SportBusiness Staff

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.

Dermot Ledwith speaks to Fernando Fariza at Atlético Madrid about the club’s recent move across the city to the Wanda Metropolitano.

After authorities finally gave the green light to the redevelopment of Roland-Garros - following years of false starts - SportBusiness International examines the plan to add breathing space to the cluttered venue.

A summary of UK viewing audiences in football, rugby, golf, tennis, horse racing, athletics, Formula 1, cricket, snooker, darts, boxing and cycling in 2017. Watching Brief Vol. 191

As campaigning begins on 5th December for regional elections in Catalonia that will shape Spain and affect the whole of Europe, Dominic Bliss looks at how independence for the region would impact on the Spanish sports economy.