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SHORTS: THE OPEN, SKY SPORTS, DAZN

Following the successful launch in 2017 of The One Club, free membership to the British Open for golf fans around the world, a new membership development has been announced ahead of the highly anticipated 150th Open.

The American financial service provider Mastercard, official patron of the Open, will also be presenting partner of the fan membership program. Members who have their Mastercard and link it to their One Club membership account automatically become One Club Advantage members at no cost. Other benefits include: access to golf with the opportunity to play at some of The Open’s most iconic venues, new member upgrades such as free golf lessons and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at The Open including the opportunity to meet golf legends.

John Espley, Director of Commercial Partnerships said: “When we launched The One Club we delivered a truly unique offering to golf fans around the world. Free membership meant people of all ages could get closer to The Open with exclusive content throughout the year. We are excited to continue to expand membership in partnership with Mastercard to offer unrivaled benefits as part of free membership, meaning golf fans can experience the magic of The Open in new and exciting ways.”


Sky Sports have agreed with UK public broadcasters to make next week’s crucial FIFA World Cup play-off final available to all, which could see Wales face Scotland for a place in Qatar.

Wales have already secured their place in the final and Scotland meet Ukraine in the delayed second semi-final on 1 June. The final will earn the winner a seat at the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar in November and will be broadcast free on ITV in England, S4C in Wales and STV in Scotland.

The game, which will also be shown on Sky Sports, is the culmination of a long qualifying campaign for both nations after Scotland’s game against Ukraine was initially postponed following Russia’s invasion, while Wales beat Austria 2-1 in March.


An exclusive report by Meeting, suggests that global streaming platform DAZN will cut around 50 jobs at its London headquarters. The report explains that a four-week redundancy process has been launched, with around 50 posts at DAZN’s west London headquarters potentially to be closed.

Although London is DAZN’s starting point, the decision is driven by the company’s decision to decentralize and focus on other growth regions such as Spain, Italy and Germany.


Technology Solutions and printing company Brother UK have renewed and expanded their commitment to Britain’s biggest professional cycle races, the Women’s Tour and the Tour of Britain, ahead of the 2022 events. As part of the partnership, Brother UK will remain the Official Printing and Results Partner of both races and will also become Presenting Sponsor of the Green Zones of the race as part of the company’s sustainability focus.

This year marks the ninth consecutive season that Brother UK has supported the Tour of Britain and the Women’s Tour, having sponsored both events since 2014 and serving as Official Printing and Results Partner since 2016.


The LTA, the national governing body for tennis in Great Britain, has announced that Sandi Procter will become its 24th President. Her appointment was confirmed at this week’s LTA AGM, with her taking up the position in early 2023.

Sandi will rise from her current role as LTA Deputy President to become the longest-serving volunteer tennis representative in the UK, serving a three-year term, succeeding current LTA President David Rawlinson, whose term ends in December.

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