Welcome along – and make no mistake, everyone’s welcome here – to the sports industry reading list, my weekly guide to the best and most interesting writing on the global business of sport. Whether sport’s your business or you’re just keen to know more about how it’s funded and organised, I’m almost certain you’ll find something below you’ll want to click on. As usual, there’s a mix of analysis, longer-form features, profiles and interviews selected from a variety of sources: newspapers websites, specialist sport sites and sports trade media publications to name a few. Those are my terms and conditions. To business:
This week’s sports industry must-reads:
- It’s been a very significant week for a controversial, outspoken, entrepreneurial leader. Yes, Bernie Ecclestone’s reign over Formula One effectively came to an end on Tuesday. No longer chief executive, he’s been replaced by Chase Carey following Liberty Media’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of the sport Ecclestone built into a global juggernaut. Inevitably, the past few days have many attempts to sum up Ecclestone, his management style and his impact – positive and negative – on Formula One over the past few days. I highly recommend Joe Saward’s piece on his blog, Oliver Holt’s memories of working in an Ecclestone-controlled paddock for the Mail on Sunday and Richard Williams’ masterful Guardian column on Formula One’s past and future. Former Jordan GP marketing director Mark Gallagher also has a must-read blog post on what might and should happen now under Carey and his newly-appointed managing directors, Sean Bratches and Ross Brawn.
- As Formula One was ringing the executive changes, Nascar was confirming major format changes designed to ensure every part of every race has implications for the overall championship and to insert natural advertising breaks for broadcast networks Fox and NBC. Respected Nascar journalist Jeff Gluck’s piece, on his newly-launched blog, is well worth a read to get up to speed.
- A superb history, put together by John Ourand and the team at Sports Business Journal, of one of the more controversial innovations in sports broadcasting: Fox’s short-lived NHL glowing puck.
- Sticking with hockey, this is an authoritative piece by Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt on the NHL’s latest expansion team, the Golden Knights – the first major league sports franchise to call Las Vegas home.
- Some typically expert digging here by the Guardian’s David Conn into the owners of Premier League club Everton.
- Football 365’s Joe Devine delves into the challenges facing UK pubs and bars that show live football. It’s a fascinating piece.
- Not strictly about the sports industry, but certainly one for the ‘related reading’ pile: the Financial Times’ big piece on the Murdoch clan by Matthew Garrahan is definitely worth your time.
As always, you can get in touch via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or on Twitter. I’ll be back here next week to point you in the direction of more reading material; hope you will be too.