Welcome, one and all, to my latest sports industry reading list. It’s a simple format. Each week I spend a reasonable amount of time scouring the internet for interesting, or perhaps even useful, pieces about the global business of sport. Then I put them all together right here, on one handy page. The rest is up to you. If you like these lists, then do be sure to tell an industry colleague about them (or – top tip – drop the blog casually into conversation the next time you’re engaged in some high level networking at a conference or seminar). Right, let’s get cracking with the latest batch of essential reading. To business:
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- Amid speculation that the International Olympic Committee might be set to break with decades of convention and broker a deal that sees hosts named for the next two summer Olympic, here’s Synergy CEO Tim Crow’s astute analysis of the Los Angeles versus Paris battle to secure the 2024 Games.
- I heartily recommend Nascar writer Jeff Gluck’s new blog, where he offers punchy opinion on all the important matters of moment. In the first of what promises to be an interesting mini-series on sponsors, he sat down with Matt Lederer, Comcast’s executive director of sports marketing, to discuss Infinity’s title sponsorship of Nascar’s secondary series.
- This is an interesting interview with Barbara Slater, the BBC’s director of sport, which focuses largely on broadcast coverage of women’s sport in the UK, conducted by the Guardian’s head of media Jane Martinson.
- Some intriguing suggestions and viewpoints here from various New York Times contributors on how best to speed up baseball. And sticking with the same sport, the Associated Press’ Ronald Blum has put together a very handy primer for the World Baseball Classic, due to begin on Monday.
- A long piece well worth reading here, by Murad Ahmed, James Fontanella-Khan and David Bond of the Financial Times, recapping the recent major changes at the top of Formula One and the end of the Ecclestone era.
- On the lookout for an in-depth piece examining the financial challenges facing football clubs in the United Arab Emirates? Well, call off the search; this is a fascinating piece, written by The National newspaper’s Ali Khaled.
- This is a brilliant piece from New Zealand on the country’s resurrected America’s Cup team – and the latest on the seemingly never-ending debate about how best to secure the competition’s long-term health – by the New York Times’ Christopher Clarey.
- A compelling, chilling long-read, this, by David Davis on Deadspin, telling the story of the terrorist attack at the Munich 1972 Olympics and the photographers who captured the horror.