Welcome along. Every week I pick out what I consider to be the best writing and most interesting articles on the business of sport, plucked from a combination of mainstream sources, specialist publications and the sports industry trade media. It really is no more complicated than that. To business:
The big three stories of the week
- It looks as if the ATP World Tour Finals will be staying in London.
- International Ski Federation president Gian-Franco Kasper takes charge, temporarily, at (what’s left of) SportAccord.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- The Chicago Blackhawks were crowned Stanley Cup champions this week, the team’s third title since 2010. Philip Hersch put together this terrific piece in the Chicago Tribune on the resurgence of the franchise and the golden period of hockey the city is experiencing: http://tinyurl.com/o2ypgec
- In the financial times, Mihir Bose met Lord March, the man behind the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed: http://tinyurl.com/q33estn
- Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics appears to be hanging by a thread. Alan Abrahamson argues, with typical style, that it should be put out of its misery as soon as possible, to allow the United States Olympic Committee to shift its focus elsewhere: http://tinyurl.com/o3fdlb7
- These are difficult days for Nike, prompting Ian Herbert of the Independent to examine the company’s evolving philosophy and attitudes to athlete endorsements: http://tinyurl.com/o6dqfkm
- Elsewhere in the ever-fascinating world of sports media rights, the Guardian secured an insight into BT’s gameplan, ahead of its debut as the UK’s Uefa Champions League broadcaster next season, by speaking to Delia Bushell, the company’s head of TV and sport: http://tinyurl.com/pd7828v