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ATP launches process to select new Tour Finals host

The ATP has launched a formal bid process to select a host for the Nitto ATP Tour Finals from 2020.

The governing body of men’s professional tennis has appointed Deloitte’s Sport Business Group to manage the process of selecting the future location of the season-ending showcase, which has been held at London’s O2 Arena since 2009.

Interested parties have until November 2nd to submit their bids, with a shortlist set to be revealed in December.

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay expands to Paris

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay has revealed a further stage in its global expansion with the addition of France's capital to the annual series.

A first Paris edition of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will take place on Wednesday, 19th September, organiser Square Mile Sport has announced in collaboration with Bloomberg.

Paris becomes the 11th city worldwide - and the second in Europe - to take part in the worldwide corporate race series, which attracted more than 7,700 runners in 2017.

Regular season game for NBA London '19

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) have announced that the NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks at The O2 on Thursday 17th January.

Forming part of next season's NBA Global Games series, the clash will be the ninth regular-season NBA game to be played at London's O2 Arena.

The Knicks last played in the UK in 2015 while the Wizards will make their London debut.

Mongoose appointed for Wasps partner drive

Mongoose Sport & Entertainment has been appointed to find a new naming rights partner to Wasps’ multi-purpose stadium and complex.

The London-based sports marketing agency will help the Premiership Rugby club identify a new partner for the RICOH Arena, which they relocated to in 2014.

Mongoose will also be driving the search for new partners for Wasps, as well as current Vitality Super League champions, Wasps Netball.

UAE next to host new T20 league

The Emirates Cricket Board, governing body for the sport in the UAE, has revealed plans to become the next organisation to form its own Twenty20 league.

The league, which it claims will be the ‘most innovative and inclusive in the world’, has been granted a 10-year sanctioning agreement by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

According to the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), the league will be formally unveiled later this month.

Man Utd secures Women's Championship place

Manchester United has been awarded a licence to join next season's Women's Championship, ending their 13-year absence from the senior women's game, while West Ham United will move straight up to the top flight, after details of the restructured Women’s Super League (WSL) were announced.

The news comes after a restructure of the women's leagues, with existing clubs required to reapply for their places, before a second, open application phase.

MLB confirms two London games

Major League Baseball (MLB) has confirmed that it will stage two regular season games in London in 2019.

The two games will be hosted at Premier League side West Ham United’s home ground, the London Stadium.

New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other twice on 29th and 30th June 2019, marking the first MLB games to be played in Europe.

The baseball league has signed a two-year commitment to London, which will include another series in 2020. MLB also stated it would be launching a range of initiatives to “establish a long-term footprint in the city.”

Palace stadium plans approved

Crystal Palace has been given the go ahead to proceed with its £100m stadium redevelopment.

Croydon Council approved the plans, which will see the stadium increase its capacity of Selhurst Park from 26,000 to 34,000. The plans see a complete overhaul of the existing Main Stand, which will be replaced with a new five-storey structure.

Spurs announces single use plastic reduction plans

Tottenham Hotspur has announced single use plastic reduction measures as it prepares to move into its new stadium.

The club has sought to source more environmentally sustainable alternatives to single use plastic and will continue to do so as part of its commitment to phasing out single use plastics from operations. Any new contracts which come up for tender will also include a requirement to cut single use plastics.

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