Industry Shorts: Super Rugby, Justin Rose, Sportradar

08 Jun 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

New Zealand’s government has given the green light for sport to sell out its stadiums again as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared the country could move to level one of its lockdown restrictions.

Ahead of the start of Super Rugby Aoteroa, returning players may be greeted by full stadiums as New Zealand Rugby confirmed that there will be no limitation on crowd numbers for the opening weekend’s games.

The Super Rugby season was suspended owing to the pandemic, but the tournament - which comprises teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan - will see special localised leagues take place in Australia and New Zealand between teams from those countries instead.

Justin Rose has become the latest sportsperson to personally sponsor a sporting property after he put his name to a series of seven British women’s golf tournaments.

The Rose Ladies Series will take place between 18th June and 31st July in the absence of the Ladies European Tour and will feature British female golfers playing behind closed doors with coverage broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Rose, along with his wife Kate, have contributed £35,000 in prize money, while the seven golf courses that will play host to the series will do so free of charge.

Sportradar has added coverage of the postponed EURO 2020 competition to its AI-driven and algorithm-based Simulated Reality offering, with all 51 games from the tournament included as per the competition’s original schedule, from 12th June until the final on 12th July..

Simulated Reality has already completed the seasons of all major European football leagues, including in Germany, England, Italy, and Spain, with other leagues still in progress, while the product will get two new features - live video replays and automatically generated match reports to provide a summary of the games alongside in-depth match statistics and analysis. 

Sportradar says the new tools are in addition to the 50+ pre-match and live betting markets already available for each match.

Rebecca Adlington has been announced as an ambassador for Legal & General’s Not a Red Card campaign.

The news comes as the financial services company opened the applications period for its Not A Red Card Awards which highlight UK individuals and businesses who champion mental wellbeing at work.

The Awards and surrounding campaign were developed in collaboration with L&G’s consultancy arm, thinkBeyond.