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Davies sets out vision at UK Sport Future Strategy launch

New Sport Minister Mims Davies has set out her vision for sport’s role in UK society at an event marking the launch of UK Sport’s Future Strategy for performance funding.

In a wide-ranging speech in Westminster, Davies laid out her priorities, which include a greater emphasis on physical literacy in schools; increased visibility of women’s sport on television; and UK leadership in the area of international sport governance and integrity.

After Varnish

With the dust continuing to settle following the employment tribunal ruling in a landmark case brought by GB Cyclist Jess Varnish, we asked Seth Roe, a senior employment lawyer at Wiggin LLP, to share his expert insight and analysis with Sport Industry readers.

Wiggin is a full-service law firm that focuses exclusively on the areas of media, sport, technology and intellectual property. The firm is a category partner for Brand of the Year at the BT Sport Industry Awards.

Equine Flu a “wake-up call”

A leading sports insurance broker has claimed that the temporary horse racing ban caused by an outbreak of equine flu should act as a “wake-up call” for the sport industry.

Carl Baxter, Sports and Entertainment Broker at Miller Insurance Services LLP, said that the minimum weeklong ban announced by the British Horseracing Association (BHA), threw a spotlight on standard exclusion clauses within event cancellation policies.

IMG Arena enters data partnership with European Tour

The European Tour has announced a new partnership with IMG Arena, providing an enhanced statistical offering at tournaments through real-time, shot-by-shot data.

IMG’s sports betting and content hub believes the partnership, more than a year in the making, will deliver “one of the most sophisticated sports data products ever created.”

As a result, fans of the European Tour are to benefit from significantly enhanced statistics and insights.

Jaguars survey highlights NFL’s rise in UK popularity

More than half a million people in the UK are set to tune in to Super Bowl LIII, according to new data released by the Jacksonville Jaguars and partner LGT Vestra US ahead of the weekend's meeting between the New England Patriots and the LA Rams.

The Jags' new survey also revealed that one in three 16-24 year olds in the UK has played or would like to play American Football, with more than half saying they'd feel more likely to participate if the UK had an NFL franchise of its own.

Six Nations CEO responds to rugby shake-up talks

Six Nations Chief Executive Ben Morel has issued a statement emphasising that the addition of any new international competition to the rugby calendar will need to offer a “substantial improvement on the current set up.”

It follows a meeting in Los Angeles this week between top tier rugby union and competition Chief Executives to discuss a radical shake-up of the international rugby schedule.

Extreme E off-road Racing set for 2021

A new electric off-road racing series has launched as an offshoot of Formula E.

The five-race Extreme E series will see electric sport utility vehicles compete in extreme environments around the world.

The fully-funded venture will be operated in association with Formula E, organisers of the ABB FIA Formula E Championships. It has been spearheaded by Formula E Chairman Alejandro Agag and fellow leading motorsport figure Gil de Ferran.

IMG Arena unveils new integrity alliance

Sports betting and content hub IMG ARENA has announced the launch of a new integrity-focused partnership programme for the sports betting industry’s leading organisations.

Titled ‘The Alliance,’ the programme membership will require partners to commit to only using official data and streaming services for IMG ARENA-represented events.

Additionally, partners will agree to provide integrity information to governing bodies and integrity units, pass strict KYC approvals and abide by terms and conditions imposed by rightsholders.

EY reveals £3.3bn Premier League tax contribution

The Premier League and its clubs generated a total tax contribution of £3.3bn to the UK Exchequer in the 2016/17 season, according to a new Economic and Social Impact Assessment by global professional services specialist, EY.

The figure represents a 50% increase since 2013/14 when the last calculation was made. It includes £1.1bn paid by players and £1.2bn collected by clubs and their associated supply chains in VAT.

The EY assessment also reported that the Premier League and clubs supported close to 100,000 jobs as well as contributing £7.6 billion to UK GDP.


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