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Former Jockey Club chairman Simon Bazalgette describes how the Covid-19 pandemic has forced him to adapt plans for a new consultancy business and how there will be an even greater need for right-holders to control operational costs when sport resumes. Ben Cronin reports.

One of the most tradition-bound of US sports is facing unprecedented change in the wake of outdated facilities, emerging technology, and the accelerated need to find new and younger fans.

Drop in advertising against football unlikely to impact media-rights income Value of shirt and LED inventory could increase Exemption likely to drive horse racing media-rights revenue

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.

Delia Bushell has stepped down as chief executive of The Jockey Club amid a string of allegations relating to the bullying of staff and the use of racist language were upheld by an independent inquiry

Global Venue Services (GVS), the new advisory and investment company founded by former Jockey Club chairman Simon Bazalgette and its former chief executive Paul Fisher, has launched its first operating…

Banking and wealth management brand Investec has bowed out of its title deal with The Epsom Derby horse racing classic and the two-day Derby Festival with six years still to go on the contract

Former Jockey Club chairman Simon Bazalgette and its former chief executive Paul Fisher have launched a new advisory, investment and services business for the sports, leisure, media and entertainment sectors

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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.

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 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.

Organisers of next month’s Grand National horse racing festival tell Elisha Chauhan why they hope to turn it into an Olympic-style, seven-day extravaganza.