One of the biggest and most complex media events in sport will take place just 40 days into the new year, as the talking stops and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics begin in 2018.
The Games will mark another step forward in the delivery and consumption of sport as a broadcast offering and will be the first in the life of the Olympic Channel, the IOC's youth-targeted digital OTT service. Speaking at the inaugural SportsPro OTT Summit, hosted with the support of the Olympic Channel, its general manager Mark Parkman and Olympic Broadcasting Services chief executive Yiannis Exarchos discuss plans for PyeongChang and beyond. Meanwhile, BAMTECH Europe managing director Bill Martens talks about the streaming specialist's as it prepares to provide the backbone for Eurosport's digitally focused Olympic project in 50 territories.
Elsewhere in issue 97
- It's been another year of dramatic change in the sports industry and innovations and behavioural development have changed the business landscape, while revelations of corruption and impropriety continue to shake the global community to its core. Our writers reflect on 25 of the stories that shaped 2017.
- Technology has broken apart viewing norms for sport and now it is changing the matchday experience. SportsPro looks inside new venues for Tottenham Hotspur, the Golden State Warriors, the Atlanta Falcons and the Milwaukee Bucks, and finds out how BC Place has moved to the heart of Canadian sports and entertainment culture.
- Men's tennis has been enjoying a golden age but as its superstars near the end of their careers, and as the tastes of younger audiences change, thoughts are turning to how the sport will look in the future. Eoin Connolly travels to the first ever ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan and talks to ATP executive chairman Chris Kermode to find out more.
- Cricket Australia's Big Bash League has flourished in recent years as a hotbed of high-quality T20 franchise competition and a beacon for families and new fans of the sport. Kim McConnie, newly arrived from PepsiCo to head up the men's and women's competitions, reveals her plans to further its progress and make lifelong followers of recent converts.
- There's also a look at China and the rising centres of global investment to watch next year, a commercial profile of dressage and the new upstart in the world of sports IT provision.
Issue 97 is the final SportsPro of 2017 and is available now.