Industry shorts: F1, ITF, IPC, La Liga

08 Jul 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Formula 1 has announced that its 2020 season will get underway in Melbourne, Australia on 15th March.

Next year will mark F1’s 70th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Next year’s event will run on the weekend following the Labour Day weekend in Victoria and will once again be title sponsored by Rolex.

F1 also remains open to staging a race in the US city of Miami in the future, with Chloe Targett-Adams, F1’s Global Director of Promoters and Business Relations, telling ESPN that the series is “taking a long-term view” on the idea.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), together with leading national tennis associations, has announced plans to develop and implement a global, level-based tennis rating to allow more matches to be played between players of similar levels.

World Tennis Number (WTN) will seek to break down the barrier of uneven match-ups and will be opened up to beginner players and professionals. It is hoped the rating will help players of all abilities determine their individual level.

Sports technology specialist ClubSpark will build the WTN digital platform, which will create a global online tennis community and allow players to access their rating from anywhere in the world. The platform will also assist tournament organisers in the staging of competitions.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published its strategic plan for 2019-2022 following 12 months of consultation with members and stakeholders.

The refined vision of the IPC is to make for an inclusive world through sport, lead the Paralympic Movement, oversee the delivery of the Paralympic Games and support members to enable para athletes achieve sporting excellence.

The new plan developed by the IPC Governing Board and management team focuses on five strategic priorities. These are to strengthen the effectiveness of the Paralympic Movement, enhance the Paralympic Games experience and further its reach as a celebration of human diversity, drive a cultural shift through para sport, strive towards a continuous pursuit of excellence, and develop and deliver a new brand statement.

La Liga has signed a global sponsorship deal with sports media company LiveScore, which becomes the organisation’s first sponsor in the sports scoring category.

The three-season deal will see LiveScore exclusively sponsor La Liga’s Replay 360° technology, which provides fans with replays of the action from any angle of the pitch.

LiveScore has more than 50 million monthly unique users accessing its website and native apps, and offers real-time results, fixtures and stats and news for a range of sports.

Premier Sports has announced that it will broadcast every Arsenal pre-season fixture ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Arsenal’s next pre-season match is against the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer on 16th July. The club will then face Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup.

Further matches are scheduled against Lyon, Angers and Barcelona.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced plans to launch an esports tournament in China.

The tournament will be held in Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai and will be contested by leading esports teams in China.

MLB made the announcement on Chinese social media platform Weibo. A launch date for the tournament, which will see players compete in the ‘MLB: The Show’ game, has not yet been specified.