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Podcast | Saudi Arabia wants the 2030 World Cup and how Slate became the sport industry’s favourite startup

A catchup on the key industry news stories; plus, Slate co-founder Eric Slate lifts the lid on the startup's journey.

15 September 2022 SportsPro
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George Breare dials in from SportsPro APAC in Singapore for a quick catchup on the key industry news stories from the past week, namely the report that Saudi Arabia is to fund a three-nation bid to host the 2030 World Cup alongside Egypt and Greece.

News editor Tom Bassam explains some of the details of the report and weighs up its chances of success in the murky world of soccer geopolitics, while there is also time for a quick discussion on Cazoo’s impending exit from the sponsorship picture in continental Europe.

Then Breare speaks to Eric Stark, co-founder and president of social content startup Slate (14:38), about the company’s rise. Slate was named in SportsPro’s 2020 class of ‘ideas to invest in now’ and won the SportsInnovation Award at this year’s Ignition event in January. Stark lifts the lid on the company’s origins, its funding journey and plans for the future.

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