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  • RFU Set For Sponsorship Revenue Increase

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is set for an increase in sponsorship revenue when it announces its annual results towards the end of this year, thanks in part to the effect of the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. Sportcal is reporting that the RFU is expected to outstrip the £24.1 million ($35.5 million) generated in sponsorship revenue during the 2013-14 season - that in itself a 26-per-cent rise on the £19.1 million raised in 2012-13. RFU chief commercial and marketing officer Sophie Goldsch...

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  • No Italian TV Deal Yet For Pro12

    Sportcal have reported that here is unlikely to be any live television coverage in Italy of this weekend’s matches from rugby union’s Guinness PRO12, after public-service broadcaster Rai decided against a renewed deal with the league. Rai signed an initial one-year deal covering the 2015-16 season of the competition that features teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy, but has not struck an agreement going forward. The contract, which included the option of an additional year and was...

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  • Beaumont To Stand For World Rugby Presidency

    ... present incumbent Bernard Lapasset expected to stand down. The former England captain lost to Lapasset in the December 2011 election but has been canvassing support for his campaign since before the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to reports in Sportcal. It remains unclear whether Lapasset will stand for a third term as he also has responsibilities as co-chairman of Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games but reports in France this week indicate that he will announce that he is sta...

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  • France To Consider Shirt Sponsorship Options

    The FFR, the governing body for rugby in France, has confirmed it has ruled out shirt sponsorship rights for it's men's national team but would consider similar deals for the sevens, women's and youth teams, according to a report by Sportcal. France is the only remaining major national side without a shirt sponsor - New Zealand were in a similar position but recently sold shirt sponsorships rights to AIG in a five and a half year deal in 2012. And Bernard Godet, the FFR’s vice president and h...

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  • New License Partners for England Rugby

    Various news sources (including Sportcal and isportconnect) have reported that the Rugby Football Union licensing agent CPLG Sport has announced three new merchandising deals for the England Rugby brand. The licensing agent for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said it is "dealing with more interest than ever before" around the brand, with the 2015 Rugby World Cup taking place in England. Brecrest joins the RFU’s licensing programme and will produce England Rugby branded babywear, BL Sports is on...

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  • Colleagues Mourn Sponsorship Expert Andy Kenny

    Tributes have been paid to Andy Kenny, the head of CAA Brand Consulting London, a sports marketing subsidiary of Creative Artists Agency, following his sudden death at the end of last year. This article was published by Sportcal last week. Kenny, who was 42, suffered a fatal heart attack in the week before Christmas. A popular and widely respected sponsorship executive, Kenny had led CAA's UK-based sports and entertainment operation, formerly known as BrandRapport, since the start of 2016, servi...

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  • Pro12 Organisers Firm Up Broadcast Coverage

    ... Guinness Pro12, the renamed competition involving teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, have firmed up more free-to-air television coverage for the forthcoming season but talks over a rights deal in Italy could go down to the wire again, reports Sportcal. TG4, the Irish-language broadcaster in the Republic of Ireland, and BBC Alba, the Gaelic-language channel in Scotland, have now come on board, with their fixtures for the first 13 rounds of the campaign set in stone. The lengths of th...

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  • Free-To-Air Focus For EPCR's Gaillard

    Sports business information service, Sportcal have usefully translated a L’Equipe interview with EPCR chief, Vincent Gaillard in which he discusses the need for more terrestrial coverage for his tournament in France, UK and Ireland. Gaillard says that increased free-to-air exposure in France for the European Rugby Champions Cup, the continent’s top rugby union clubs competition, has been targeted by organisers, who admit that audiences need to improve. The director general of organiser EPCR,...

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  • Rugby Dominates Irish TV Ratings In 2015

    ... sport (including Formula 1)  4,721 + 10% Tennis 2,035   + 22% Boxing (including pay-per-view fights)  1,861 + 67% Darts 1,483 N/A Rugby union 1,466 - 25%  American football (NFL)  1,134  N/A Source: Sky Sports, Sportcal Please see the links below for other related stories: TV3 Wins Irish Six Nations Rights RWC Television Records Continue To Tumble Rugby Dominates French TV Ratings In 2015...

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