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February 18, 2019

  • François Vergnol (in photo) has been named  new Marketing and Commercial Director of EPCR, the organiser of rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield tournaments.
    He joins EPCR from Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, where he was Project Director, FC Barcelona and oversaw the implementation of sponsorship agreements with brands and organisations such as BT, Omega, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, SAP and Destination Sydney New South Wales.
    Most recently, he developed a commercialisation strategy for FC Barcelona’s new Camp Nou Stadium with the aim of generating an additional €100 million per year in revenue for the iconic Spanish club. He had previously been Commercial Director of OC Sport who create and manage international events across a wide range of sports.
  • Gerard Piquè has confirmed that Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi is a partner in Kosmos, the company that is re-launching the Davis Cup later this year under a 25-year, $3 billion deal with the Internatuional Tennis Federation. Kosmos was founded by Piquè with partners including Hiroshi Mikitani Chairman and CEO of e-commerce giant Rakuten.
  • Italy’s Lega Serie A said it has distributed over €1 billion in funding to lower leagues and grassroots football in Italy since 2010.
  • The International Francophonie Games Committee is struggling to get the hosting in place for the 2021 edition of the multi-sport event after Moncton-Dieppe, New Brunswick, in Canada pulled out last month. The city council of Sherbrooke, Quebec, has agreed to step in if financial support from both the provincial and federal governments is forthcoming. Mayor Steve Lussier said: “We’re not going to jump into this without a solid bungee cord.” About 4,000 athletes took part in the 2017 edition of the Games in the Ivory Coast.