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Every week, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost take a deeper look at sport and money. We talk through the stories from the week, from bumper sports' star salaries to grassroots gems, along with in-depth interviews and analysis to delve into what makes the world of sport and money tick.

Every week, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost take a deeper look at sport and money. We talk through the stories from the week, from bumper sports' star salaries to grassroots gems, along with in-depth interviews and analysis to delve into what makes the world of sport and money tick.

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United Kingdom

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Every week, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost take a deeper look at sport and money. We talk through the stories from the week, from bumper sports' star salaries to grassroots gems, along with in-depth interviews and analysis to delve into what makes the world of sport and money tick.

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@thisismoney

Language:

English


Episodes

How to start a sports team from scratch - new London City Royals basketball franchise owner reveals all

11/5/2019
Starting a sports team from scratch and taking them to glory: it sounds like something out of a computer game rather than real life. This week, assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost are joined by a man who recently helped start a new basketball team in Britain – the London City Royals. Just how do you go about starting a whole new team – or franchise – and get them off the ground? Jon Sawyer, who has an impressive CV holding senior positions at Disney, Hilton and Pret...

Duration:00:35:09

'€60k was fanned on the bed...': Ex-footballer talks match fixing, his regrets and why the FA helped when he came out of jail

10/29/2019
Match-fixing in sport. It is a subject that makes fans boil with anger and ask: just how and why would any professional do it? Aren't they already paid enough for a job many of us would love to do? In the This is Moneyball season 3 opener, assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost tackle this tricky subject and are joined by someone who was swept up in the madness. Centre-back Moses Swaibu – a former Crystal Palace youth player – became one of the first names on the team sheet...

Duration:00:49:52

Is Piracy threatening the future of football? This is Moneyball discuss pirate broadcasters and why the rules of the game off the pitch are now so crucial

9/9/2019
Forget Blackbeard and the stealing of Spanish treasure fleets, when you think of piracy these days it might well be football that's flying the Jolly Roger. It's big business too. Think of football channel beoutQ, which pirates content from Qatar-based giant beIN Sports and beams it to homes across Saudi Arabia. This week on This is Moneyball, Georgie Frost is joined by LawinSport's Sean Cottrell and the Associated Press' Global Sports Correspondent Rob Harris. They discuss the impact of...

Duration:01:03:35

What's it like to score the winning try in a Rugby World Cup final? This is Moneyball and an England legend discuss the upcoming tournament in Japan

9/3/2019
There are very few sportspeople who are lucky enough to score the winner in the final of any tournament, let alone the pinnacle of a sport. But Nolli Waterman did just that in 2014 for England against Canada at the Women's Rugby World Cup in France. This week, the Wasps full-back joins broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce to talk about her life as a rugby player, the financial strain and where the game is heading. She reveals how she has to pay to play, why she only spent...

Duration:00:44:19

Sports stars and social media: a financial goldmine or recipe for disaster? We speak to Héctor Bellerín's account manager

8/27/2019
Social media use among sports stars has seen some of them become more than just a player – they are icons with a global following of millions who post their life off the pitch, as well as on it. They can publish messages, photographs and videos with a few taps and a click which will be seen across the world. Is Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and the like a good use of time for footballers and other sporting icons – or do they have the potential to damage the reputation of both player...

Duration:00:51:48

The six juiciest football finance stories of summer 2019... from big money transfers to clubs on the brink

8/19/2019
The football season is back with bang but what happened off the pitch in the summer when it comes to money created major talking points. Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost pick six of the financial hot topics when it comes to football from the last few months to give their thoughts and opinions. This includes £1.4billion being spent in the summer transfer window, with half of Premier League clubs breaking their individual player transfer record – so who got the best...

Duration:00:38:44

David Ames on life as a professional hockey player: From funding worries to having no pension

8/12/2019
This week sees the start of the European Men's Hockey Championships and one man that will be there is GB vice-captain David Ames. But it hasn't all been smooth sailing, with David swapping Ireland for Team GB and having to wait three years to be able to do so. He speaks to broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce and reveals all on his life as a pro-hockey player. He candidly says he will stop playing after the Tokyo 2020 games, why funding worries are always on the back of...

Duration:00:32:17

How tough is it financially for amateur Olympic hopefuls? We speak to Team GB boxing medal hope Jordan Reynolds and former Olympian Amir Khan

8/6/2019
This time next year, Team GB will be competing at Tokyo 2020 and hoping to surpass its record tally from Rio 2016. But how tough is it to get funding in the first place and how much hard work goes into that dash to the podium? That's the topic this week as broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce are joined in the studio by boxing medal hopeful Jordan Reynolds and a man who has been there, done that: Amir Khan. Amir gives Jordan top career advice in a sport where getting...

Duration:00:51:41

What goes on behind the scenes of a football transfer? We take a look ahead of deadline day with sports lawyer Daniel Geey

7/29/2019
Football transfer deadline day. It conjures images of countdown clocks, TV presenters talking a mile-a-minute, sports reporters outside training grounds and microphones through Harry Redknapp's car window... But what goes on behind the scenes? How does a transfer actually happen – from start to finish? How many of the rumours actually have any truth in them? This week, broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce are joined by sports lawyer and author of Done Deal, Daniel Geey....

Duration:00:56:23

Is Tour de France 2019 the most exciting race for a generation - and how do the economic spokes turn?

7/22/2019
We are entering the final week of the Tour de France, billed by one expert as the most exciting since 1989 – but how do the finances stack up and why is the team structure so unique? That's the question broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce ask, with help from deputy editor – and superfan – Adrian Lowery, and sports journalist and co-host of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore. The latter joins us from Nimes, France, as he is on the road covering the event – and we delve...

Duration:00:50:19

Why big name footballers and managers head to the China Super League

7/15/2019
In recent weeks, we've seen Rafa Benitez become boss of Dalian Yifang and Marko Arnautović join Shanghai SIPG in the China Super League. What is behind the moves – and is it just about the money? That's the question broadcaster Georgie Frost and This is Money assistant editor Lee Boyce tackle this week as they look east. We lift the lid on the Chinese Super League, how it works, where the money is coming from and ask what impact it is having on the game here, and in Europe. We have also seen...

Duration:00:37:45

Economics of Silverstone: Its F1 future now looks safe – but why was it under threat... and what's it like to drive?

7/8/2019
What's going on at Silverstone and why was its place on the Formula One calendar in doubt? That's the question assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost tackle this week. It looks like the future of the F1 race in Northamptonshire has been secured – but what's behind the economics of the iconic track and its owners? We are joined this week by former British F1 driver Mark Blundell – 1992 Le Mans winner and three-time F1 podium finisher. He gives us his views on Silverstone,...

Duration:00:37:26

How do you sell a sports team? As Leicester Tigers hunt for a buyer, we look at what happens behind the scenes when a club is up for grabs

7/1/2019
There are plenty of sports fans who wish a wealthy buyer would come in and help change its fortunes – but equally, there are many who have seen their club turned upside down by an owner. What happens when a club is bought and sold? Broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce take a look, with help from industry insider and sports law consultant Darren Bailey. With the 'Manchester United of rugby' – Leicester Tigers – now available for £60million, what's behind the valuation, how...

Duration:00:49:55

What's the true cost of becoming a tennis pro? Marcus Willis reveals all

6/23/2019
It's that time of year again – Wimbledon, arguably the best tennis tournament in the world, starts next week. Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost dust off their picnic blankets, pack the strawberries and cream and talk tennis with British pro – and plucky underdog – Marcus Willis, who has been ranked as high as 209th in the world. We look at the state of the game in Britain and why more youngsters are heading to the US, including 19 year-old Paul Jubb, a Wimbledon...

Duration:00:42:05

What's a football CEO? Brighton & Hove Albion's Paul Barber on running a Premier League club

6/17/2019
It's been an interesting last couple of decades for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club to say the least. They fell to the basement division, had plenty of stadium drama and now find themselves an established Premier League team. In this week's This is Moneyball podcast, assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost are joined by the Seagulls chief executive Paul Barber, who previously worked with the FA and Tottenham Hotspur. He's been at the club since 2012 and gives the...

Duration:00:43:55

Sports teams going green! Are fans and clubs becoming more eco-conscious?

6/10/2019
Pack those Thermos flasks, get on your bike and gobble down a veggie burger while watching the big match - this week, we take a look at the green revolution and how that filters down to sport. Broadcaster Georgie Frost and This is Money assistant editor Lee Boyce talk about what clubs are doing to reduce their environmental impact and whether it makes business sense to do so. Joining us is Julian Kirby from Friends of the Earth to reveal what fans and clubs can do to become greener, while...

Duration:00:37:48

Can the World Cup 'halo effect' help cricket and women's football flourish?

6/3/2019
This summer sees the cricket World Cup in England and Wales, alongside women's football in France and rugby in Japan. Broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce ask: does the hype of major events really impact grassroots participation? We zero in on one of these…and ask whether we can, at last say that with all the media hype, the increased sponsorship and prize money, that the women's game has finally arrived? We are joined by Beth Towle, club chair of South London Laces to...

Duration:00:55:54

Has enhanced prize money in darts and snooker created a better standard?

4/29/2019
The next best thing to being at a sporting fixture has to be going to a pub with a group of mates – but the number of boozers is dwindling. This week, broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce take a deeper dive into the world of 'pub' sports, namely darts and snooker. As pubs continue to close or be 'gastro-ed' will we see the death of darts and pool being played for fun? We talk to Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association for her opinion. The...

Duration:00:49:43

With the WWE money circus rolling into Britain next month, is sports tourism becoming more popular?

4/21/2019
Next month, the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) circus comes to Britain, with live shows in Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Cardiff. For many, they will remember the days of Hulk Hogan, Bret the Hitman Hart and the British Bulldog. So, is wrestling just as popular in 2019 as it was in the 1980s and 90s? This week, Georgie Frost focuses on the billion dollar sport of wrestling with chief executive of the Wrestling Travel company Lee McAteer. He recently...

Duration:00:39:38

Can British golf repair its damaged reputation and learn from Tiger Woods' revival?

4/15/2019
Golf has something of a long-standing image problem in Britain. Women are still banned from joining some private clubs, young people now prefer to take up cycling rather pick up a set of golf clubs and it has found it hard to shake off its reputation as the sport of snobs. That could be about to change. Some say if it doesn’t the industry is doomed. This week’s monumental comeback by Tiger Woods might be the catalyst this ailing pastime needs. After 11 years out of the golfing – at least –...

Duration:00:27:10