Matthew Shaw

  • "RL Media Volume Has Risen, But Reach Has Not"

    Matthew Shaw, who broadcasts for Premier Sports and BBC Radio Leeds, looks at rugby league’s current TV and media coverage in his column for Total Rugby League’s April issue. He argues that while the volume on current RL media coverage has risen, its reach most certainly has not. “The amount of coverage might be greater than ever before, but the number of people consuming it is dwindling,” he writes. “Why? Because the game’s presence on the major television platforms is on the slide....

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  • Saracens Academy Heads Premiership Talent Supply

    In-depth research by writer Alex Shaw (@alexShawsport) has tracked which club academy systems – if at all – developed the current playing squads of Premiership clubs. Shaw’s study looks at the provenance of the 500 players, which academy system spawned them or – failing a formal academy set up – which club provided the player development at academy age. Saracens lead the way with 30 of their alumni currently playing in the Premiership, with Sale, Leicester and Harlequins following them...

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  • Essentially Merges With ABC Sports Management

    CSM Sport & Entertainment has completed the acquisition of ABC Sports Management, one of the UK's top athlete representation firms which represents some of the biggest names in global rugby. ABC Sports Management will merge with CSM's Essentially with immediate effect and the acquisition is part of the focus on growing the global athlete management division at CSM, which also owns sports marketing consultancy Fast Track, branding specialists ICON, global hospitality experts iLUKA and motorsp...

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  • Chantler Becomes Leigh Centurions CEO

    Kingstone Press Championship side Leigh Centurions have confirmed the appointment of Matthew Chantler as their new chief executive on a full-time basis. Chantler will take up the position immediately and will also join the board of directors at the club. A practicing solicitor specialising in sports law and a lifelong Leigh Centurions fan who lives locally, the 30-year-old has been acting as the club's legal advisor. He said: "I am absolutely delighted to accept the position of chief executive...

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  • New Shirt Sponsor for Saints

    St Helens have announced a new shirt sponsor, Eleven Sports Media for the 2012 season. The Manchester based sports marketing company will be replacing Hunters Land Rover Chester on the sleeve of the home and away kit. Eleven have assisted Saints in the sales of perimeter boards and other advertising channels over the past three seasons. After recently launching a selection of new media/advertising products Eleven have decided Saints would most benefit from Eleven’s new stadium TV concept. Fa...

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  • Ulster fly high with ACS

    Aircraft charter provider Air Charter Service (ACS) has announced a one-year sponsorship deal with Ulster Rugby. ACS will provide aircraft arrangements for the team as they travel to league fixtures in the United Kingdom and to Heineken Cup matches in Europe for the 2011/12 season.The new deal marks an extension of the partnership between the two parties. Matthew Purton, commercial jet director for ACS, said: “We charter aircraft for many of the world’s biggest sports teams, so we have a gr...

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  • Heinz Big Soup Launches Partnership with Rugby League

    The RFL has announced that the Heinz Big Soup brand will become an official partner to Engage Super League and the 2011 Gillette Four Nations. The agreement sees Heinz Big Soup embark on its first ever UK sports partnership.  The RFL’s Commercial Director Paul Kimberley commented: “I am delighted to welcome Heinz Big Soup as a partner of Super League and the 2011 Gillette Four Nations and am looking forward to working closely with Heinz over the coming months,” “Our partnership will see...

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  • RFU Signs Up Firm To Handle Digital Media

    Deltatre has announced a three-year agreement to support the Rugby Football Union (RFU) with a host of digital media, creative and production services as the organisation steps up its digital presence.  At the core of the offering will be the redesign, development and hosting of the RFU’s website, RFU.com. The current site will re-launch in the summer of 2014 as a fully responsive website, allowing users to have the same experience whether on a PC, tablet or mobile device. The site will be t...

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  • ARU Hoping Lions Will Help Overturn Losses

    The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has revealed that it recorded a significant deficit of $8.3 million last year and it is pinning hopes of a return to profitability this year on the visit of the Lions this summer. The net deficit was actually $2.3 million lower than in 2011 and total revenue rose by $21.0 million to $96.6 million but gross expenditure also soared by $17.2 million to $100.3 million. The ARU’s chairman Michael Hawker said that the financial results were caused by the governing bo...

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  • Rugby Well Represented at Groundcare Awards

    A number of venues and staff in rugby union and league feature prominently on the list of finalists for the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2012. The awards are held annually to recognise the efforts and achievements of ground staff across the UK and they encompass both professional and volunteer teams and individuals. Employees at Leeds Rugby are down to the final two contenders for the IOG Bayer Professional Sports Ground Team of the Year for their work at Headingley Stadium...

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