India is threatening to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England over the absence of shooting from the sports programme, leading to interventions from the UK government and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Shooting is on the optional sport list for the Commonwealth Games and Birmingham 2022 organisers instead opted for women’s Twenty20 cricket, para-table tennis and beach volleyball.
Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title rematch with Mexican world champion Andy Ruiz will take place in in Ad Diriyha, near the Saudi capital Riyadh on 7 December. The location was widely criticised, considering Saudi Arabia's record on human rights, but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn defended the decision, saying there was an “obligation to grow the sport of boxing to new areas and regions.”
KP Snacks, a British snack producer, signed up as the first sponsor of The Hundred, the new short-form men's domestic competition launching in the UK in 2020. It will get branding on the shirts of all eight city-based franchises. The Hundred, featuring one innings of 100 balls each, starts in July 2020.
Nine, the national network in Australia, was the first broadcaster to sign up for the ATP Cup, the new men’s national teams tennis tournament that will debut in January 2020. The 24-nation tournament will be played across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Amazon, the online retail giant, strengthened its high-profile tennis portfolio, this time in France, snapping up domestic rights to the French Open, the clay court 'grand slam', in partnership with public-service broadcaster France Télévisions. The agreement with the FFT, the French Tennis Federation, runs from 2021 to 2023, and ends the long-running involvement of Eurosport France, the French arm of the pan-European sports broadcaster.
Wanda Sports, the Chinese entity that owns the Infront sports agency and Ironman long-distance triathlon brand, listed on Nasdaq in New York, raising a smaller-than-expected $190.4 million. It had originally eyed up to $308 million.
Shiseido, the Japan-headquartered international cosmetics company, acquired title sponsorship rights to women's tennis' season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China. The multi-year title sponsorship deal begins with the 2019 edition, the first of a 10-year contract for the tournament to be staged in the city in the south east of China. The inaugural Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen will take place from October 27 to November 3.
The first three weeks of the new season in South Africa's top-tier Premier Soccer League were not available on free-to-air television after rights-holder SuperSport, the pay-television giant, failed to agree terms on a sub-licensing deal with SABC, the country's financially-stricken public-service broadcaster. A five-year agreement was eventually signed at the end of August, following government intervention.
Budapest was named as the host of the first three editions of the new-look Fed Cup Finals, women’s tennis’ national team event. The 12-team tournament will debut in the Hungarian capital in April 2020.
Polish soccer’s Ekstraklasa rolled out its new international OTT streaming platform at the end of August, priced at €2.99 per game, €6,99 per month or €49.99 for the season. Ekstraklasa.TV offers live coverage in Polish (English will follow) of all 296 matches per season, but is not available in countries where comprehensive rights deals are in place. The league is primarily targeting the 20 million Poles based abroad.