This week’s sports industry reading list

Hi there, sports business enthusiasts and welcome to another dose of the sports industry reading list (it really is medicinal), your handy guide to what you ought to be reading if sport is your business. This is the first one of these for a couple of weeks so there’s pieces below from the last fortnight or so – and as usual, you’ll find a mix of profiles, interviews, columns and features. You know the drill. To business.

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • Last week’s SportAccord Convention in Lausanne was, as ever, a chance for some high-level international sports chit-chat. It’s a place where the world’s sports federations, and associated hangers-on, congregate to see which way the wind is blowing in global sports politics. A couple of related recommendations: James Emmett, microphone in hand, was busy pacing the hall searching out the bigwigs from all four 2024 Olympic bidders for a couple of excellent SportsPro podcasts. And Inside the Games’ Nick Butler penned this terrific summary of where the SportAccord organisation lies after a tumultuous year and now the election of a new president.
  • In the week when the Olympic capital hosted the world of sport, this piece by Rebecca Ruiz for the New York Times on the city, its position as home to many an international sports organisation and how it is tightening up its regulation of them was certainly timely.
  • Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Sky Sports. The innovator has become the establishment in an ever-changing media environment, and here’s an interesting interview with Barney Francis, Sky Sports’ managing director, conducted by the Daily Telegraph’s Ben Rumsby.

As always, you can reach me via email: davidcushnan@gmail.com or on Twitter. And a mention, a share or a recommendation is always much appreciated. Until next time.

 

 

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This week’s sports industry reading list

Hello friends. Welcome along to the sports industry reading list, your weekly one-stop shop stocked full of terrific and interesting pieces about the global business of sport. As always, what follows is a mix of pieces from newspaper websites, other online platforms, specialist sports business-related publications and blogs. Ready? Set? To business.

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • In the week the National Football League (NFL) signed what some have described as a game-changer of a live streaming deal with Twitter, the New York Times’ Joe Nocera put together this really good piece on why the league ought to be examining how WWE has been carving up its broadcast and digital rights. This is must-read for anyone interested in the rapidly changing media landscape and how it might affect sport.
  • Sport Business’ Frank Dunne is always worth reading on the subject of sports broadcast rights. His mischievous account of his time at the recent Sportel Asia sports rights market in Singapore is packed full of juicy gossip – it’s well worth your time to understand who is (and might be) talking to who.
  • As Formula One reverted back to its 2015 qualifying format (and let me not be the first to say not before time), Will Buxton, writing on his Buxton Blog, skilfully unpicked the sport’s current political state of play, pointing out that the mess of the past few weeks was about far more than a debate over how cars will line up on the starting grid.

There you go, a short but undoubtedly sweet selection of this week’s best sportsbiz writing. As ever, do feel free to bookmark, promote, share and, most importantly, come back next week more. You can email me at davidcushnan@gmail.com and follow me on Twitter @DavidCushnan.