Welcome to the sports industry reading list, a handpicked selection of the most relevant and interesting pieces on the global business of sport. As always I’ve scoured the internet for the best profiles, opinion pieces, features and expert analysis and here, with not as much as a drum-roll to manufacture some tension, are the results.
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- The votes have long since been cast, counted, verified and maybe even destroyed, and Gianni Infantino is Fifa’s new president. With the dust now settled on the Fifa Congress, Keir Radnedge produced this excellent analysis of how Infantino’s victory came to pass.
- It’s two weeks until the lights go out in Melbourne for the start of the 2016 Formula One world championship. The new cars have been launched and tested, and it appears I’m not alone in being a little disappointed that many of them have been painted in very similar colours. Over on his website, James Allen sought out the opinion of a professional designer. Note: this piece contains some forthright views and is all the better for it.
- This is a typically-superb piece by the Guardian’s Marina Hyde, which makes an excellent point about Major League Soccer, how it’s maturing and how it’s perceived.
- Another piece well worth reading this week on the Guardian website is Andy Bull’s in-depth look at the exploding popularity of mixed martial arts and in particular the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
- It’s ten years since the winter Olympics took place in Turin. Over on the official Olympic website, I thought this was an interesting piece on the legacy of the Games. It’s written with something of an agenda (Agenda 2020, to be precise), of course, but nonetheless it’s a useful retrospective on an Olympic city ten years after the circus has left town.
- An important issue is addressed well in this blog on the Institute for Human Rights and Business website by Kenny Stewart, a former staffer at Glasgow 2014. It’s a useful insight into how a major sporting event should approach the creation of a properly effective human rights policy.
- The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen wrote this interesting piece on the difficulty many Americans are having following the exploits of the remarkable Steph Curry. If you’re a fan of basketball broadcasting or US timezones, you’ll enjoy this article.
- Virtual reality is, we are constantly told, the Next Big Thing in the sports industry. We’ll see, but just in case it actually is Tim Bradshaw, writing in the Financial Times, has written an interesting piece on the wider implications of the technology.
That’s that – apart from a quick happy anniversary to Mike Laflin and the team at Sportcal, celebrating 25 years covering the business of sport this week – but do return for another list of sports industry must-reads next week.