Hello friends, and welcome to another installment of my sports industry reading list – a guide to the best and most interesting writing on the global business of sport from the past week, featuring pieces plucked from other parts of the internet and dumped (curated) here. As usual, there’s a mix of features, interviews, analysis and financial reporting, sourced from newspaper websites, specialist sports sites, blogs and the like. It’s fun for all the family (if your family happens to be made up of members of the international sports sector). Anyway, let’s get going. To business:
This week’s sports industry must-reads:
- Inside the Games’ Michael Pavitt’s dispatch from Australia – tough gig – on the Gold Coast’s quiet but seemingly effective preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games is well worth a read.
- Adam Cooper expertly considers perhaps the biggest challenge facing Formula One’s new owners – how to change the inequitable distribution of revenues among teams and try to level the playing field.
- The NHL confirmed last week that it will not make its players available for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, seemingly bringing to an end months of fruitless negotiations. Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star wrote this punchy piece examining the league’s controversial decision.
- Prior to the weekend’s events in Augusta, ESPN senior writer Jason Sobel sought the views of one Snoop Dogg on how golf might go about tapping into celebrity culture to attract new fans.
- Simon Kuper’s argument, for ESPN.co.uk, that Real Madrid and FC Barcelona’s domination of European football will wane as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fade from the limelight is, as you would expect, well worth your time.
- As the new Indian Premier League season smashes into life, Sport 360’s Joy Chakravarty sat down with the 26-year old owner of the Gujarat Lions franchise, Keshav Bansal. Excellent insight here.
- A interesting reflection in the New York Times here, by public editor Liz Spayd, reflecting on the decisions made about what to cover – and how to cover it – in the newspaper’s sports pages.
- Sticking with cricket, this is a very useful county-by-county guide to the finances of English cricket by the Guardian’s Ali Martin.
- And finally, if you’re still able to click the link while you’re wearing that stupid giant foam hand, this piece by Richard Gillis, for SportsPro, on passion for sport should be an industry set text.