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The cup runneth over: The financial power of the Rugby World Cup

The cup runneth over: The financial power of the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is now a glitzy tournament transformed beyond recognition from its humble beginnings in 1987. But is it really as big and lucrative an event as its cheerleaders claim?

Leadership lessons: picking the team

Leadership lessons: picking the team

Another last-eight exit beckons for Ireland

Another last-eight exit beckons for Ireland

Whether they get the All Blacks or the Springboks after the group stage, Joe Schmidt’s team will struggle to achieve that elusive first World Cup semi-final, writes Garry Doyle

How the RWC has grown

How the RWC has grown

Touchdown: Flutter enters the play in US

Touchdown: Flutter enters the play in US

The rebranded Paddy Power Betfair is hungrily eyeing the huge US market, which was off limits until recently, and the new NFL season gives it the chance to fill its boots

Best intentions: A profile of Ireland's captain

Best intentions: A profile of Ireland's captain

Like it or not, the Irish rugby captain’s personal struggles mirror the challenge the entire squad now faces. For him, for them, the fear is that the World Cup has arrived 12 months too late

Sports website must learn the rules of engagement

Sports website must learn the rules of engagement

The Athletic scored an own goal when its co-founder gave a now-infamous interview in the US. As the website launches in Britain, it needs to change its tone and lose its ‘tech bro’ image

Sky to test more flexible football tactics in Germany

Sky to test more flexible football tactics in Germany

A pay-per-match partnership with digital platform Onefootball could go ahead close to the beginning of the new Bundesliga season on Friday

Open season: R&A commercial director Neil Armit on the future of golf

Open season: R&A commercial director Neil Armit on the future of golf

As the Open, finally back in Portrush, concludes today, Neil Armit of the R&A has much to celebrate – not least his plan to attract more women and girls to golf

Virgin and Sky won’t play ball on BT Sport Irish rights

Virgin and Sky won’t play ball on BT Sport Irish rights

A source told The Sunday Business Post that Sky and Virgin were unlikely to come to an agreement for the latter to carry the channels following a change of distributor at the start of next month

Women's football faces TV rights test after World Cup

Women's football faces TV rights test after World Cup

A test of the game’s commercial appeal is looming as England’s FA plans to sell domestic broadcast rights to the women’s game independently of the men’s competition for the first time

Benitez's Newcastle departure a blow for Ashley

Benitez's Newcastle departure a blow for Ashley

The highly-respected Spaniard, who led Liverpool to a famous Champions League victory in Istanbul in 2005, took over at Newcastle at the end of the 2015-16 season

Lucid dreaming? The ambitious plan for Irish football

Lucid dreaming? The ambitious plan for Irish football

Businessman Kieran Lucid’s ambitious plan for an all-island league has the potential to succeed where previous initiatives have flopped

Upping the Ante: Inside information gives an indicator of Albigna’s huge potential

Upping the Ante: Inside information gives an indicator of Albigna’s huge potential

The Harrington-trained filly Albigna looks a worthy successor to Alpha Centauri, even if she ends up not making the trip to Royal Ascot

Upping the Ante: GAA must make match experience less alien to unionists

Upping the Ante: GAA must make match experience less alien to unionists

Hurling is the greatest sport on the planet, yet a large chunk of the population of this island are put off playing or watching it