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  • Celerity Group Acquires JPA Worldwide

    Celerity Group , a multidisciplinary consultancy that was set up last April to provide services to Sports and media organisations, has announced its acquisition of JPA Worldwide, the rugby-specialist Sports agency. JPA Worldwide, which was formed by Justin Paige following a management buy-out from World in Motion in December 2010, the company manages the likes of Dean Richards, Matt Stevens and Tom Croft (pictured), who will now be on the Celerity roster. Allan Reeves, chief executive at Celerit...

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  • Perform Set To Acquire Opta In £40m Deal

    Perform Group is on the verge of purchasing the Sports data company Opta for somewhere in the region of £40 million. The digital Sports media firm, which is responsible for Premiership Rugby TV and produces the top flight’s highlights show for ITV among other ventures, is preparing to take over Opta subject to “successful fundraising”. The Group has confirmed that it is looking to make the acquisition in an attempt to create a “leading player in the provision of Sports data to the media...

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  • More Than Half Milennials Watch Illegal Live Streams

    The future for subscription TV model is questioned by results of a recent survey that reveals more than half of young people watch illegal streams of live events. Research into the viewing habits of “millennials” - 18 to 24 year olds - has found piracy has become normalised among this generation while the take-up for traditional subscription services is far less than among older viewers. The figures, according to research by SMG Insight commissioned by the BT Sport Industry Awards and publis...

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  • Kevin Marren - St Helens RLFC

    St Helens RLFC has appointed Kevin Marren to its board of directors. Kevin, aged 48, is a chartered accountant by profession and has spent 20 years in property investment and development. He was chief executive of Elite Homes Group Limited and negotiated its sale to the Bovis Group in 2007. He is now chairman of T123 Limited, a Group involved in the distribution of parts to specialist vehicle suppliers.

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  • RCMA Group On Saints' Home Shirts

    St Helens have secured the RCMA Group, a global commodities and supply chain company as a principal partner and home shirt sponsor in a deal that they claim will greatly support and expand the commercial base of the club. The partnership brings a global collaboration where St.Helens fans are growing internationally. The RCMA Group boasts offices all over the world including Stratford, London and Liverpool in the UK. The RCMA Group branding will be seen on all Saints home jerseys and the principa...

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  • NBC Signs Three-Year Deal With Premiership Rugby

    Premiership Rugby has signed a three-year agreement with NBC Sports Group for the coverage of England’s top flight ahead of its first overseas game on Saturday. London Irish’s match against Saracens at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey this weekend will be broadcast live on NBCSN to kick off the deal and further coverage will begin in earnest at the start of the 2016-17 season in September. There will be up to 24 regular Game of the Week programmes for each round of the Aviva Premiership on N...

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  • Proctor Named RFU Independent Non-Exec Director

    President of GroupM and global media and advertising industry expert, Dominic Proctor, has become the Rugby Football Union’s third independent non-executive director (INED). Proctor’s appointment for a three-year term sees the RFU Board reflecting a broad spectrum of business and finance skills. He joins existing INEDs Marks & Spencer Group plc CFO Helen Weir and John Lewis plc's former Group finance director Andy Cosslett. Cosslett was also formerly Fitness First CEO, non-execut...

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  • New Alcohol Sponsorship Code from the Portman Group

    The new Portman Group Alcohol Sponsorship Code came into force on 31 January 2014. The UK-wide code brings together drinks producers, leading Sports, music and venue organisations to promote responsible drinking through sponsorships. The code formalises much of the activity which was already central to the alcohol industries’ sponsorship agreements. Furthermore, it establishes a new ‘positive commitment’ for alcohol producers to promote responsible drinking as a part of the deals they sign...

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  • RFU Link Up with BMW

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) today announced a new four-year partnership with BMW Group UK as the official vehicle partner from September 2012. BMW Group UK will invest in various levels of the elite game through an integrated partnership to become the official vehicle partner of England Rugby, title sponsors of England’s elite age grade development programme and front of shirt sponsors of the England Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 squads. Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU chief commercial officer, s...

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  • Perform Posts Huge Profits Rise

    The digital media firm behind Premiership Rugby TV has announced an enormous 263 per cent increase in its profits after tax last year. Perform Group, which also produces the top flight highlights show for ITV and a number of live games, has revealed that profits are up from £3.72 million to £13.5 million for the year ending 31 December 2012. The profits attributable to the company’s equity holders have risen from £3.13 million to £12.84 million and its joint chief executive officer, Oliver...

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