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Sports Round-Up | Formula 1, Netball, Konami and EA Sports

Today's round-up of news in the sports business industry, including: Formula 1's new future, England Netball's extended partnership with Red Bull, Konami's win over rivals EA Sports and more...

The Monday Sport's Round-Up | Formula 1, Netball, Konami and EA Sports

F1 exploring new engine manufacturers

Formula 1’s new chief executive Stefano Domenicali is exploring potential new engine manufacturers.

"I think that one of the biggest challenges that automotive manufacturers have today is to feel younger,” Domenicali told Sky Sports. “There is this kind of fight between the old school of OEM [original equipment manufacturers] and the new OEMs that are coming in the mobility side.

He also disclosed plans on alternating the race format: "We are thinking how to keep the racing format alive in a different way."

Welsh government announces £17.7 million funding

The Welsh government has announced a new round of funding for sport governing bodies in the country, totalling £17.7 million.

The money will help sports that have lost spectators due to COVID-19 restrictions, with most of the funding going to the Welsh rugby union through a £13.5m grant.

England Netball announces Red Bull partnership extension

England Netball has announced a multi-year extension with its official performance drink supplier, Red Bull.

The partnership will see the energy drink manufacturer continue its association both in training and on court through to 2023.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Red Bull, especially after what has been an incredibly tough year for sports across the country,” said Fran Connolly, CEO, England Netball.

Konami beats EA Sports to AFC deal

Sports games publisher Konami has seen off interest from its rival EA Sports to secure a licensing and sponsorship rights deal with the Asian Football Confederation for the 2021-24 cycle.

Konami will use the licensing rights in its Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) game. EA Sports, publisher of the popular FIFA series, was understood to have also been interested in acquiring the rights.

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