With 407 million fans across 15 key markets, eventing has a strong base of global support from which to build for the future. Ralph Straus, the commercial director at the FEI, lays out the global equestrian body’s strategy for growth, and what keeps people flocking to witness this ultimate test of athleticism, endurance, and the trust between human and mount.
A year of scandal and introspection saw The Sports Consultancy and Quest form Global Sports Investigations, a new organisation dedicated to creating robust independent inquiries in sport. SportsPro spoke to the leading figures behind it to discover why they believe the idea has transformative potential.
Equestrian dressage brings rider and horse together in perfect artistic unison, attracts a global audience of 393 million and has been a stalwart event at the Summer Olympic Games since 1912. Now, the International Equestrian Federation is seeking to build out the commercial offering for a discipline it sees as the peak of horse training.
From its origins as part of Major League Baseball’s digital unit, BAMTECH Media has risen to become one of the most influential companies in live streaming. Now, BAMTECH Europe is taking on new territories across the Atlantic.
One of the biggest media events of the new sporting year will come early. PyeongChang 2018 will see another advance in the operations of Olympic Broadcasting Services, and a Games-time debut for the Olympic Channel.
Australia is playing host to men’s and women’s Ashes series this summer, resuming an age-old rivalry with England, but at the heart of its cricket season are a pair of youthful events with a focus on the future. Kim McConnie, a new arrival from PepsiCo with big-time sports entertainment experience, is the new woman in charge of the Big Bash Leagues.
Men’s tennis has enjoyed one of its greatest ever decades but as time catches up with its superstars, the future is a present concern. The ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan gave a glimpse of what may be to come, on and off the court.
After another eventful 12 months in the sports industry, SportsPro writers reflect on 25 tales of disruption, corruption and upheaval that made 2017 a year to remember.
Ahead of his appearance at the SportsPro OTT Summit next week, revisit our interview from 2016 with Olympic Broadcasting Services chief executive Yiannis Exarchos, in which he discusses how the Olympic Channel came into being.
Founded in 2004, Fighting Spirit has promoted a range of boxing, kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai and wrestling events around the world. SportsPro made the trip to Antwerp, Belgium for the latest instalment of Enfusion, the company’s kickboxing property, to find out how Fighting Spirit’s promotions have built a loyal fanbase, and to learn more about its plans to expand into new markets.
The VELUX EHF FINAL4 is the climax of the European Handball Federation’s signature club tournament, the EHF Champions League, and since 2010 has become a compelling showcase for a sport whose popularity can be underestimated. The 2017 edition at Cologne’s LANXESS arena heralded an era of further growth and change to come.
After over a decade behind the paywall, the England and Wales Cricket Board signed a new broadcast deal in the summer which ensured the return of live coverage on free-to-air TV while also delivering a significant boost in income. Chief executive Tom Harrison explains how the agreements are fundamental to the search for a more open and diverse fanbase.
Ten months into Liberty Media’s stewardship of Formula One, Sean Bratches and Frank Arthofer, two of the men brought on board to transform the championship’s commercial outlook, tell SportsPro about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for motorsport’s biggest beast.
Marc Watson has history in managing the arrival of a sports broadcasting newcomer and since the start of 2015, he’s been doing it again as executive chairman and chief executive of Eleven Sports. Now, new markets and new platforms are coming into play for an organisation which is acting locally on global ambitions.
Laurent Pourrut, chief executive of Fighting Spirit, discusses the event promotion company’s rich stable of combat sport properties, which are proving a knockout around the world.
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the ultimate test for an amateur sailor. The brainchild of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and William Ward, now on its 11th edition, offers both sailors and sponsors a unique opportunity to take on one of the biggest challenges of the natural world.