Champions Cup want 'four to six' commercial partners
May 17, 2014
The organisers of the new European Rugby Champions Cup have targeted four to six commercial partners, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph claims entertainment giants XIX, who look after the Beckhams, will be charged with growing the profile of the new tournament. The organisers of the Champions Cup have already closed in on a deal with Heineken to continue their sponsorship of European rugby but they are unlikely to get naming rights for the tournament.
As preparations for the new tournament intensify, European Professional Club Rugby - the body charged with running the three competitions - needs to appoint a new director general. According to the newspaper, Clermont CEO Jacques Pineau will assist the transition from European Rugby Cup Ltd, the body in charge of the Heineken Cup, to the EPCR.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Lewis Hamilton labelled his second world championship the "greatest day" of his life and paid tribute to title rival Nico Rosberg's humility after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Rory Best has hailed the impact of Joe Schmidt's 'ruthless' selection policy, which has seen Ireland's players shed mental frailties that were costing them victories.
Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 in the first reverse singles match on Sunday as Switzerland won the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead
Lewis Hamilton finally fulfilled his six-year dream of a second world title by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as championship rival Nico Rosberg suffered car problems
Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau remains confident they will eventually get the bounce of the ball in their favour as they fell to another defeat to southern hemisphere opposition on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium
With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg set to decide their intense title battle in Abu Dhabi, Laurence Edmondson looks at how their old friendship turned sour in 2014
In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Mario Balotelli evaluates himself, Tony Bellew is overjoyed and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gets infuriated by the boisterous Swiss fans
ESPN looks at the various ways in which the double points rule could impact on this year's drivers' championship
With the winds of change blowing at Ferrari, The Inside Line looks at Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso's imminent moves and why one of them has made the wrong choice
The F1 Strategy Group was tasked with ensuring the future direction of the sport this year but what has it actually achieved? The Inside Line casts a critical eye
Tony Bellew risked punishment by the boxing authorities after alleging that Nathan Cleverly has a drinking problem ahead of their heated rematch on Saturday
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he would welcome Thierry Henry back to Arsenal as a coach - if the club legend is serious about forging a career on the training pitch
Roberto Martinez has spoken out in defence of Ashley Williams, insisting the Swansea defender is "not the type of footballer" who would deliberately injury a player
Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao because of the latest injury to the Manchester United striker
The Premier League is not as good as it looks and relies on slick marketing to attract fans, according to Fernando Torres
Going in to the Abu Dhabi GP, Lewis Hamilton is 17 points ahead in the drivers' championship. What's the biggest deficit overhauled at the end of a season to win the title?
James DeGale tells ESPN he believes a rematch with George Groves is now more realistic than him fighting world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch
Which New Zealander has appeared in most first-class rugby matches?
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
Which six-time Olympian - and individual track gold medallist - later captained her country at football?