Canadian F1 Grand Prix promoter Francois Dumontier said that "the race is negotiating a new ten-year contract extension," according to ESPN. The Montreal race's "agreement ends next year," yet talks between F1 Management -- led by CEO Bernie Ecclestone -- and the different levels of government "began some time ago." A new contract "may be signed in the following weeks," and if all goes to plan Dumontier said that there will be no need to sit at the negotiating table for many years afterwards. Dumontier said, "We are presently discussing an extension from 2015 to 2024, so 10 years." When asked why he thinks F1 was starting to look more toward 10-year deals, Dumontier "hinted the upcoming planned flotation on the Singapore Stock Exchange could be one factor." He said, "There are several reasons, but I believe they want to consolidate the good grands prix. Montreal is such a race, undoubtedly. We saw as much [at last week's race] with the full grandstands and the comments made by the drivers and teams. F1 has a project to enter the stock market. Ten-year contacts have a certain value when entering the stock market" (ESPN, 6/16).
Events and Attractions
Andy Murray’s grass-court victory at Queen’s on Sunday "has sent the cost of watching tennis history soaring," according to Mike Dawes of the London DAILY MAIL. Centre Court debenture holders are already "banking on Murray Mania going manic." Fans willing to take a gamble on Murray repeating his heroics of last year to reach the Wimbledon final on July 7 should prepare to part with up to £13,500 ($21,000). That is how much two prime Centre Court seats are currently trading for on Viagogo, the online ticket marketplace. The tickets only come in pairs. The cheapest option is £6,971 ($11,000) for a pair of mid-tier tickets. Since Murray confirmed "his form and fitness with a three-set victory over Croatian Marin Cilic at Queen’s," Viagogo has seen a 237% increase in ticket searches as "fans try to secure a seat to watch history live." Viagogo spokesperson Steve Roest said, "It’s extraordinary to see how much his win at Queens has impacted ticket demand already and confirms that Wimbledon will be much anticipated once again this summer" (DAILY MAIL, 6/17).
A charity friendly featuring Lionel Messi, the Friends of Messi vs. Rest of the World match, will be played on July 2 at Lima, Peru's National Stadium. The organizers have prepared a contest in which they will award 10 contestants with pairs of tickets to the game. To announce the contest, a video was recorded featuring "attractive Peruvian fans" asking fans to submit pictures and videos (SPORT, 6/16). ... The Li-Ning Singapore Open badminton tournament, which begins on Tuesday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, has been hit by a string of player withdrawals. A total of 10 new withdrawals were announced "during a team managers' meeting at Swissotel the Stamford on Monday" (STRAITS TIMES, 6/17).