‘We want clean sport’: Digging deeper on a year of scandal with Global Sports Investigations

‘We want clean sport’: Digging deeper on a year of scandal with Global Sports Investigations

A year of scandal and introspection saw The Sports Consultancy and Quest form Global Sports Investigations, a new organisation dedicated to creating robust independent inquiries in sport. SportsPro spoke to the leading figures behind it to discover why they believe the idea has transformative potential.

01 March 2018 | By Eoin Connolly

Leaders in Motorsport: Alejandro Agag on Formula E’s path to the podium

Leaders in Motorsport: Alejandro Agag on Formula E’s path to the podium

When Alejandro Agag launched the inaugural season of the world’s first all-electric motorsport series in 2014, there was no shortage of doubters. Just four years later, Formula E has already staged more than 35 races across five continents, boasts a host of blue-chip backers, and is positioning itself to overtake its rivals as motorsport’s leading championship.

02 February 2018 | By Sam Carp

Electrified: Alejandro Agag on Formula E’s path to the podium

Electrified: Alejandro Agag on Formula E’s path to the podium

When Alejandro Agag launched the inaugural season of the world’s first all-electric motorsport series in 2014, there was no shortage of doubters. Just four years later, Formula E has already staged more than 35 races across five continents, boasts a host of blue-chip backers, and is positioning itself to overtake its rivals as motorsport’s leading championship.

02 February 2018 | By Sam Carp

Running the right lines: How Scottish Rugby found its way back

Running the right lines: How Scottish Rugby found its way back

In 2011, Scotland’s national rugby union team was reeling after being dumped out of the Rugby World Cup in the pool stages. Now, Scottish Rugby has recorded UK£50 million in turnover for the first time, and the national governing body boasts a young and exciting playing side who are motoring towards this year’s Six Nations Championship and the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

01 February 2018 | By Sam Carp

The ten influencers 2018: Why these figures will define the year ahead

The ten influencers 2018: Why these figures will define the year ahead

Ahead of what could be another 12 months of unprecedented disruption, SportsPro profiles ten figures whose work will direct the conversation and the action in the sports industry year.

17 January 2018 | By Sam Carp

The place to be: How BC Place became the sporting heart of Vancouver

The place to be: How BC Place became the sporting heart of Vancouver

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, BC Place Stadium has developed a reputation as one of Canada’s premier sports and entertainment venues. With two resident professional teams and the capacity to stage a diverse array of live events, it is a facility that punches well above its weight thanks to the ambition and agility of its operators.

10 January 2018 | By Michael Long

A view of tomorrow: technology and the venue experience

A view of tomorrow: technology and the venue experience

In a world of burgeoning technological development, with high-speed internet access driving digital consumption and OTT platforms making it possible to watch sport when and where the need arises, creating a rich enough experience for the fan at an event is increasingly a challenge. But as the old adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and so venues are turning to technology themselves in order to develop the matchday of the future and keep live sport in the game.

08 January 2018 | By Elena Holmes

Elegance in equine form

Elegance in equine form

Equestrian dressage brings rider and horse together in perfect artistic unison, attracts a global audience of 393 million and has been a stalwart event at the Summer Olympic Games since 1912. Now, the International Equestrian Federation is seeking to build out the commercial offering for a discipline it sees as the peak of horse training.

04 January 2018 | By George Dudley

Rounding bases: BAMTECH’s European venture

Rounding bases: BAMTECH’s European venture

From its origins as part of Major League Baseball’s digital unit, BAMTECH Media has risen to become one of the most influential companies in live streaming. Now, BAMTECH Europe is taking on new territories across the Atlantic.

03 January 2018 | By Eoin Connolly

Channelling spirit: The OTT Olympics

Channelling spirit: The OTT Olympics

One of the biggest media events of the new sporting year will come early. PyeongChang 2018 will see another advance in the operations of Olympic Broadcasting Services, and a Games-time debut for the Olympic Channel.

02 January 2018 | By Eoin Connolly

Giving it a Bash: Cricket Australia’s Kim McConnie on the biggest BBL so far

Giving it a Bash: Cricket Australia’s Kim McConnie on the biggest BBL so far

Australia is playing host to men’s and women’s Ashes series this summer, resuming an age-old rivalry with England, but at the heart of its cricket season are a pair of youthful events with a focus on the future. Kim McConnie, a new arrival from PepsiCo with big-time sports entertainment experience, is the new woman in charge of the Big Bash Leagues.

20 December 2017 | By Eoin Connolly

Down the line: The ATP Next Gen Finals and the future of men’s tennis

Down the line: The ATP Next Gen Finals and the future of men’s tennis

Men’s tennis has enjoyed one of its greatest ever decades but as time catches up with its superstars, the future is a present concern. The ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan gave a glimpse of what may be to come, on and off the court.

19 December 2017 | By Eoin Connolly

2017 in review: 25 stories that shaped the sporting year

2017 in review: 25 stories that shaped the sporting year

After another eventful 12 months in the sports industry, SportsPro writers reflect on 25 tales of disruption, corruption and upheaval that made 2017 a year to remember.

18 December 2017 | By Michael Long

From the vault: Yiannis Exarchos on establishing the Olympic Channel

From the vault: Yiannis Exarchos on establishing the Olympic Channel

Ahead of his appearance at the SportsPro OTT Summit next week, revisit our interview from 2016 with Olympic Broadcasting Services chief executive Yiannis Exarchos, in which he discusses how the Olympic Channel came into being.

21 November 2017 | By Adam Nelson

Against the ropes: going behind the scenes with Fighting Spirit

Against the ropes: going behind the scenes with Fighting Spirit

Founded in 2004, Fighting Spirit has promoted a range of boxing, kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai and wrestling events around the world. SportsPro made the trip to Antwerp, Belgium for the latest instalment of Enfusion, the company’s kickboxing property, to find out how Fighting Spirit’s promotions have built a loyal fanbase, and to learn more about its plans to expand into new markets.

13 November 2017 | By Sam Carp

A hand on the future: Behind the scenes at the VELUX EHF FINAL4

A hand on the future: Behind the scenes at the VELUX EHF FINAL4

The VELUX EHF FINAL4 is the climax of the European Handball Federation’s signature club tournament, the EHF Champions League, and since 2010 has become a compelling showcase for a sport whose popularity can be underestimated. The 2017 edition at Cologne’s LANXESS arena heralded an era of further growth and change to come.

31 October 2017 | By Adam Nelson