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Sports Round-Up | Trump, Six Nations, MLS

Today's round-up of news in the sports business industry, including: Trump's Bedminster course replaced by Southern Hills, Rugby League World Cup's new Assura partnership, MLS' April 3 start date and more...

Trumps Bedminster course replaced by Southern Hills

Donald Trump's Bedminster course, which was set to host the 2022 USA PGA Championship, has been replaced by the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The venue was stripped of hosting rights earlier this month after organisers said using the course would be "detrimental" to their brand.

Rugby League World Cup announces Assura as community health partner

The Rugby League World Cup has announced a partnership with Assura for it to become their new community health partner.

As part of the deal, the Assura Community Fund will launch a grants Programme, which will see a minimum of £100,000 given to charitable and voluntary sector organisations, in order to deliver health and wellbeing activities.

MLS targets April 3 for season start

Major League Soccer (MLS) has set a start date of April 3 to kick-off the season. The league says they intend to include an All-Star Game, along with the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup competitions with Liga MX.

The final day of the 34-game regular season is scheduled to be on November 7, with playoffs to begin on November 19 and MLS Cup scheduled for December 11.

Six Nations tops YouGov Sport's 2021 Buzz report

YouGov Sport has announced its annual UK Buzz ranking, revealing the postponed Guinness Six Nations as generating the most positive buzz amongst the British public in 2020, followed by the Premier League.

The German Bundesliga rose to fourth place, after it was one of the first leagues in Europe to return to action post the first wave of COVID-19.

Redball SPAC drops pursuit of Fenway Sports Group stake

Fenway Sports Group, owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F, has ended talks with Redball Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), to offload a minority stake.

The talks have ended after Redball failed to raise enough outside capital at the asking price via the SPAC structure.

Author: Jake Wilkin