This week’s sports industry reading list

Now that Tom Brady/Lady Gaga have sorted out the Super Bowl, the way’s clear for the main event of the week: this sports industry reading list. Regular visitors to this part of the internet will know that below is my pick of the best and most interesting/useful/mission critical writing about the global business of sport, carefully collated over the past few days. As usual you’ll find a combination of interviews, analysis, opinion pieces, longer-form features and profiles. Intro completed, let’s get going. To business:

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • The best Super Bowl ever was preceded by the usual week of hype, parties, celebrity appearances, fan experiences, business seminars and no little glad-handing in the host city, Houston. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual pre-game press conference always provides plenty of talking points and this recap from last week by The Score’s Michael McClymont, is especially handy for those of us an ocean away from the day-to-day business and politics of the league.
  • SportsPro’s Michael Long went to Manila to see the success of ONE Championship, the Asian mixed martial arts property, for himself. What’s not to like? (Note: this piece also includes the best description of one man breaking another’s nose you’re likely to read all week.)

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This week’s sports industry reading list

In a week of new logos (this one and this one), it’s time for something that has quickly become a magnificent weekly tradition: the sports industry reading list, where I select the best sports business stories, profiles, columns, think-pieces and long-form features from the past week. You know what to do next. Scroll down, sit back and bathe in great writing on interesting topics. To business:

This week’s sports industry must-reads:

  • It was the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Spoiler alert: do not read on if you’ve recorded the game and don’t want to know who won). The Denver Broncos won. And another NFL season finished with all the razzmatazz we’ve come to expect from a league which thrives on hype. Written before the game and something I should have included last week was this terrific profile of the NFL, its commissioner and its owners – AKA ‘the Membership’ – by the New York Times’ Mark Leibovich.
  • There was an important milestone in PyeongChang’s preparations for the 2018 winter Olympic Games this week, with the first major test event – a men’s downhill World Cup race at the newly-constructed Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Alan Abrahamson was there and posted his authoritative verdict on his 3 Wire Sports blog.
  • And finally, a superbly detailed long read (superbly presented, too) by Milton C. Toby for Blood Horse about the disappearance of the legendary Shergar and the impact the mystery had on the Irish racing industry.

Thanks for reading and do return for the next instalment next week. Feedback welcome via davidcushnan@gmail.com and on Twitter: @DavidCushnan

This week’s sports industry reading list

It’s time for my latest pick of the best writing on the global business of sport – the profiles, features, columns and interviews that have caught my eye over the past few days. Welcome along – and don’t forget to share widely with your friends and colleagues; there’s something for everyone here (assuming, of course, you’re interested in what’s happening across the global sports industry). To business, then, and this week’s bumper selection of great sports business pieces:

This week’s sports industry must-reads

  • There’s been a great deal of talk recently of the growing power of Europe’s major football clubs amid the current power vacuum at Fifa and Uefa. Oliver Kay picked up the topic for his always-readable Saturday Times column this week; it’s a strong piece (nestled behind the paywall) on the slightly chilling prospect of a future European league closed to all but the elite teams.
  • Renowned US team owner Roger Penske is celebrating his 50th year in motorsport and Automobile Magazine produced this terrific retrospective on the career of a hugely successful businessman, who’s also won just about all there is to win in Indycar and Nascar.
  • This is a really excellent Sheffield Star interview, conducted by Sam Fletcher, with World Snooker’s commercial director Miles Pearce on the sport’s rise in China and the possibility of the World Championships one day relocated from its current home at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
  • Reem Abulleil, covering the Australian Open for the UAE-based Sport360 newspaper, spoke to the tournament director Craig Tilley to get the lowdown on the commercial success of the first Grand Slam of the tennis year and an insight into Tennis Australia’s marketing strategy.

That’ll do it for this week. Do let me know if the reading lists are proving useful/interesting/a handy distraction, either via davidcushnan@gmail.com or on Twitter, where you’ll find me @DavidCushnan. Let’s reconvene here in a few days time.