So this is Christmas. But in another very real sense this is also the sports industry reading list, my selection of the best writing on the global business of sport – from newspapers, websites, trade publications and blogs. Here, for the last time in 2015, is this week’s pick:
This week’s sports industry reading list
- Another week, another list: Forbes’s Maury Brown has produced the Sports Money 50, his 50 must-follow sports business tweeters (or, more accurately, 50 must-follow US sports business tweeters). As with all these type of things, plenty to disagree with and question here (not least the large number of Forbes-related handles included) but it’s worth at least a peek.
- For a broader view on the business of sport in 2015, SportsPro’s annual 25 stories that shaped the sporting year is essential reading. Whilst you’re on the site, check out the festive year-in-review podcast.
- And SportsPro digital editor and all-round good guy Michael Long has started his own personal blog, charting adventures on the road in the curious and often downright strange world of sports business – it’s excellent, and I’d have expected nothing less.
- The great Jimmy Hill died this week. As Richard Williams points out in this beautifully written Guardian obituary, his influence on football was – and continues to be – enormous.
- In the week Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned from football from eight years – although both intend to appeal Monday’s verdict of Fifa’s ethics committee – there were a couple of pieces that stood out. First, David Conn of the Guardian on Blatter. And Paul Hayward, chief sports writer at the Telegraph, on Platini’s rise and fall. Both are highly recommended.
- This piece is not strictly about the business of sport but it may ultimately have relevance for the industry, should Rome emerge as a genuine contender to stage the 2024 Olympic Games. Anyway, I thought this was a fascinating Guardian Cities’ article by Rosie Scammell on the challenges of modernising a city that is still in many parts ancient.
- And finally, moving entirely away from sport – what the heck, it’s Christmas – I thought this festive postcard from 35,000 feet from British Airways first officer Marc Vanhoenacker, published in the Financial Times this week, was just wonderful. Enjoy.
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