Abu Dhabi will take centre stage as two of the world’s top football competitions, the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017-2018 and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, come to town. Alexis Dijksterhuis of Abu Dhabi-based ticketing and events company FLASH Entertainment is relishing the prospect.

The judges have convened and the votes are in for the 2017 SportBusiness Executive of the Year Awards. Ben Cronin and Robin Jellis report on the executives who have taken the industry by storm in 2017, with numbers 20-11 listed here...

Kevin Roberts believes that video technology is now a necessity in professional football, but argues that players must adapt their behaviour to ensure it is a success. 

Why the planned merger of IMG College and Learfield looks like the right deal at the right time for US collegiate sport. Kevin Roberts reports.

Frank Dunne reveals the inside story of IMG's triumphant bid for Serie A international rights and how the agency now plans to monetise its property.

Liam Thompson, gaming and influencer executive with brand agency Cake, picks out the most interesting recent stories from the esports sector.

Co-hosting major events has become increasingly common. Why has the landscape changed in international sport and what are the complications, as well as the opportunities, associated with such an approach?

The number of people watching NFL games in stadiums and on television has fallen significantly over the last few years. Richard Clarke assesses whether empty seats and poor ratings are signs of a permanent decline.

Zhao Jun, chief executive of CSM, wants to renegotiate her company's 8-billion- yuan deal for Chinese Super League rights after  the league imposed restrictions on the transfer of foreign players. Ben Cronin spoke to the ‘8-billion-dollar sister’ at the recent Sportel media convention.


Television networks can't get enough of reality programmes that follow the everyday lives of sports stars. Barry Wilner finds out how the USOC and NFL are using the content to generate interest in their live events.

Coca-Cola's decision to feature a fictional character from EA Sports' Fifa 18 in its marketing campaign for the 2018 World Cup shows how the console game has become a star in its own right, says Richard Clarke.