This week’s sports industry reading list

Every week – just about – you’ll find the best writing on the global sports industry – be it on sponsorship, event organisation, politics, people or broadcast rights – right here. Tell your friends, colleagues and contacts. There’ll be a combination of mainstream press coverage of the business of sport, pieces from specialist sports titles and a smattering from the sports industry trade media. To business:

The big three stories of the week

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:
  • SportsPro’s sailing week included this fascinating piece on funding a Vendée Globe campaign, written by James Emmett and centring on Jerseyman Phil Sharp:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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 or on Twitter @DavidCushnan


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