It’s time for my weekly pick of the best writing on the global sports industry from the past few days – no frills attached. To business:
The big three stories of the week
- The obvious: It’s week two of the FIFA crisis/meltdown/shenanigans. Re-elected Sepp Blatter’s resigned (you might have heard) and it feels as if the sports story of the year is far from over yet.
- The innovation: The National Football League (NFL) has agreed a deal with Yahoo to broadcast live OTT coverage of the Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills game in London this October, the first time the league has sold any of its broadcast rights to a non-linear TV partner.
- The inevitable: With a final flourish (he or whoever writes his speeches and letters has a way with words), a bruised, battered but undimmed Marius Vizer falls on his SportAccord sword.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- Inside the Games’ Nick Butler reflected on the dynamics of Marius Vizer’s resignation, the way the world of international sports federations have sided in numbers with Thomas Bach over the past few weeks, and why the International Olympic Committee should expect more scrutiny from here on. It’s well worth a read: http://tinyurl.com/obngbw9
- Is the kingmaker about to become the king? A very good profile of world sport’s string-puller in chief Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, a man I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more of over the next few months, by the Guardian’s Owen Gibson: http://tinyurl.com/phvxg32
- Bloomberg secured a rare interview with Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, he of the America’s Cup defender and the tournament dubbed tennis’ fifth Grand Slam. Among other matters, he really wants Bradley Cooper to have a good time: http://tinyurl.com/osjr64z
- Lots and lots this week on Fifa, of course – the people, the investigations, the permutations and this gem, from Barney Ronay, on why Football Association chairman Greg Dyke should zip it: http://tinyurl.com/pcwvsyt
- Finally, three interesting pieces relating to the way the media has covered the Fifa storm/tsunami/saga. As mentioned last week, it’s always fascinating to watch when the sports industry finds itself in a wider spotlight and how the mainstream media covers it (and how the industry represents itself). First, Synergy chief executive Tim Crow with a few wise words for those talking incessantly about Fifa sponsors; second, AFP photographer Valeriano Di Domenico on how he secured that Blatter shot on Tuesday; and third, the Washington Post’s piece on investigative journalist Andrew Jennings.