The Jockey Club
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.
Simon Bazalgette is group CEO of The Jockey Club. Here he asks whether a collegiate or dictatorial approach works best in matters of governance and regulation.
The Numbers Game: Big Data and the Business of Sport | Big data strategy – Case study 1: Horseracing becomes a data-driven sport
In 2015, British horseracing set out to become a data-driven sport to achieve its ambition of growing attendances from six million to seven million by 2020.
The Numbers Game: Big Data and the Business of Sport | Big data strategy – Case study 2: Using data to build loyalty
In 2013, racecourse operator The Jockey Club launched the first retail bond in UK sport as a means of funding a major redevelopment of Cheltenham.
The Numbers Game: Big Data and the Business of Sport | Privacy and data acquisition – Case Study 9: The Jockey Club – rewarding racegoers
The most popular incentive for information sharing identified by the CAB was the loyalty scheme, a method that has been helping UK horseracing venue operator Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) understand more about their customers since 2011.
The media glare burns brightest in the 24 hours after a scandal breaks, and the wrong word at the wrong time can lead to heads rolling at the highest positions. The protectors-in-chief are the in-house communications team. They can usually be found sitting just off the shoulder of a disgraced leader – or in the case of Fifa president Sepp Blatter – out on the front-line to take the bullets from the press pack looking for an exclusive line. Any aspiring communications specialist has to be prepared for the day when the news breaks on their doorstep.
With investment from traditional financial institutions still difficult to secure for sports properties looking to develop their facilities, sports fans are stepping forward to help fund projects. Elisha Chauhan finds out how and why.
Having spent four years centralising back-end operations for its 15 racecourses, the Jockey Club has launched a new arm offering money-saving consultancy and services for fellow sports organisations. Matt Cutler reports.