Against the odds, we’ve reached week two of this blog – thanks for reading and be sure to tell colleagues and friends about it, because it’s now officially a series. As ‘regulars’ will know, it’s designed to be a romp through the best writing on the sports industry – the much talked-of global business of sport – over the past few days (or at least the things I’ve read and liked or thought were particularly interesting). To business:
The big three stories of the week
- SportAccord: As more federations suspend their membership of SportAccord, following president Marius Vizer’s incendiary comments at last month’s convention in Sochi, Vizer himself outlines his own 20-point plan for reform.
- OMG WPP: Sir Martin Sorrell unveils his new global sports agency brand ESP, acquiring Matt Rogan’s Two Circles in the process. Every other agency in the sector will be watching ESP’s progress closely.
- Going Dutch: With just weeks until the inaugural edition in Baku, the European Olympic Committee confirm the European Games will be staged across multiple cities in the Netherlands in 2019 – an intriguing new hosting model for multi-sport events.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- David Owen of Inside the Games attempts to unravel the latest in the Marius Vizer/SportAccord/international federations/IOC/Thomas Bach kerfuffle: http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1027470/vizer-spells-out-his-version-of-agenda-2020-but-is-anyone-still-listening
- Sport Business Journal’s John Ourand with this terrific profile of US television legend Dick Ebersol, the man behind NBC’s longstanding coverage of the Olympic Games: http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2015/05/18/Sports-Business-Awards/Ebersol-main.aspx
- SportsPro unveiled its annual most marketable athlete’s list this week – I had a little part to play in who was in and who was out before leaving – and with a woman in the number one slot for the first time new magazine editor Eoin Connolly examines the evolving commercial landscape for female athletes – it’s a typically fantastic piece: http://tinyurl.com/q6sf9bf
- The Swiss Ramble’s blog is a must for anyone who has an interest in the finances of football clubs – here’s a great example from this week, as he pours over the books of Championship play-off finalist Middlesbrough: http://swissramble.blogspot.co.uk/
That’s all for now. Happy reading, sports industry.