Another week, another reading list. Below, you’ll find the best (at least to my eyes) writing of the week on the global business of sport, be it from the mainstream press, specialist titles or the sports industry trade media. To business: let’s get going with the big three stories of the week.
The big three stories of the week
- Paris, with Mike Lee’s Vero Communications helping to pull the strings launches its bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, while Tokyo 2020 puts eight sports on the shortlist for the possible additional slot on its programme.
- A group headed by the owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, and Qatar Sports Investments are considering a bid to buy the biggest stake in Formula One from CVC Capital Partners, according to a Financial Times report.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- BBC sports editor Dan Roan took a detailed look at the legacy of London’s Olympic Stadium, amid controversy over the cost of renovations and as West Ham United prepare to move in: http://tinyurl.com/noxpnn8
- It’s just over a month until the troubled race for the winter Olympics comes to its conclusion, with only Beijing and Almaty still in contention. The New York Times’ Sam Borden wrote this about the latter’s first-time bid: http://tinyurl.com/pymsygy
- Staying with the New York Times, here’s Rich Sandomir’s fairly damning review of Fox’s first effort at broadcasting the US Open last weekend: http://tinyurl.com/ntpnun5
- Italian football club Parma was declared bankrupt this week – David Gendelman, in a piece published on the Guardian website, explained how it has come to this. It’s a fantastic bit of work: http://tinyurl.com/pv5zcdm
- Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs produced this excellent examination of how Wimbledon became the tournament it is today – and looks at the impact made by a 17-year old German who lifted the trophy 30 years ago: http://tinyurl.com/nvygjpb