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.
He's bound for PyeongChang (and has been linked with a move elsewhere) but before heading to South Korea, Eurosport chief executive Peter Hutton was able to join SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly to discuss the channel's Olympic debut, the change in culture wrought by Discovery, and the digital future of sport broadcasting and core tenets of storytelling that will thrive in it.
Father and son promotional duo Barry and Eddie Hearn meet SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly in London to discuss a big year for their Matchroom Sport company, from the world heavyweight title mega-fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley to the festive staple of world championship darts. They also look to their future in live events and content, and even take time to reflect on the potential of cryptocurrency.
In an extended interview with SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison reflects on a busy summer for English cricket, gives the inside line on a UK£1.1 billion set of TV deals with Sky Sports and the BBC, looks ahead to a new domestic T20 competition, and discusses the emerging landscape at home and in the international game ahead of another Ashes series.
To round off the fourth and biggest edition so far of SportsPro's The Brand Conference, sports broadcaster James Pearce is joined by Coca-Cola's James Williams, David Bruce of Major League Soccer, Gamma Labs/G Fuel chief executive Cliff Morgan and our very own Adam Nelson to address topics ranging from scandal to esports to the companies to watch.
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.
Between the Cricket World Cup in England, Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and the Rugby World Cup in Ireland, it's becoming a landmark summer for women's team sport on European soil. SportsPro's Eoin Connolly and Adam Nelson are joined by Lisa Parfitt of Synergy and Clare Connor of the ECB to discuss what's changing in how women's sport is presented and how its prospects can continue to grow.
The growth of para-sport has been one of the industry's most uplifting success stories in the past decade and as president of the International Paralympic Committee since 2001, Sir Philip Craven has overseen it all. Taking some time out from the London 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships, a landmark single-sport event for the IPC, Sir Philip talks SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly through the challenges and charms of a job he will leave in September, and shares his vision for the future of the movement.
Nielsen Sports and Entertainment director David Cushnan and Aneesh Madani, the Twitter head of sports partnerships for Asia-Pacific, join SportsPro editor to talk marketable athletes and athlete marketing, McGregor v Mayweather, Sky Sports' vertical channels and the future of viewership, and what the Olympics can learn from Wimbledon - if it needs to, that is.
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.
After two days of high-level talk at Wembley Stadium, the SportsPro team take the stage to put a suitable cap on things. Editor Eoin Connolly and deputy editor Adam Nelson are joined by Press Association chief sports reporter Matt Slater and Ebony Rainford-Brent - Test Match Special commentator, Surrey director of women's cricket and SportsPro Live presenter - to talk doping, digital, pushing the boundaries in cricket and plenty more.
The SportsPro Podcast reassembles, with Unofficial Partner and author Richard Gillis and Nielsen Sports global communications director David Cushnan joining Eoin Connolly and Adam Nelson to assess a busy few weeks in the sports industry. On the agenda: what Claudio Ranieri's sacking as Leicester City manager tells us - or doesn't tell us - about leadership; the consequences of Budapest's withdrawal from the 2024 Olympic race; and, after the dawn of six-hole golf, the function of short-form sport.
The SportsPro team round off 2016 with a generous festive helping of podcast action, with editor Eoin Connolly and deputy editor Adam Nelson joined by Bloomberg's Tariq Panja and Unofficial Partner Richard Gillis in London. (Pelé couldn't make it, and neither could Rob Bonnet.) SportsPro Americas editor Michael Long also patches in from snowy Canada for a review of an extraordinary year and a smattering of sports industry New Year's resolutions.
SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly is joined by deputy editor Adam Nelson, Unofficial Partner and regular contributor Richard Gillis, and SB Weekly host Matt Cutler, all of whom try to burst through global political gloom, discuss big changes in sports consumption and the real meaning of eSports, and count the cost of drinking Bernie Ecclestone's beer.
SportsPro editor Eoin Connolly and senior writer Adam Nelson return from the Sportel media convention in Monaco to talk about the future of broadcasting, OTT, VR, AR, and competitive wood-cutting. SNTV's Martin Kay, Sportradar's Brad van Wely and International Cricket Council commercial head Campbell Jamieson also contribute.
The SportsPro Podcast returns from its hiatus to reflect on some of the stories that have been dominating the sports industry in its absence. Press Association's chief sports reporter Matt Slater and Unofficial Partner Richard Gillis join SportsPro senior writer Adam Nelson and editor Eoin Connolly to talk about the fall of Sam Allardyce in sport's latest corruption scandal, the 'Fancy Bears' leak of TUE data, lessons from Rio 2016 and impressions of the sports industry's conference season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?