Welcome along to the sports industry reading list, an irregular and handpicked collection of what I consider to be the best and most interesting writing about the global business of sport. As always, you’ll find profiles, interviews, opinion pieces and analysis here on all manner of issues, from the way sport is broadcast, the flow of money through the industry and the people who run the whole thing. Let me know what you like and dislike by sending me an email here or commenting via Twitter, where you’ll find me at @DavidCushnan. Enough with the parish notices. To business:
Sports industry must-reads (from the past couple of weeks or so)
- In the wake of the recent Chinese investment in Manchester City, Professor Simon Chadwick, a well-known commentator on the business of sport, produced this thoughtful analysis of China’s growing impact on football around the world.
- I’m a big fan of Sports Illustrated senior editor Richard Deitsch’s weekly column on US sports media. A couple of recent recommendations here: first, a roundtable with several producers of sports talk radio shows; the second, a fun gaze into what the broadcast of Super Bowl 100, 50 years from now, might look like.
- James Emmett, editor-in-chief of something called SportsPro, found himself trotting round Los Angeles recently, to discover more about top-level equestrianism and one of its new showpiece events. Then he wrote this typically terrific piece about the business and personalities behind it.
- There’s a flurry of end-of-year pieces floating about at the moment. Among the pick is Andrew Brandt’s review of the NFL year from a business/off-field perspective for MMQB.
- If you haven’t already seen it, Richard Gillis from the potentially award-winning Unofficial Partner blog last week ranked and published his top 50 (or 51) sports business tweeters. The full ‘Unofficial 50’ list is here and once you’ve read that do read Richard’s thoughts on the arduous process he put himself through.
- Over at Inside the Games, David Owen took a detailed and fascinating look at the financial transparency of international Olympic sports federations after a year of considerable discomfort for several of them.
- Matt Cutler, formerly of Sport Business International, delved into the strange old world of Twitter sports parodies and discovered some interesting things. The resulting piece, for Vice Sports, is well worth a look.
- Rome was this week confirmed as the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2022. BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter provided some context on the decision and the European Tour’s rationale for taking the event to new markets.
Something for everyone there (if you’re a sports business enthusiast, that is). Do check back here soon for more.