13 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The British & Irish Lions has announced the formation of a Women’s Lions feasibility steering group.

The 13-person group will be chaired by British & Irish Lion, Ieuan Evans, and is made up of experienced administrators from across professional rugby, business executives, as well as former international standard athletes from the world of sport.

The group, who are tasked with assessing the feasibility of establishing a Women’s Lions team include Sue Day MBE, Niamh Briggs, Gemma Fay and Ben Calveley.

Sportradar Integrity Services, a global supplier of sport integrity solutions and partner to over 100 sports federations and leagues, has detected more than 1,100 suspicious sports matches since the start of the global pandemic in April 2020, with 655 of those matches detected in the first nine months of 2021.

According to Sportradar’s Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) figures, soccer is the sport at most risk of betting related corruption with more than 500 suspicious matches detected in 2021 to date.

On a global level, the UFDS has detected 382 suspicious matches in Europe so far this year, with Latin America recording 115 suspicious matches in the same period. That’s followed by the Asia Pacific region with 74, Africa with 43, 10 in the Middle East and 9 in North America since the start of January 2021.

UEFA has announced that its member associations interested in hosting UEFA EURO 2028 have until March 2022 to declare their interest, with the appointment of the host(s) set to take place in September 2023.

UEFA has also confirmed that joint bids are permitted, provided that the bidding countries are geographically compact.

UEFA EURO 2028 is set to take place over 51 matches and feature 24 teams, as has been the case for the previous two tournaments.

Amazon unveiled the hosts, pundits and commentators who will be covering every clash between the northern and southern hemisphere’s fiercest rugby union nations when Prime Video broadcasts 17 games live at the Autumn Nations Series this October and November.

Prime Video’s coverage of the Autumn Nations series will feature an on-the-ground local production for each match, broadcast from each host country across the Autumn Nations series, featuring several presenters including Gabby Logan, Mark Durden-Smith, Jill Douglas, Ross Harries and Angus Scott.

The series begins on Prime Video from 30th October 2021 with Scotland v Tonga and Wales v New Zealand, and will continue across four weekends until the weekend of the 20th November 2021, featuring England v South Africa. Seventeen of the matches are exclusive to Prime Video including Wales vs Australia, Scotland vs Japan and France vs New Zealand.

Amazon has revealed a long list of forthcoming sports documentaries they are producing at a showcase event in London.

Included is a documentary on Wayne Rooney which tracks the life and career of England’s all-time leading goal scorer. The film shows Rooney recounting stories from some of the most important moments of his life, with testimonies from the people closest to him.

It includes interviews with David Beckham, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, and Thierry Henry, David Moyes and Sven-Göran Eriksson. The documentary will launch exclusively on Prime Video worldwide in early 2022.