Esports has entranced many within the traditional sports industry and is a fast-moving, fast-growing category in its own right.Now, Texas-based Infinite Esports is among a handful of groups looking to establish a presence across the competitive video games sector, with teams playing in a broad range of leagues and titles, new initiatives launched as far away as India and a permanent sports venue in the works back in Arlington.Chris Chaney, the group's founder, president and owner, and strategic partnerships director Joe Hills join SportsPro editor-at-large Eoin Connolly to discuss all of that, as well as a first season for the Houston Outlaws in the franchise-based Overwatch League, which has attracted considerable investment from within the sporting mainstream. They also discuss finding the right gaming content for the right partners, the role of players and their existing audiences, making sense of the Fortnite phenomenon, working with publishers and understanding what titles will be a hit.
With the great and the good of the world game having assembled at Manchester Central, SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly gets the thoughts of deputy and digital editor Adam Nelson and of Matt Slater, the Press Association chief sports reporter, on the Soccerex Global Convention. They share their reflections on a busy three days, from La Liga president Javier Tebas' provocative comments on Neymar, PSG and FFP, to England rugby union coach Eddie Jones' stand-up act, the broadcast questions on soccer's horizon and more.
With Liberty Media entering the final straight of its first season in charge of Formula One, broadcaster and journalist Will Buxton, driver turned consultant Karun Chandhok and driver turned Audi motorsport director Allan McNish join mechanic turned TV presenter Marc Priestley to discuss the state of racing's premier series at the Black Book Motorsport Forum. Plus, there's the latest on a new SportsPro event for the broadcast industry.
With a new soccer season dawning in Europe and the Premier League celebrating its 25th anniversary, Eoin Connolly heads to Cafe Kick in London's Exmouth Market with MediaCom global VP of sports and entertainment Misha Sher and James Kirkham, head of leading digital fan platform Copa90. On the agenda: changes in how we watch the world's game, the changing nature of fandom and matchdays, and the rise of player profiles in the wake of Neymar's €222 million move from Barcelona to PSG.
As London hosts perhaps the year's most significant global event, the World Athletics Championships, Press Association chief sports reporter Matt Slater joins SportsPro's Eoin Connolly and Adam Nelson to talk doping, the embattled IAAF, life after Bolt and revitalising an accessible but fading sport. And with Asics stepping in for its first major championships since replacing Adidas as a major IAAF partner, its EMEA chief executive Alistair Cameron explains how that sponsorship will help build its running and lifestyle brands.
As Paris and Los Angeles, the two cities that will host the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games, spend Olympic Day vying for their preferred summer slots, SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly and deputy editor Adam Nelson reflect on that race and on the IOC swapping burgers for chips - as McDonald's steps out of the TOP programme to be replaced by Intel. Balázs Fürjes, the head of the withdrawn Budapest Olympic campaign, also shares his thoughts on the future of Olympic bidding and of the Hungarian capital as a sporting city.
SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly and deputy editor Adam Nelson return from the Danish city of Aarhus, the European capital of culture and venue for the SportAccord Convention 2017, to reflect on the comings and goings at the biggest event in the federation year. With the 2024 Olympic race in the background for now, discussions centre on evolving hosting strategies, the rebirth of GAISF, ice dragon boat racing and more. Debbie Jevans - with musical accompaniment - and Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg also pitch in.
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.
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.
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?'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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?