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The big three stories of the week
- 26 – twenty six – sports submit applications to be granted Olympic status at Tokyo 2020.
- The NBA confirms its major apparel deal with Nike, ending its association with Adidas in the process.
- The Premier League drops its title sponsor category (at the end of next season).
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- The inaugural European Games are due to begin on Friday, amid no little uncertainty and controversy. The Netherlands this week withdrew as hosts for the second edition in 2019, while several journalists were reportedly barred from entering Azerbaijan to cover the biggest sporting event in Baku’s history, after flagging up the country’s human rights issues. The Guardian’s Owen Gibson was among them: http://tinyurl.com/nqjl3mc
- The New York Times’ David Waldstein put together this scene-setter ahead of the Copa America in Chile, a tournament which began on Thursday and has been somewhat overshadowed by the murky goings-on at Fifa and Conmebol: http://tinyurl.com/qhsxpvv
- Over at my old stomping ground SportsPro, Michael Long has delved into the business behind a pre-Wimbledon tournament – here’s his look at Queen’s Club ahead of next week’s Aegon Championships: http://tinyurl.com/p5rud4m
- The last two standing in the race to host the 2022 winter Olympic Games, Almaty and Beijing, had a busy week, making their cases to the International Olympic Committee membership ahead of July’s host city election in Kuala Lumpur. This is Alan Abrahamson’s excellent analysis of the race and how it fits into the wider Agenda 2020 picture: http://tinyurl.com/o6u6a8a
- The Le Mans 24 Hours takes place this weekend. It’s a historic event which is going through a resurgence, in a series, the World Endurance Championship, which also has significant momentum just now. Former Indycar CEO Andrew Craig is involved in the WEC’s North American growth (and, separately, has worked to bring Formula One to Baku next year) and this week gave this interview on the business of motorsport to Racer: http://tinyurl.com/pwzd7xv