Issue 100: SportsPro’s 10 Milestones

SportsPro has now been in print for ten years and 100 issues. To commemorate that landmark we’ve created the SportsPro 100, an in no way comprehensive list of things that have coloured our history. As we continue our count to 100, here are our ten-era-defining milestones.

Issue 100: SportsPro’s 10 Milestones

As we continue our 100th issue celebration here is an in no way comprehensive list of the milestones that have coloured our history. 

61. Flexible Olympic hosting models

2020 Olympic Agenda called for more flexible hosting situations.

What was said...

You’ve got to evolve and if you need a broad portfolio of venues, it doesn’t all have to be in a single city if somebody’s got a scenario where it can be spread over two or three

Michael Payne, former IOC marketing director, Passing on the torch, SportsPro, 2017

62. Legalised sports betting in the US 

The Supreme Court’s decision to hand sports betting laws over to US states opens up a huge market.

What was said...

It brings a multibillion dollar industry out of the shadows and into the sunlight, where its integrity can be guaranteed and consumers can be better protected. I believe today’s decision will change the face of sports fandom for the better

Ted Leonsis, founder of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, SportsPro, 2018

63. Opportunity for para-athletes

The 2018 Commonwealth Games gave para-athletes a stage alongside able-bodied competitors.

What was said...

We’ve increased the number of events and medals for the para-sport part of our Games, and again the para athletes are fully integrated into the Games and the medal ceremonies

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin, SportsPro 2018


64. Olympic double deal

LA and Paris secured the short-term future of the Summer Olympics with a unique double deal for 2024 and 2028.

What was said...

The long-rumoured confirmation that LA will get the 2028 Olympics in exchange for stepping aside and letting the French capital take 2024 is undoubtedly a sweet deal for all involved

SportsPro, Americas Bulletin, 2017

65. Women's Cricket World Cup

England beat India at a sold-out Lord’s in the final, underlining the remarkable progress of the female game.

What was said...

Thousands and thousands of people were just standing still, taking it all in, and that will stay with me for a long time. 

Head of England women's cricket Clare Connor, SportsPro, 2017

66. Las Vegas Golden Knights' historic inagural season. 

The team made the Stanley Cup Finals in their first National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2017/18, and the city has the NFL’s Raiders on their way.

What was said...

Las Vegas, where the city’s new NHL franchise, the Golden Knights, struck their first sponsorship deal ahead of their inaugural season and the UFC became an anchor tenant of the T-Mobile Arena, joining the nascent ice hockey team at the newly opened venue. The same month, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders confirmed their proposed relocation to Sin City

SportsPro, 2017 in review, 2017

67. La Liga new TV deal 

Spanish soccer’s La Liga shifted to a collective TV rights model in 2017.

What was said...

Under the new collective model, TV rights to La Liga are expected to fetch well over €1 billion, with the league’s domestic rights accounting for around €690 million

SportsPro, Spain's centralised TV model, 2015

68. South African World Cup

South Africa hosted the continent’s first Fifa World Cup in 2010.

What was said...

With every goal South Africa scored on the soccer field during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, its reputation was further established as an extremely capable host of large-scale international events

SportsPro, The future of the South African sports, 2011

69. NFL London and Mexico games

The NFL International Series has taken games to London and Mexico City and made an overseas franchise a possibility.

What was said...

The first two NFL Mexico Games have provided great economic benefits to Mexico City and the wider country, especially for the tourism sector

SportsPro, NFL, 2017

70. Future hosts Japan upset South Africa in 2015 Rugby World Cup

2019 Rugby World Cup hosts beat South Africa.

What was said...

Public interest in the sport has grown in Japan since they sprung a 34-32 surprise against South Africa at the 2015 World Cup but successfully hosting rugby union’s biggest showcase will add a different pressure completely

SportsPro, Running the right lines, 2018.