This week’s sports industry reading list

Tumultuous times at the top of world sport and, with the Olympic Games less than 10 days away and the reverberations of the IOC’s decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes still registering on the controversy-ometer, there’s doubtless more to come. It’ll come as no surprise, then, that this week’s sports industry reading list is mostly Olympic-flavoured.

As usual, what follows is a mix of the best and most interesting sports business-related features, profiles, interviews and analysis – if sport’s your business, I’d politely suggest it’s well worth reading on.

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • Richard Deitsch’s weekly sports media round-up is always essential reading and his latest edition features a fascinating round-table with half a dozen journalists heading to Rio 2016 – pretty much all the key issues are covered, from doping to to stress levels.
  • As the dust settles on the UFC’s acquisition by WME | IMG, is kickboxing poised to be the next big thing in the fightsports world? The Daily Telegraph’s Gareth A. Davies has taken a look. It’s well worth your time.

And there we have it, another reading list safely in the (virtual) books. As always, do let me know if it works for you via email – davidcushnan@gmail.com – or on Twitter. And don’t forget to tell your friends/colleagues/clients/grandma about it.

This week’s sports industry reading list

Welcome along to the latest sports industry reading list, a semi-regular guide to the best in recent writing on the global business of sport. Recent events around the world – Brexit and the dramatic political fallout in the UK, Thursday’s atrocity in Nice and Friday’s astounding, concerning events in Turkey are but three – provide the latest stark reminders of the insignificance of sport. Frankly, at times like these, there are far more important things to be reading about than the sports industry. And yet, as those of us who love it are all too aware, sport is escapism and, at its best, wonderful entertainment – it’s worth considering that just in the last week we’ve seen perhaps the most bizarre Tour de France stage of all time and perhaps one of the highest quality final round duels in golf history. Yes, sport matters – a bit. So it may seem more trivial than ever, but onwards – to business – with this week’s reading list.

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • Here’s superb examination (tucked neatly behind Autosport’s paywall) of two different Formula One independent team business models, featuring Williams and Force India, by Dieter Rencken:
  • The final countdown to Rio 2016 is well underway and you’ll be all too aware it’s turned into something of a perfect storm for organisers, with health concerns, high-profile athlete withdrawals, political and economic instability and doping dominating the headlines. BBC sports editor Dan Roan has put together a typically sharp summary of where the Games stand with a couple of weeks to go.
  • Talking of the Olympics, should they have a permanent home? A provocative column here, written by former Olympian Derek Boosey for Inside the Games, offers ample food for thought.
  • And here’s one for Olympic history buffs: Jack Todd has written a superbly detailed piece, published as part of the excellent Guardian Cities website, on Montreal’s hosting of the 1978 Games and the financial calamity that followed.
  • Last week saw the annual lull in the US sports calendar, a couple of days when no major professional sport had events scheduled. Sports communications veteran Joe Favorito wrote this fun piece on which sports ought to be looking to fill the gap.

That’s all for now. As always, all feedback’s welcome via email – davidcushnan@gmail.com – or on Twitter, where you’ll find me @DavidCushnan

This week’s sports industry reading list

Thanks for stopping by – or stumbling across – the sports industry reading list, your one-stop, hopefully handy guide to the best, most interesting and most useful recent writing about the global business of sport. As usual, I’ve selected a mix of interviews, profiles and analysis from a variety of sources – newspaper websites, specialist sport outlets and the sports industry trade press. Ready? Set? To business:

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • The Olympic Games are but a month away. Like many, NBC have been preparing for Rio 2016 for years and this Ad Week interview with Jon Miller, NBC Olympics’ chief marketing officer, is a useful guide to the network’s promotional plans for the next few weeks. A.J. Katz asks the questions.
  • Kevin Durant’s announcement (made, as is the way in the modern world, via Derek Jeter’s Player’s Tribune website) that he’s joining the Golden State Warriors has understandably made waves. This interesting Sports Techie analysis of the motives behind the move posits the theory that the draw of Silicon Valley was magnetic.
  • Fitting neatly into this list’s occasional ‘not directly sports business-related but perhaps relevant for anyone whose business is sport’ category, here’s a fascinating piece from The Drum on The Pool, an online outlet aimed at professional women. Katie McQuater’s piece is well worth your time, especially if content creation’s your game (which it almost certainly is).
  • And a ‘sports industry must-listen’ to round things off. Adam Parsons’ Wake Up to Money programme on BBC Radio 5 Live has spawned a sports business spin-off – and an accompanying podcast. The first edition features, amongst others, British Olympic Association chief executive Bill Sweeney.

As always, all feedback is welcome. You can get in touch by emailing davidcushnan@gmail.com or on Twitter, @DavidCushnan.