The endlessly-interesting global sports industry has served up another week of talking points and so here’s my weekly showcase of the best writing about the business of sport – as always, the following have been hand-picked from a combination of mainstream media sources, specialist titles and the industry trade press. To business:
The big three stories of the week
- An interesting addition to the race to stage the Olympic Games in 2024 as Budapest throws its kalap into a ring already containing Boston (just), Rome, Hamburg and Paris.
- Underlining the competition for world-class events at London’s growing crop of major venues, Tottenham Hotspur sign a decade-long deal to stage two NFL games per season at their new stadium from 2018.
- The BBC keeps a portion of live rights to the Six Nations, but teams up with ITV to keep the competition free-to-air. The new deal starts next year.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- The Ashes began on Wednesday and as the BBC’s Tom Fordyce points out it’s ten years since the last live cricket was broadcast free-to-air in the UK. This in-depth piece charts the impact of that on all aspects of English cricket: http://tinyurl.com/oudbgle
- Monday marked the tenth anniversary of the announcement that London would stage the 2012 Olympic Games, leading to an inevitable flurry of legacy pieces. This, from the Guardian’s Owen Gibson, was the pick: http://tinyurl.com/ndm3nuf
- Given the Spurs/NFL tie-up, Sports Illustrated’s MMQB site picked a good moment to run a Europe Week, looking at American Football’s past, present and future on the continent. Some interesting reminiscences on the World League here from Andrew Brandt: http://tinyurl.com/nv2zdrf
- SportsPro’s Adam Nelson had a sit-down with Ary Graça, the colourful president of the FIVB, world volleyball’s governing body. Graça is always good value and his thoughts on beach volleyball’s growth, the current world championships in the Netherlands and the London Olympic legacy for beach volleyball are well worth a look: http://tinyurl.com/oyr428v
- And finally, in an exciting change of format for this blog, not a must-read, but a must-watch. I’ve been a bit underwhelmed by one or two of GoPro’s early forays into professional sport, but its Tour de France partnership with Velon, the group of cycling’s top teams, has delivered some superb footage (such as this and this) in the first week, offering a genuinely new perspective on life in the peloton. GoPro is doing exactly what it should be: enhancing the viewer experience and showing us things the live broadcast cameras can’t (yet).