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The summer of sport - soccer, Wimbledon, the Tour de France and F1 - and Brexit Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
As Europe enjoys a packed, if slightly damp, summer of sport, Kevin Roberts of the Roberts Network joins SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly and senior writer Adam Nelson to wrap up Uefa Euro 2016, and discuss what Wimbledon and the Tour de France are doing right and what Formula One needs to do better. And with British politics still living through interesting times, there's talk of what the UK's decision to leave the European Union could mean for the sports industry.
Uefa Euro 2016 preview, Copa America Centenario and Muhammad Ali Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
As Uefa Euro 2016 kicks off in France, SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly calls on Unofficial Partner and author Richard Gillis and Prism head of football Tyson Henly for a podcast preview. Meanwhile, Americas editor Michael Long checks back in to talk about the continental soccer happening on the other side of the Atlantic, the Copa America Centenario, and there are reflections on the contribution and significance of the late, great Muhammad Ali.
The World's 50 Most Marketable Athletes Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
It's the list that everyone - or some people, at least - has been talking about: SportsPro's annual rankings of the world's 50 most marketable athletes. SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly and senior writer Adam Nelson are joined by David Cushnan, the Repucom global communications manager and veteran of lists past, and Pitch founder and chief executive Henry Chappell, to reflect on and object to the ups, downs, new entries and departures. Chappell also discusses Pitch and Betfair's 'Switching Saddles' campaign, which took Olympic cycling heroine Victoria Pendleton to Cheltenham, while there are special appearances from Indian cricket megastar Virat Kohli and Octagon's Jeff Austin, agent of Stephen Curry.
Fiba's Patrick Baumann sets out his SportAccord stall and the 2024 bidders make their pitches Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
In the second SportsPro podcast installment from the 2016 SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, SportsPro editorial director James Emmett tracks down Fiba general secretary Patrick Baumann, furiously lobbying across the convention floor, to talk about his vision for SportAccord should he be elected as the new president on Friday 22nd April. Having discussed the merits of the Roman bid for the 2024 Olympics with Luca di Montezemolo in the previous podcast, LA 2024 vice-chair Janet Evans, Budapest 2024 chief operating officer László Vajda, and Paris 2024 co-chair Tony Estanguet set out their plans for wooing the IOC membership ahead of the vote in Lima next year.
Di Montezemolo on Ecclestone vs Bach; Cookson on technological fraud; Cushnan Nally, MacKay and more Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
On location at the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, SportsPro editorial director James Emmett sits down with industry vets Patrick Nally and David Cushnan to suss out the atmosphere at one of the most important sports conferences of the year. The whole Olympic movement is in town, including Rome 2024 president Luca di Montezemolo. The former Ferrari chief took time out from pressing the flesh to talk Rome's chances of winning the right to host the 2024 Games, Bernie Ecclestone and Thomas Bach and their respective leadership styles, and why Formula One needs drastic change. Brian Cookson, president of the UCI, stopped by for a chat about disc brakes, Rio preparations and the rumours indicating ASO might take their Tour de France and run off with it; and Duncan MacKay, editor of Insidethegames.biz, put this year's edition of SportAccord in context and looked ahead to what the future might hold for the entity.
The Masters, where only the bananas aren't branded - and SportAccord, what is it good for? Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly is joined by two Steves and a Richard (Martin, CEO of M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, Wilson, European Sports Editor at the Associated Press, and Gillis, now referring to himself as a partner at Unofficial Partner). The foursome marvel at the bumper weekend of sport just gone, delve into the Masters - is it only so great because everything is limited, the TV coverage, the sponsorship, and the on-course mobile phone usage? - take a long, hard look at athlete marketability and identify that, really, winning is boring, and look ahead to the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne and ask questions such as,'who is involved now?' 'who will be president post-Marius Vizer?' 'what is SportAccord for?' and 'what is the point of it all anyway?'
West Indies cricket and SportsPro Live; hard-hitting and a lot of fun Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
The SportsPro Podcast is back from a brief hiatus as editorial director James Emmett and editor Eoin Connolly introduce an episode featuring Damien O'Donohoe, CEO of the Caribbean Premier League, who talks through the West Indies' breath-taking success at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India, and a session on scandal from SportsPro Live last month. Ashling O'Connor asks her panelists, Steve Wilson of the AP, Owen Gibson of the Guardian, and Richard Conway of the BBC, is sport rotten to the core? Together, they trace the roots of sporting corruption back to the 1920s, via the Salt Lake City scandal and Horst Dassler's activities in the 1970s, and look ahead to what the future holds for embattled federations such as Fifa and the IAAF.
John Amaechi, Rob Harris and Richard Gillis special: why sport loves to lie to people Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett is joined by the man behind the Unofficial Partner blog, Richard Gillis, AP sports reporter Rob Harris, and psychologist, author and former NBA player John Amaechi. The quartet serve up the usual heady cocktail of scandal and strife; Harris receives two emails - LIVE! - one from banned Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke's lawyer, and the other from the organisers of the London 2017 world athletics championships, which recently accepted the resignation of its managing director, Sally Bolton. Amaechi and Harris clash on the efficacy and validity of internal ethics bodies; Gillis reveals his love/hate relationship with 'new logo stories'; and Amaechi sparks a discussion on the dumbing down and whittling away of traditional media by calling basketball fans in the UK stupid. It's a good one.
The Super Bowl, the Olympic Channel, and Thomas Bach's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' tour of USA Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly gathers together his friends and colleagues - David Cushnan from Repucom, and Michael Long and Adam Nelson from SportsPro - to chat Super Bowl, the Olympic Channel, Thomas Bach's fact-finding mission to the US, and more. We hear from Olympic broadcasting supremo Yiannis Exarchos, ask whether the Drone Racing League will take off, peak inside the Premier League's international broadcasting model, and have a rare word of support for Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.
The secret behind Sepp's 'Nelly' plaster revealed Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett is joined by SportsPro columnist, the chief sports reporter for the Press Association Martyn Ziegler, and chief executive of the Synergy sponsorship agency Tim Crow. Speaking before news emerged that Adidas is set to end its sponsorship deal with the IAAF early, the trio discuss the beleaguered athletics' body's options, highlight the Dentsu marketing agreement as one to drop by both sides, and question the advice that IAAF president Sebastian Coe seems to be receiving. Martyn reveals the real reason behind that Sepp Blatter plaster and puts his cards on the table for the Fifa presidential election. Meanwhile, James and Tim discuss the appointment of Kasper Rorsted - a man with a touch of the Jurgen Klopps about him - as the next chief executive of Adidas. Oh, and tennis doesn't get off the hook either.
Dry January: Influencers, VR, Steve Simon and the blogheads Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
The SportsPro crew return to action for 2016, sober but tanked up on knowledge about the year ahead. Editorial director James Emmett grills editor Eoin Connolly, digital editor Michael Long, and staff writer Adam Nelson on their picks of the personalities and technology trends to watch in the sports industry across 2016. New WTA chief executive Steve Simon delivers his first interview since taking over from Stacey Allaster to SportsPro; and we hear the disembodied voices of top bloggers The Swiss Ramble, JoeBlogsF1, and Arseblog.
SportsPro's bumper festive podcast: Gillis, Cushnan, Connolly, Cutler, and Bowers reined up to Santa's sleigh Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
In a special festive edition recorded at the party before the SportsPro Christmas party, SportsPro editorial director James Emmett serves up fat festive slices of Eoin Connolly, SportsPro's current editor, David Cushnan, SportsPro's former editor, Matt Cutler and Richard Gillis, both formerly of SportBusiness International, and Scott Bowers, group communications director at the Jockey Club. On the show, we assess the year gone by and look forward to another cracker. In detail: Discovery, Eurosport and the Olympic Channel; fence-sitting with the 2024 Olympics; Scott Bowers' close encounters with Brett Gosper's hair products; Richard Gillis in a Guinness factory; how women might be rugby's way in to the US; how Ireland might be cricket's way in to the US; why the Unofficial50 is a grassroots movement worth keeping an eye on; and Fifa, governing bodies in general, and the thin line between corruption and canny strategic thinking. HAPPY HOLIDAYS and apologies for the background noise.
The Davis Cup needs a spruce-up; 'iceman' John Collins moves on; and why Facebook would rather buy start-ups than sports rights Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
To celebrate the successful publication of YET ANOTHER edition of SportsPro magazine - issue number 83 - SportsPro editorial director James Emmett whisks his compadres Eoin Connolly and Michael Long off to the studio for a pint and a discussion, and checks in with Bruin Sports Capital founder George Pyne and his latest big name recruit John Collins. On the agenda: the Davis Cup vs the IPTL; On Location Experiences; Spielberg vs Jobs - equestrian style and why corrosive horse urine is an issue on long haul flights; Euroleague's 'Champions League moment', courtesy of IMG; and why Facebook would rather buy start-ups than sports rights.
SportsPro Podcast - A clean break: 'The IAAF should scrap all world records' Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett is joined by Unofficial Partner's Richard Gillis and Repucom's David Cushnan and together the trio spend almost an hour reading far too much in to far too little. On the agenda: the IAAF doping scandal and the governance and communications challenges ahead of Lord Coe; Formula One and its imminent (or not) sale; tech in the sports industry; and the host of the 2022 Ryder Cup REVEALED.
SportsPro Podcast - Issue 82 Preview Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett gathers together his key lieutenants - SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly, digital editor Michael Long, and staff writer Adam Nelson - to preview the latest edition of SportsPro magazine. On the agenda: Major League Baseball's thriving digital arm, MLBAM; the World Baseball Softball Confederation's (WBSC) latest stab at a top-level tournament for national teams, Premier 12; and the business of mass participation. We also hear from Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark on his efforts to sell a naming rights deal for the new Nassau Coliseum redevelopment, and cricket writer Dileep Premachandran, who looks back on the late Jagmohan Dalmiya's work as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Broadcast Edition Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett is joined by Repucom global communications manager David Cushnan and near enough the whole SportsPro gang - editor Eoin Connolly, digital editor Michael Long, and staff writer Adam Nelson. The excuse for the podcast: the publication of SportsPro issue 81, this year's sports broadcast special edition. The reality of the discussion: five or six of the hottest topics, ANALYSED. On the agenda: BT vs Sky, an evolving battle for hearts, minds and wallets; James Emmett's five-step guide to a successful Sportel; Andrea Radrizzani's new Eleven broadcast venture; what the heck is going on in China with LeTV; WME makes use of its new IMG sales capacity; and an exclusive interview with Lagardere Sports and Entertainment COO Andrew Georgiou on the consolidation and rebranding of the French-owned agency.
The Unofficial edition Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett and editor Eoin Connolly are joined by Unofficial Partner blogger and sponsorship sage Richard Gillis to discuss the hot topics from the Soccerex Global Convention, make some commercial predictions around the Rugby World Cup, and look ahead to The Brand Conference on 29th and 30th September at the Kia Oval in London.
The SportsPro Podcast - revived, refreshed, and opinionated. Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editorial director James Emmett and editor Eoin Connolly are joined by blast from the past David Cushnan, global commuications manager at Repucom, to preview the September edition of SportsPro magazine and trawl through the choppy seas of the international sports industry. On the agenda: The challenges that lie in store for new IAAF president Sebastian Coe (Lord); why World Rugby must and will cash in on the upcoming Rugby World Cup; Tottenham vs West Ham - stadium upgrade face-off, and are there too many top-level sports and entertainment venues in London? And finally, Olympics - the Beijing 2022 decision: the IOC between a rock and hardplace; and the race for 2024: we go ahead and name the winner.
Episode 3 Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editor-in-chief David Cushnan, magazine editor James Emmett and features editor Eoin Connolly discuss the stories that shaped 2013 across the global sports industry, from Olympic changes and Fifa and Qatar to the America's Cup and the UCI's presidential election.
Episode 2 - Sports industry conference season 2013 Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
SportsPro editor-in-chief David Cushnan and SportsPro magazine editor James Emmett reflect on a busy few weeks of sports industry conferences, including Leaders in Football, Sportel Monaco, UnitedCity and the Ivy Sports Symposium. They look back on BT Sports’ Uefa Champions League rights deal and look ahead to SportsPro Live, SportsPro’s own event which takes place on 13th March 2014 in London.
Episode 1 - Patrick Nally/Olympics Download (right click & "save target as / link as") Listen
Sports industry veteran Patrick Nally, one of the original shapers of the global sports sponsorship market, joins SportsPro editor-in-chief David Cushnan and SportsPro magazine editor James Emmett to discuss the key decisions to be taken by the IOC in September: Who will be the next IOC president? Which sport will make it onto the summer sports programme? And will it be Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo which wins the right to host the 2020 summer Games?