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Join SportsPro writers and guests for comment, insight and analysis on the matters of the moment in the global sports industry.

Join SportsPro writers and guests for comment, insight and analysis on the matters of the moment in the global sports industry.


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Join SportsPro writers and guests for comment, insight and analysis on the matters of the moment in the global sports industry.






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Previewing SportsPro OTT USA and a look at how Akamai tackles piracy

With SportsPro's OTT Summit USA taking place next week, editor at large Eoin Connolly and digital editor Tom Bassam highlight some of the sessions to look out for, as well as discussing some of the more intriguing current trends from the world of over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting. Then (24.01), Eoin is on the line with Akamai's director of industry and product marketing for EMEA, Ian Munford, to hear how the company is working to combat piracy across sport. The SportsPro OTT Summit USA will be...


Playbook: How to set a vision and commit to it with BOL Foods founder Paul Brown

SportsPro senior contributor Matt Rogan chats with Paul Brown, the founder and chief executive of plant-based nutrition brand BOL Foods, about deciding on a purpose for a business and maintaining quality through growth. They discuss Paul’s journey from the professional snowboard circuit to sustainable meals, how his focus on core principles inspired him cut the company in half, the qualities he looks for in an investor, the things others see when they buy into your ideas, and why what you...


The business of rugby union with Giles Morgan and James Paul

As the Six Nations continues, SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly welcomes pirate-podcaster and veteran sports industry consultant Giles Morgan, and Blackstar Capital portfolio manager James Paul to talk all things rugby union. With the sport attracting private equity investment, it could be set for arguably its biggest shakeup since turning professional more than 25 years ago. Here, the three discuss rugby's future direction, what private equity means for the sport, as well as where its...


AC Milan’s Casper Stylsvig on a digital future for the Serie A giants

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly talks to Casper Stylsvig, the chief revenue officer at celebrated Italian soccer club AC Milan. They discuss how the Serie A pace-setters have adapted commercially to the Covid-19 crisis, and maintained contact with fans with the San Siro closed, while Stylsvig also outlines a digital transformation project that will be at the centre of future relationships with supporters and partners worldwide. They also cover the Rossoneri’s new in-house content...


Sports tech ideas to invest in now and Greenfly's collaborative content

After SportsPro revealed its 2021 class of 20 sports tech ideas to invest in, editor at large Eoin Connolly and editorial director Michael Long go through the picks and assess why these early stage companies are ones to watch. Then (17.09), Eoin speaks to Daniel Kirschner, president and chief executive at Greenfly, to learn about the software solutions company's work in the world of video consumption and how it is helping sports brands with content creation and distribution. Music: Surf...


Playbook: How to be brave in communication with Lane4’s Natalie Benjamin

In the first of a new series of practical conversations with leaders inside and outside sport, SportsPro senior contributor Matt Rogan talks about how to build a strong base for your communication with Natalie Benjamin, partner at performance management consultancy Lane4. They discuss the importance of honesty and clarity in leadership communication, understanding what to share and how, and recreating some of the subtler aspects of internal and external exchanges in Covid-compromised times....


Super Bowl 2021 special with Sportico's Eben Novy-Williams

With just days to go until the National Football League's (NFL) championship game, SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly welcomes Sportico's sports business reporter Eben Novy-Williams for a Super Bowl special. As well as previewing the event, the pair reflect on the NFL's season and where the league is heading as it looks to move on from its Covid-affected campaign. Then (34.36), deputy editor Sam Carp is on the line with Fan Controlled Football's co-founder and chief executive, Sohrob...


Miles Jacobson on how Football Manager mirrors and shapes the world of soccer

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly talks to Miles Jacobson, studio director of Sports Interactive, the company behind the iconic Football Manager video game series. They talk about how the developer has responded to Covid-19 inside and outside the game (7.45), the continued evolution of Sports Interactive’s data modelling and its relationship with professional clubs (25.03), and nurturing a digital community (36.24) that has grown with the title from its scrappy origins to its...


Are we really going to see a European soccer 'super league'?

Talk of Europe's top soccer clubs breaking away and forming their own super league has existed for decades, but is the sport closer than ever to a continental 'super league'? In this episode, SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly and digital editor Tom Bassam delve into the commercial arguments around soccer's future and what it all means for the sport if the big clubs get their way. Phil Carling, managing director of football at Octagon Worldwide, and Charlie Marshall, chief executive of...


Matt Rogan on how to deliver on a plan for 2021 and beyond

Ahead of the launch of his new Playbook Podcast series, SportsPro senior contributor Matt Rogan talks to editor at large Eoin Connolly about how sports businesses can deliver on their plans in changing times. In another wide-ranging conversation, they discuss building a sense of collective ownership to give team members a shared purpose and strategic buy-in, managing performance relentlessly but with an emphasis on core priorities (32.02), and how empathetic leadership can help those at the...


How the Trump presidency has shaped the future of US sport

In this episode, SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly is joined by Jene Elzie, chief growth officer at Athletes First Partners, and Len Elmore, senior lecturer in the sports management programme at Columbia University. With Joe Biden sworn in as US president, the three delve into the tumultuous Trump tenure and how it changed the relationship between sport and politics, particularly in the context of athlete activism and brand engagement, and ways it will evolve now there is a new man in...


Formula E’s Alberto Longo on driving the series and sustainable motorsport forward

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly speaks to Alberto Longo, co-founder and deputy chief executive of all-electric motorsport series Formula E. A few weeks ahead of a season-opening night race in Diryah they discuss the continued development of the championship, from its hosting strategy to its relationship with manufacturers and its digital media output and esports events. They also consider Formula E’s role in a changing conversation around sustainability, including how it will sit...


Breaking down SportsPro's ten influencers for 2021

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly, digital editor Tom Bassam and deputy editor Sam Carp assess the ten figures set to play a major role across sport over the next year. The trio reflect on SportsPro's annual list, which ranges from a prime minister to a professional tennis player, identifying the merits and the broader context behind their inclusion. Music: Surf Inspector by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:...


Snapchat's Anmol Malhotra on bringing sport to a Gen Z audience

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly speaks to Anmol Malhotra, the head of sports partnerships at Snap. Malhotra explains how social platform Snapchat combines fun, intuitive messaging with proprietary camera technology and AR to appeal to a younger audience and how it aims to help sports publishers, broadcasters, brands, teams and athletes to do the same. He also talks about how those collaborations are structured, from financial incentives to IP integration and content ideas. Music:...


Eurosport president Andrew Georgiou on Discovery+, the trials of Tokyo 2020 and how the sports broadcast business will change

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly talks to Andrew Georgiou, the president of Discovery-owned pan-continental broadcaster Eurosport. They discuss the launch of the Discovery+ direct-to-consumer service and its impact on the group's sports project (3.25), how Eurosport is adapting to the unique challenges of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (20.00), and the implications of digital transformation for rights models and programming concepts (38.01). Music: Surf Inspector by Kevin MacLeod Link:...


Manoj Badale on lessons from the IPL, cricket's growth prospects and the future of sports investment

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly speaks to Manoj Badale, owner of Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals. They discuss the lessons of Manoj's new book – A New Innings, co-authored with cricket writer, analyst and broadcaster Simon Hughes – and track some of the trends that have marked his work in the sport and a few that will define its future. On the agenda are the tensions between protection and progress, the export and domestic growth potential of Indian sport, the...


2020 in review: sports industry highs and lows in events, deals, innovation and influence

SportsPro’s editorial team get behind their mics for one last time in 2020, as Eoin Connolly, Michael Long, Tom Bassam and Sam Carp review some of the best and worst moments of an extraordinary 12 months. They consider some of the best and worst events, deals, innovations and moments of a unique year, casting an eye over everything from the NBA bubble and the NFL Virtual Draft to OneFootball’s takeover of Dugout, circling venture capital, big moves for Brett Gosper and Stefano Domenicali,...


2020 in review: When Covid-19 stopped sport, the move to digital, and the rise in athlete power and purpose

The SportsPro editorial team get together for the first of a two-part review of 2020, with Eoin Connolly, Michael Long, Tom Bassam and Sam Carp looking over some of the big themes of the sports industry year. Remembering the sudden halt to sporting activity in March and how that exposed underlying frailties in the industry, while also unleashing unprecedented creativity, they consider how the forced migration to digital platforms created glimpses of what might outlast the crisis, and how a...


Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin on a unique NBA season and a renewed social purpose

SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly talks to Peter Feigin, president of the Milwaukee Bucks, in the build-up to an unusual new NBA season. They discuss the challenges of heading back to the Fiserv Forum behind closed doors, including the logistical and production plans behind that return and the financial measures helping teams through a campaign that is set for limited fan attendance. Then Feigin describes the experience of an emotional summer of protests against racial inequality – one...


Exploring esports with Bayes’ Amir Mirzaee

In this esports-focused episode, SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly is joined by staff writer, and the podcast's very own producer, Ed Dixon to talk through the latest developments in competitive gaming. Then (20:54), Eoin speaks to Amir Mirzaee, chief operating officer at Bayes Esports. Having worked in business development at the Google subsidiary Waze, Mirazee is the latest executive to make the switch to gaming. Here, he discusses Bayes' involvement in esports, the sector's...