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.
- Really enjoyed this piece by Sport Business Journal’s Ben Fischer, charting US Olympian Missy Franklin’s commercial rise. It’s full of detail and is a must-read as Rio 2016 approaches.
- Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl sat down earlier this month for an in-depth conversation with new Fifa president Gianni Infantino. It’s well worth your time for an insight into football’s new most powerful man.
- 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.
- Over on Unofficial Partner, Richard Gillis (for it is he) has published a piece originally from Golf International Magazine considering what we might learn about Donald Trump from his activity in golf over the years. Typically, this is super.
- You would not believe how complicated it is to determine the NFL’s schedule each year. The Los Angeles Times Sam Farmer has produced this fascinating piece on how the 2016 games were assembled.
- And last but not least this week, Mashable’s Sam Laird went behind the scenes to see how ESPN’s production crew covered Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game earlier this month for a piece that includes several fascinating tidbits.