European Year of Sport 2017

  • EPCR Court International TV Broadcasters

    EPCR has launched a tender process for the distribution of international broadcast rights for the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for a four-Year period, starting in 2018/19. Proposals have been invited from agencies and broadcasters for rights split into two distinct packages: live matches and highlights. This tender process excludes rights to broadcast in United Kingdom, Ireland and France as these territories were allocated earlier in 2017. EPCR reserved the opportunity to offe...

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  • TigerTurf appoint Hewitt

    Synthetic turf manufacturer TigerTurf has appointed Steve Hewitt as European sales and marketing director.  Formerly European Lifestyle sales manager for Reebok, Steve helped drive Reebok’s European sales to over £500 million in five Years and was an integral part of the branding team that launched the RbK brand across Europe.  On joining TigerTurf, Steve says: “TigerTurf is a dynamic company with an international reputation as a solutions based manufacturer of synthetic turf.  With a ma...

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  • RTE Sport & Newstalk Agree Radio Deal With EPCR In Ireland

    Familiar voices will convey the action and excitement of the European Rugby Champions Cup in Ireland after RTÉ Sport and Newstalk signed three-Year radio rights deals with European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR). The agreements will run until the end of the 2019/20 season. More than one million spectators came in through the turnstiles last season, with bumper attendances in Ireland as both Leinster Rugby and Munster Rugby reached the semi-finals. “Being able to renew with trustworthy partner...

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  • Heineken On Board As Only Main Sponsors Of New Euro Tournament So Far

    Heineken have become the first main sponsors of the new European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, after previously holding title sponsorship of the competition in its prevous guise. The news comes as tournament organisers have admitted that the bid to sign up to six major sponsors has been unsuccessful thus far and it might be another Year until the major partner roster is complete. Heineken claims the deal, which expires in 2018, builds on its positioning as the only brand "co...

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  • Bolton Joins RLEF Board

    The Rugby League European Federation has appointed 2013 Rugby League World Cup general manager Sally Bolton to its board of directors following a four-month recruitment process. Bolton replaces Richard Graham, who joined in 2011 as the RLEF’s first independent director, and says she is looking forward to playing a role in making sure the World Cup on these shores a couple of Years ago has a legacy. “I’m delighted to be joining at such an exciting time for the development of the Sport inte...

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  • EPCR Appoint Two Circles

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have appointed data-driven Sports marketing agency Two Circles to help grow and better engage with their audiences. The partnership plans to build foundations for EPCR to accelerate engagement growth across the 2017/18 season. Through a better understanding of their fans, in particular the content that they are most interested in and how they consume it, Two Circles will assist EPCR in establishing a new approach to their marketing activities, enhancing fa...

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  • 2017 Women's World Cup Tender Process Opens

    The tender process for the right to host the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup has opened following a record-breaking 2014 tournament in France. The tournament, which was won by England in Paris in August, will move to 2017 to maximise synergy with the Olympic and Rugby World Cup Sevens cycles, allowing the world’s best female players to compete on rugby’s biggest stages. The event will return to a four-Year cycle after 2017. The tender process was ratified by the World Rugby Council at its meet...

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  • Chase On To Sponsor £10m Champions Cup

    Five global brands are in the market to sponsor the proposed Champions’ Cup at a minimum asking price of £10m-a-season. Anglo-French organisers of the new European tournament are understood to have opened negotiations with all five prospective backers, among them the German financial services giant, Allianz, leading backers of European football champions, Bayern Munich. To read the full story visit The Rugby Paper via the link below: Chase On To Sponsor The £10m Champions Cup...

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  • Hindley Joins EPCR As Head Of PR

    European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), the organiser of the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments, has announced the appointment of Martyn Hindley as head of communications and public relations. An experienced Sports writer, broadcaster and communications strategist, Hindley joins from European football's governing body, UEFA, where he was corporate communications specialist after a previous role developing multi-platform content. His work to date in rugby has been primari...

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  • RLEF Release 2016 Report

    The Rugby League European Federation RLEF, the forum for development and support of governing bodies in the northern hemisphere, has published its 2016 annual report focussing on increasing participation numbers, strengthening the membership and building a more effective corporate body. Twelve members, including seven of 10 full members, recorded participatory increases, with Jamaica the most productive. Across all competitions, the JRLA completed 138 domestic matches, compared to 100 in the two...

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