A ban on ticket tout bots, a key journo move and esports are all in this week’s round-up. Take a look and stay in the loop.
- In a sure sign that esports have broken into the mainstream, Will Ferrell will star in a film on the subject. If you’re running a trad sport, ignore esports at your peril.
- Technology which was previously the preserve of professional sports is becoming accessible at the grassroots. Pitchero Play allows clubs to live cast the action from a mobile. Loads of potential for driving engagement and participation.
- Not quite from this week (there wasn’t room in last week’s edition) but the Guardian’s well-respected chief news reporter, Owen Gibson, has been made the paper’s Head of Sport.
- Insurgent brand Under Armour has now taken over from Adidas as number two in the sports market in the US. It’s just taken on a major US sponsorship for the first time as it establishes itself there. How will it move in Europe?
- Staying Stateside, American legislators have acted to ban bots which ticket touts use to scoop up tickets before actual fans can get to them.
- It’s not quite news yet but today is the day sports in the UK will find out how much UK Sport funding they will receive – if any – for the next Olympic and Para cycle.
- Ditto the McLaren report into Russian doping. Expect it to show up serious shortcomings in the global anti-doping regime.
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