This week’s sports industry reading list

It’s time. A major multi-sport global gathering, packed full of fascinating stories, inspiring huge debate and intrigue every time, is finally upon us once again. That’s right, it’s time for another edition of the sports industry reading list, your regular handpicked selection of interesting, relevant and sometimes mission-critical pieces on the global business of sport. In this week when the Olympic Games also start, to business:

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • Rio 2016 is finally upon us and my goodness it’s been quite the journey since Jacques Rogge announced, some seven years ago, South America would host its first Games. Back then, as editor of SportsPro, I asked Michael Payne, the IOC’s former marketing director and a noted Olympic consultant, to write the story of a winning bid that he had played a part in. I happened across the piece again this week, reprinted in its unedited form on Payne’s website, and it’s well worth a read for some essential background on the genesis of Rio’s Games.
  • Is Stan Kroenke really sport’s most powerful man? I’m not sure, but with big investments in the Premier League and NFL he’s well worth a Daily Mail profile. This, written by Matt Barlow, contains lots of interesting little nuggets about an elusive yet clearly highly ambitious sports investor.
  • Barely a week now goes by without some sort of significant investment in sport by a Chinese firm or individual and frankly it’s becoming tricky to keep up with the number of European football clubs that are being fuelled by Chinese yuan. On his China Sports Insider blog Mark Dreyer, who has been based in the country for many years, has reprinted a fascinating recent interview he gave to Sky Sports on the subject of Chinese takeovers.

That’s all for now. As always, feedback is welcomed via email – davidcushnan@gmail.com – or on Twitter: @DavidCushnan. Until next time, enjoy the Games.

 

 

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