Former France player Sebastien Chabal has been appointed chairman of the newly created 2023 Rugby World Cup players’ committee. The decision comes following a meeting of the France World Cup’s organising committee.
The players’ committee will comprise current and former international players, and has been set up in order to improve the experience of each national team during the tournament.
The committee that Chabal is to chair will work with teams, attempting to meet their training camp needs and resolve any other issues.
Chabal, who won 62 caps for France and became notorious for his thick beard, said: “Playing in a Rugby World Cup is an unforgettable experience in a player's career.
“Having participated twice in this competition, I would like to put my experience at the service of France 2023 in order to provide the best conditions for players so that we put on the best display possible for the public.”
Thomas de Buhr has been appointed as head of business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by DAZN, the OTT service operated by digital sports media company Perform Group.
He joins in the newly formed role of executive vice president of marketing and commercial. He previously worked as managing director of Twitter in Germany, as well as holding roles with Google, RTL Group and Mars Inc. His appointment follows that of John Skipper, the ex-ESPN president who is now DAZN’s executive chairman.
De Buhr’s role in Germany, Austria and Switzerland will see him working on increasing brand awareness and user figures, as well as enhancing existing strategic partnerships.
He said: “I am thrilled to join DAZN. As a big sports fan, the opportunity to combine my personal passion with my professional experience was very appealing.
“I look forward to developing innovative partnerships in cross-functional teams and to steadily increasing the customer base in the DACH region through bold marketing. The team has achieved incredible things in just 18 months since launch and 2018 will be the most significant year yet.”
Alpine Canada (ACA) has appointed Steve Wallace as its chief commercial officer. His role will focus on increasing marketing and sponsorship deals for the ACA, while strengthening awareness of Canada’s ski teams. Wallace has previously worked at the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as the Pan American and Invictus Games.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has awarded a five-year contract extension to commissioner Adam Silver that will keep him tied to the league until the end of the 2023/24 season.
Silver, 56, has spearheaded a prosperous period for the preeminent North American basketball league since taking over from David Stern in 2014, with franchise values rising fivefold, from an estimated US$12 billion to US$60 billion, in that time.
Silver, who has been at the NBA since 1992, has previously served as the league’s deputy commissioner and chief operating officer for eight years.
In other NBA news, Amy Lee, who was a senior media rights director at the NBA, has joined World Rugby, rugby union’s global governing body, as its general manager of media rights and broadcast delivery.
Her arrival coincides with the build-up to the 2019 World Cup in Japan – the first to be held in Asia, with World Rugby looking to entice new audiences.
Lee joined the NBA in 2013 from Sportradar, having been director of business development within the integrity services division.