Welcome one, welcome all to this week’s sports industry reading list, your handy guide to the best and most interesting writing on the global business of sport. A mix of profiles, interviews, analysis and feature-length pieces, as usual the pieces come from a variety of sources – newspapers, digital publishers, specialist blogs, sport-specific sites and the sports industry trade media. That’s the intro, now let’s get to the good stuff. To business:
This week’s sports industry must-reads
- The good people at Leaders hosted their New York event last week, featuring a truly stellar line up of speakers. I popped in and out of the Times Center during the conference, so Steven Slayford’s daily reviews for SportBusiness International, here and here, were particularly useful on who said what.
- Back in Europe, the Football Talks conference took place in Portugal last week. That’s where SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly caught up with Alejandro Dominguez, the president of Conmebol, governing body of South American football, to discuss his achievements since being elected in January 2016 and what his next moves might be.
- Sticking with football politics, here’s a fascinating account of the recent elections at CAF, the governing body of the sport in Africa, which saw longtime president Issa Hayatou defeated. It’s by Josimar’s Pål Ødegård and highly recommended.
- The Irish Times’ Gerry Thornley has written this excellent in-depth piece examining the bids and bidding process for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which sees France, South Africa and Ireland vying to host. The crucial vote is in November.
- This piece by Barry Glendenning for the Observer, reviewing some of English football’s worst club owners, is a) a reminder of the folly of many investments in sports teams and b) highly readable.
- A piece from a week or two ago, by Wired’ Paul Sarconi, that’s well worth reading for anyone working in sport who’s using (or thinking of using) Instagram to post highlight clips.
- Alan Abrahamson, writing with typical style over on his 3 Wire Sports blog, makes (another) impassioned call for the International Olympic Committee to use common sense and award the 2024 summer Games to Los Angeles.
- Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, a man always worth reading on sports media matters, asks a simple but extremely pertinent question: Would you pay for 24/7 live streaming of your favourite sports star? It’s a fascinating prospect and a fascinating read.