SportBusiness Staff

Richard Clarke rounds-up some of the ways in which digital, social media and technology impacted the NFL during the 2018 season.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: AFC tenders commercial rights; China sends record numbers to Winter Olympics; and Alibaba starts activating Olympic sponsorship

The repercussions of match-fixing scandals for sports are seen as largely reputational. But, asks Kevin Carpenter, Special Counsel, Sports Integrity at Genius Sports, what are the commercial impacts of match-fixing and what are the latest measures rights holders can adopt to safeguard their competitions?

In this issue we cover the following: WINTER OLYMPICS – a commercial preview of Pyeongchang 2018 RULE 40 – how the IOC's control over athlete sponsorships is weakening GIANN

In this week's China sports industry round-up: CSL extends media rights deal with CSM; Sina partners with Mediapro to promote 3x3; and NBA plans month-long Chinese New Year celebration.

Kevin Brilliant, the Chicago Bulls’ senior manager of business strategy & analytics and a behavioral scientist, explains the psychology behind an effective loyalty card marketing campaign.

In this week's US sports industry round-up: NBA wants legalized sports gambling; Fox favourites for Thursday Night Football; and all still to play for in US Soccer presidential race

Liam Thompson, gaming and influencer executive with Havas Sports & Entertainment Cake, picks out the most interesting recent stories from the esports sector.

Is the sports industry ready to go paperless with its ticketing? We look at the issues holding back the technology and speak to rights-holders who’ve gone paperless to find out about their experiences.

After previous host selection processes were blighted by controversy, Kevin Roberts argues that Fifa needs a strong bid from Morocco to create a competitive race for the 2026 World Cup.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: WTA Finals will move to Shenzhen; China Open becomes second £1m snooker event; and more details about Wanda's IPO.

Over 12 years as head of global sponsorship at HSBC, Giles Morgan became a power-broker of the sponsorship world. He talks to Kevin Roberts about what he learned and how the sponsorship ecosystem is changing.

“I believe in co-hosting,” said Fifa president Gianni Infantino as part of a wide-ranging closing address and interview at the 12th Globe Soccer conference and awards in Dubai.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: North Korea's Pyeongchang involvement inches closer; referendum could create ‘Team Taiwan’ at next Olympics ; and state claims sport industry generated RMB 1.9tn in 2016.

Four years is a lifetime in social media, notes Richard Clarke, and the “greatest show on earth” is an opportunity to demonstrate the state of the art, and then attempt to nudge it a little further.

In this week's China sports industry round-up: Wanda considers sport asset flotation in HK; China plays central role in North-South Korea Olympic talks; and Football Finance 100 overestimates Chinese clubs.

Autocrats and populists have always sought to exploit the profile of ‘mega events’, says Tim Crow. But sport tends to resist.

We asked experts from across the sports industry to discuss their expectations and predictions for 2018 in terms of digital, social media and esports. As it turned out, even their terminology smacked of straightforward urgency. This was a "disruption" and "pivot"-free zone. Pure and simple, "change" is upon us.

Clubs are increasingly using premium fan experiences to maximise their revenue streams and offset the costs of expensive new stadia.

Sports teams and rights-holders are today presented with a panoply of funding mechanisms to help raise money: issuing of mini-bonds, shares and other crowdfunding initiatives; financing against commercial rights; and insurance-backed loans are all competing against the high-street banks.