Ahead of what could be another 12 months of unprecedented disruption, SportsPro profiles ten figures whose work will direct the conversation and the action in the sports industry year.
In a world of burgeoning technological development, with high-speed internet access driving digital consumption and OTT platforms making it possible to watch sport when and where the need arises, creating a rich enough experience for the fan at an event is increasingly a challenge. But as the old adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and so venues are turning to technology themselves in order to develop the matchday of the future and keep live sport in the game.
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.
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.
Launched in 2012 with the aim of taking the sport of kickboxing to new heights, GLORY Sports International has already established itself as the world’s leading kickboxing brand. The company faces the challenges of functioning in an increasingly fragmented broadcasting landscape, and the need to bring in a wider audience, but there’s plenty of punching power in the pipeline.
Sports data and content specialist Sportradar AG dramatically enhanced its over-the-top streaming capabilities with its acquisition of Sportsman Media Holding in 2016. A year on, the Swiss-based firm is eyeing further growth in a burgeoning OTT market.
With an audience reach of more than one billion people across Europe, the European Broadcasting Union’s Members are proving that there is still a huge appetite for public service broadcasting.
The European Broadcasting Union unites the interests of public service media in 56 countries in a rapidly changing media environment. Through its business arm, Eurovision Media Services, it is playing a full part in shaping the future of content production and distribution.