The Rugby Football Union will invest £26M ($42M) at the grassroots level to "capitalise on predicted increased interest in the 2015 World Cup in England," according to BBC.com. The RFU will put £25M ($40M) toward 500 clubs and £1M ($1.6M) to help train 6,500 new referees and coaches and recruit 5,000 volunteers by '15. The RFU "expects interest and participation in rugby to grow" leading up to the tournament, which runs from Sept. 18 to Oct. 31. The RFU concedes that following the 2003 World Cup there were "not enough coaches to cope with an upsurge in players." RFU Developing Dir Steve Grainger said, "We didn't plan in advance. The coaches and referees just weren't there. That is absolutely what we are doing now." The £25M investment "will help clubs improve aspects such as kit, equipment, club houses, changing rooms, floodlights and all-weather pitch" (BBC.com, 11/1). In London, Alex Lowe reported that the RFU is "looking to use the 2015 World Cup to spread the game and capture new players and supporters." However, "it is unlikely that England will play any Test matches away from Twickenham" leading up to the tournament. RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said, ''We need to look at methods of engaging with the World Cup around the country over the next three years. We have to think about ways of creating interest and getting people excited. You would never say never, but there is a strong financial reason why England matches are played at Twickenham" (DAILY MAIL, 11/1).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
The clubs of the Swiss National League A "have signed a total of 19 NHL players that collectively earned more than $60M annually in the NHL," according to SÜDOSTSCHWEIZ.ch. Nine of the 12 NLA clubs "have at least one NHL player on their roster." The 19 NHL players in the league have had a combined annual salary of $60.1M in the NHL. The seven defenders and 12 forwards come from 13 different NHL teams. One Swedish, one American, six Swiss and 11 Canadian players "have found a new home in Switzerland during the NHL's lockout" (SÜDOSTSCHWEIZ.ch, 11/1).
|NHL Players in the Swiss National League A
|Player||NLA Club||NHL Club
||New York Islanders
||New York Islanders
||New York Rangers
||San Jose Sharks
|Michael Del Zotto
||New York Rangers
||Canada||Restricted Free Agent
||SCL Tigers||Minnesota Wild
||Genf-Servette HC||Montreal Canadiens
||Genf-Servette HC||San Jose Sharks
||Canada||Restricted Free Agent|
|Damien Brunner||EV Zug
||Detroit Red Wings||Switzerland
|Henrik Zetterberg||EV Zug||Detroit Red Wings
The Local Organizing Committee of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations begins its "intense marketing campaign in earnest," but budget cuts are expected, according to Mazola Molefe of the SOWETAN LIVE. LOC CEO Mvuso Mbebe said that while the government had allocated R452M ($52.3M) to help fund the tournament, the amount "was still 4% short of what had been requested." Mbebe said, "Anyone in finance will tell you that they always want more (money) for a project. We expected 50% from the government to fund the hosting of such a tournament, but we got 46%, and we will have to make it work." He also maintained that November would be a "crucial month for the organising committee." The committee is trying to avoid a ticket fiasco, as well as empty stadiums, ahead of the tournament. Mbebe also revealed that LOC's ticket sales target for December is "between 300,000 to 400,000" (SOWETAN LIVE, 11/1).
The German Football Federation (DFB) "has budgeted €9M ($11.6M) for its two foundations Egidius Braun and Sepp Herberger for '13," according to the SID. DFB's foundations "are involved in social and charity projects" in Germany and internationally. The budget of the Egidius Braun foundation "will be €7.5M ($9.7M) for '13, which also includes the revenue of more than €5M ($6.4M) generated by the charity int'l match." The budget of the Sepp Herberger foundation "will be €1.5M ($1.95M) for the upcoming year." DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said, "The work of our foundations is near and dear to us. The goal of the foundation work is to create social impulses and solidarity help, when help is needed" (SID, 10/31).
The Int'l Hockey Federation (FIH) Exec Board met on Thursday and decided to increase the number of participating nations at the 2018 World Cup to 16 men's and 16 women's squads. The board decided that increasing the number to 16 from 12 would be suit the growth of field hockey. The board will consider increasing the format to 24 teams for each men's and women's for the 2022 edition of the World Cup. The 2014 World Cup, to beheld in The Hague, Netherlands, will still host a 12-team field for both both the men and women (FIH). In Kuala Lumpur, Aftar Singh noted that FIH President Leandro Negre said that the federation has "not decided on the hosts yet." Negre: "We will double the number of teams because we want to promote hockey throughout the world. By having more teams in the World Cup, it will defnititely make the sport more popular" (THE STAR, 11/1).
The German Football League (DFL) and the clubs of the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga "have reportedly agreed to a new distribution method for TV money," according to the SID. Starting with the '13-14 season, "the ratio will slightly increase in favor of the 18 Bundesliga clubs." Instead of currently 79%, the top-flight clubs will get 80% of the TV money. A final decision about the new distribution method is expected to be made at the next DFL members meeting on Dec. 12 (SID, 10/31).