Issue 100: SportsPro’s 10 Moments

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 moments.

Issue 100: SportsPro’s 10 Moments

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

71. The Beijing 2008 Olympic opening ceremony 

A hyperchoreographed display of Chinese wealth and soft power.

What was said...

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games served as a spectacular statement of intent from a nation whose influence would only grow in the decade ahead

SportsPro, 2018


72. Pat Hickey arrested

The Irish Olympic official exposed, figuratively and literally, on his arrest for his role in a Rio 2016 ticketing ring.

What was said...

Hickey, who denies all allegations against him, was released two weeks after his arrest but has been confined to Brazil after his passport was retained

ANOC confirms 'humanitarian' Hickey bail loan, SportsPro, 2016


73. Russia and Qatar win 2018 and 2022 World Cups

Fifa shocks everyone, and sets the downfall of its leaders in motion, by awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar in December 2010.

What was said...

Within weeks of Russia’s triumph, allegations of vote-buying during the 2018 and 2022 bidding processes resurfaced. Rival bidders and disgruntled European officials claimed in interviews with the press that certain Fifa executive committee members had requested bribes in return for their support

Russian goals: The troubling backstory behind the World Cup’s most controversial host, SportsPro, 2018


74. Jessica Ennis' 'Super Saturday'

The face of London’s Olympics brilliantly helms the hosts’ ‘Super Saturday’ with heptathlon gold in 2012.

What was said...

For London 2012, it seems that Jessica Ennis will follow Cathy Freeman in 2000 and Liu Xiang in 2008: no gold medal would delight British fans more than one for the presentable presumptive frontrunner in the heptathlon

It seems were right in naming Ennis the world's 12th most marketable athlete, SportsPro, 2011


75. Colin Kaepernick kneels for national anthem

The San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick takes a knee and starts a movement in 2016. 

What was said...

What started in 2016 as one athlete’s stand against police brutality and racial inequality quickly grew into an entire movement, one that spread from the NFL to other sports and became one of the year’s most contentious and talked-about political issues

SportsPro, 2017 in review, 2017


76. Fifa officials raided by Swiss police

Fifa officials get a rude awakening as Swiss authorities arrive for morning raids and arrests in May 2015.

What was said...

Blatter has put out a statement saying now is the time to start rebuilding the trust in Fifa – there is no way of re-building trust in Fifa while Sepp Blatter is still there. Sepp Blatter has to go

Greg Dyke, former FA chairman, Fifa in chaos, 2015


77. Tiger Woods 2009 car crash

Golf megastar crashes his car in November 2009, and a legend begins to unravel.

What was said...

Tag Heuer, dropped Woods after the reports surfaced in November that year, while other brands, including AT&T, Gatorade, Gillette and Accenture also ended their multi-million dollar contracts with the former world number one

SportsPro, plenty of time left for Tiger, 2011


78. Leicester City shocks soccer world

Leicester City, the 5,000-1 outsiders, canter to the Premier League title in 2016.

What was said...

The Foxes are now a global brand, playing matches around the world, supported by fans on every continent

Phil Couchman, chief executive of DHL Express UK & Ireland, SportsPro, 2016


79. Marius Vizer attacks International Olympic Committee (IOC)

SportAccord president blows a fuse in April 2015 and the federation circuits are rewired.

What was said...

Vizer vs Bach has transformed what threatened the most humdrum SportAccord in years into an event that could have momentous repercussions for the sports industry as we know it

Mad Marius or Vizer the Bold?, SportsPro, 2015


80. Heavyweight boxing returns to Wembley Stadium

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko bring the pastime back to life at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.

What was said...

I thought he wouldn’t get up. He managed to get up. Respect

Heavyweights: Behind the scenes at Joshua v Klitschko, SportsPro, 2017