Industry Shorts: Wimbledon, La Liga, Women in Football

10 Sep 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Richard Lewis is to step down as CEO of the AELTC after The Championships, Wimbledon, 2020.

Lewis joined the AELTC as Chief Executive ahead of The Championships 2012, having been Executive Chairman of the Rugby Football League since 2002, and Chair of Sport England since 2009. The search for the new AELTC CEO will be led by executive search firm SRI.

During his tenure as CEO, Lewis has overseen a 160% increase in player prize money, the development of the Wimbledon Master Plan, which included a new roof for No1 Court, as well as the creation of the Wimbledon Foundation.

La Liga has announced that it has partnered with Premier Sports to launch a standalone LaLigaTV English-Language channel.

The channel, which will broadcast 24/7 and show all matches along with analysis, is set to be launched on the Premier Player OTT service initially, and the pair have promised that a new channel on Premier’s Sky TV offering will be made available by January 2020. The deal ends La Liga's prolonged search for a broadcast rights partner in the UK.

Women in Football has announced two new members of its finance committee.

Sport Industry NextGen Alumna 2019 Emma Vetriano, Partnerships Manager, Celebrities and Influencers, EA SPORTS & EA GAMES, and Alex Stone, Group Leader, Social Media and Video, FIFA have both been appointed to the committee. 

“It is wonderful that we now have the outstanding skillsets Emma and Alex can offer,” said Women in Football Chair Ebru Köksal. "This is a truly exciting time for us as an organisation, and the impact we can continue to make for girls and women in football across the industry not just in the UK, but globally too.”

Tottenham Hotspur will offer NFL-based stadium tours of their new stadium ahead of the arrival of regular season American football games to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In what is billed as the first stand-alone NFL attraction outside of the USA, the tour will take visitors through the purpose-built American football facilities, including the locker rooms and the retractable artificial grass pitch which will be used for NFL games.

Decathlon has launched its new PLAY platform, compiling a list of fitness activities happening near them as well as informative articles to give people advice on sports performance and health.

Talksport has launched a brand new show dedicated to women’s football.

Hosted by Faye Carruthers, Women’s Football Weekly will air on Monday evenings, but will also feature a new a co-host each week, with former and current players as well as journalists alternating in the role.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has enlisted Skylab to develop its new website ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, following a competitive tender process.

The BEF currently maintains three websites and, after consultation with site users, fans, and participants the federation has decided to consolidate these into one.