FC Barcelona will unveil Charlotte, N.C., as the location of its second football academy in the U.S. during a press conference at the Charlotte Convention Center on Thursday. The Spanish club, in collaboration with int'l sports management agency ISL Futbol, will offer an after-school pr ...

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Women 'Critical' To Under Armour

The growth of the women's category in sportswear "will outpace men's in two to four years," said former Under Armour EMEA Head of Marketing Chris Carroll, who identified women and int'l expansion as "two key pillars" of the business to drive future growth, according to Sarah Shearman of MARKETING MA ...

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Haas F1 Looking At '2017 And Beyond'

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U.S. Probe Focusing On Broadcasters

A "sprawling" U.S. corruption investigation into int'l football "increasingly is focusing on the role multinational sponsors, broadcasters and banks may have played" in facilitating alleged corruption, people familiar with the investigation said, according to Matthews, Viswanatha & Flint of the ...

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Haas On Track For $100M Boost

Haas Automation, owned by American tycoon Gene Haas, is on track to get an estimated $100M of "exposure from Formula One auto racing this year," according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. America's first F1 team in 30 years finished sixth in Australia, and driver Romain Grosjean "also made it the first ...

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