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  • West Coast Post: How the 49ers are moving past their early problems in Santa Clara

    West Coast Post: How the 49ers are moving past their early problems in Santa Clara

    21 October 2014 |

    The San Francisco 49ers’ new 68,500-seater Levi’s Stadium is a technology behemoth, boasting some of the most impressive gadgets and gizmos in world sport. And rightly so, given its position at the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. But as has been widely reported, their early tenure in Santa Clara has not been without complication, with issues ranging from loose turf and Wi-Fi problems, to two-hour parking delays and fans enduring blistering heat in the stands. SportsPro went along for a tour of the US$1.2 billion facility and caught up with chief operating officer Al Guido who shed some light on the stadium’s early teething problems. Read more...

  • West Coast Post: Why Jarryd Hayne is switching the NRL for NFL

    West Coast Post: Why Jarryd Hayne is switching the NRL for NFL

    16 October 2014 |

    In a move dubbed as one of the the “biggest bombshells” in Australian sport, the National Rugby League’s (NRL) player of the year, Jarryd Hayne, is quitting rugby to pursue a career in America’s National Football League (NFL). The news instantly made headlines in Australia and sent shockwaves through a sport losing one of its biggest stars. SportsPro caught up with Hayne’s agent, Wayne Beavis, who has represented the Parramatta Eels full-back since he was 14, to find out what the move means commercially. Read more...

  • West Coast Post: Growing America’s other football league

    West Coast Post: Growing America’s other football league

    06 October 2014 | North America, Comment, Football

    The task of popularising a sport often looked upon as a lighthearted sideshow to the NFL falls to Scott Butera, the Arena Football League’s new commissioner. He has spent the majority of his career managing casinos but also worked in banking for 20 years. Here, shortly after his latest career switch was announced, Butera maps out his vision for the AFL and the plans for Chinese expansion. Read more...

  • West Coast Post: Talking MLS with the Galaxy

    West Coast Post: Talking MLS with the Galaxy

    29 September 2014 | North America, Comment, Soccer

    Just before the Los Angeles Galaxy thumped Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls 4-0 on Sunday evening, SportsPro caught up with Galaxy president Chris Klein to discuss his move into sports administration, the upcoming Major League Soccer (MLS) collective bargaining agreements (CBA), and Landon Donovan’s retirement. Read more...

  • West Coast Post: Why do people follow the NFL?

    West Coast Post: Why do people follow the NFL?

    22 September 2014 | North America, Analysis, Football

    Understanding why fans support a certain team and how they do it is a major challenge for sports organisations the world over. Octagon, the sports, music and entertainment marketing agency, has set out to shed some light on the issue through its latest research. Chief strategy officer Simon Wardle explains how European soccer fans differ from National Football League (NFL) fans, and why women are more tribal than men. Read more...

  • Volleyball viewpoint: The FIVB sets out its LED-inspired future

    Volleyball viewpoint: The FIVB sets out its LED-inspired future

    19 September 2014 | Europe, Volleyball, Comment

    Playing the opening match of its world championship in a soccer stadium and next year’s introduction of an LED net are evidence of the FIVB’s desire to position volleyball as a commercial heavyweight, as SportsPro’s managing director Nicholas Meacham, a volleyball coach and player, discovered on a recent trip to Warsaw. Read more...

  • West Coast Post: Inside Pac-12 Networks

    West Coast Post: Inside Pac-12 Networks

    16 September 2014 | College Sports, North America, Feature

    In the first instalment of a new weekly column from the US, SportsPro's Ian McPherson went along to the Pac-12’s offices in San Francisco to talk business with commissioner Larry Scott and check out its production facilities. Read more...

  • Formula E: the verdict

    Formula E: the verdict

    15 September 2014 | Global, Feature, Comment, Motorsport

    A brave new dawn for motorsport, merely a novelty, or something in between? The first Formula E ‘ePrix’ in Beijing on Saturday, the sport’s first all-electric event, was by no means flawless, but offered plenty of positives. Read more...

  • VIDEO: Flying the Red Bull Air Race

    VIDEO: Flying the Red Bull Air Race

    18 August 2014 | Europe, Feature, Miscellaneous

    Over 50,000 fans packed into Ascot Racecourse this weekend for the Red Bull Air Race World Championships. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme cruised to victory in the main event on Sunday and SportsPro were lucky enough to find out firsthand what it feels like to take part in the race. Read more...

  • Commonwealth Games diary: The curious case of lawn bowls

    Commonwealth Games diary: The curious case of lawn bowls

    23 July 2014 | Multiple sports, Europe, Feature

    Of the 17 sports on the Glasgow 2014 sports programme, all but four featured at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Another, rugby sevens, will make its much-anticipated Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in two years’ time. That, if you’ve been following the maths, leaves just three non-Olympic sports taking place here. Read more...