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The big three stories of the week
- As widely predicted, the curtain falls on Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games; Los Angeles and possibly even Toronto wait in the wings to join Rome, Paris, Budapest and Hamburg on the IOC stage.
- Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke indicates that he will leave the beleaguered organisation when it finally elects a new president, at the start of next year.
- BeIN Sports joins Discovery as a major International Olympic Committee broadcast partner after agreeing a deal to televise (and stream) the Games in the Middle East and North Africa until 2024.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- The New York Yankees have a flag crew stationed at Yankee Stadium and their job is far more complex than you might think, as this piece from the New York Times’ Billy Witz neatly explains: http://tinyurl.com/ooppkxb
- SportsPro’s sailing week included this fascinating piece on funding a Vendée Globe campaign, written by James Emmett and centring on Jerseyman Phil Sharp: http://tinyurl.com/pkmugzu
- I really enjoyed this Guardian piece by Les Carpenter on the downright odd Korean Basketball League US draft, which took place recently in Las Vegas: http://tinyurl.com/of439se
- Also in the New York Times this week, Michael Powell examined the use of public funds by the billionaire owners of major league teams in the United States: http://tinyurl.com/np3rp9h
- ESPN’s sports business expert Darren Rovell took a look at the numbers behind daily fantasy sports explosion in the US, in the week when DraftKings secured US$300 million in new financing: http://tinyurl.com/prrw5cy
- And finally, ahead of Friday’s International Olympic Committee vote to decide whether Beijing or Almaty will host the 2022 winter Olympic Games, an excellent scene-setter from Steve Wilson of the Associated Press: http://tinyurl.com/od3uqkd
That’s a wrap: there’ll be another batch of terrific sports industry-related writing next week. In the meantime, do drop me a line with feedback, good, bad or even indifferent, at email@example.com or on Twitter @DavidCushnan