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From the pitches to the boardrooms, the stories behind the big decisions by sports leaders affecting every fan. Featuring sports news insiders Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler, Tariq Panja and more

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From the pitches to the boardrooms, the stories behind the big decisions by sports leaders affecting every fan. Featuring sports news insiders Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler, Tariq Panja and more

    FIFA's biennial World Cup plans dying?; Hear from Gianni Infantino; African football leadership analysed; New PL sponsorship rules target Newcastle; NBA China-Tibet row

    FIFA's biennial World Cup plans dying?; Hear from Gianni Infantino; African football leadership analysed; New PL sponsorship rules target Newcastle; NBA China-Tibet row

    Episode 40 of Sport Unlocked, the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues with interviews and insight from Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler and Tariq Panja. Joined also by Ghana-based journalist and broadcaster Gary Al-Smith.

    On the agenda on October 22, 2021:


    1-16 - Newcastle Saudi ownership latest: New Premier League rules target sponsorship linked to state. Hear from the Saudi finance minister on the investment and from a Saudi fan at St. James' Park about the Jamal Khashoggi billboard outside the stadium.
    16-49 - Is this the week FIFA's biennial World Cup plans died? We take you inside the private UEFA meeting with Gianni Infantino. Then we hear from FIFA president and CAF president Patrice Motsepe on the footballing revolution. We also discuss Motsepe's first six months as leader of African football and the game across the continent.
    49-53 - NBA star, Enes Kanter of the Boston Celtics, criticises China's treatment of Tibet. 
    53-54 - UK Athletics leadership exits



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    • 54 min
    English FA international & diversity chief interviewed; FIFA losing EA game?; Week of Saudis at Newcastle; Commonwealth Games changes; Olympic medals for swimmers cheated by dopers?; Vaccine mandates

    English FA international & diversity chief interviewed; FIFA losing EA game?; Week of Saudis at Newcastle; Commonwealth Games changes; Olympic medals for swimmers cheated by dopers?; Vaccine mandates

    Episode 39 of Sport Unlocked, the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues with interviews and insight from Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler and Tariq Panja.

    On the agenda on October 15, 2021:


    A week of the Saudi control of Newcastle: Fans' song of Amanada Staveley, questions over the financing, Jurgen Klopp wanting to hear more from the Premier League on why the takeover was approved and Steve Bruce on the media.
    FIFA: Is the EA video game about to lose the FIFA name? Where Gianni Infantino now thinks should host the World Cup.
    Medals for Olympians who were cheated by dopers in 1970s & 80s scandals? Analysing the plans in the swimming.
    Commonwealth Games: News on the only two sports now required. What's the future of the games?
    Vaccine mandates in US sports: Should they test instead?
    From 34 minutes in, interview with English FA director of international and diversity Edleen John on the fight against racism online and in stadiums. 

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    • 58 min
    NFL global & Newcastle takeover: Realties of Saudi control of Newcastle despite Premier League claims. Big interview with NFL exec VP on international expansion as the London games return

    NFL global & Newcastle takeover: Realties of Saudi control of Newcastle despite Premier League claims. Big interview with NFL exec VP on international expansion as the London games return

    Episode 38 of Sport Unlocked, the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues with interviews and insight from Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler and Tariq Panja.

    On the agenda on October 9, 2021:


    Why did Rob spot Number 10's chief of staff, who was embroiled in intrigue over the Super League launch, at Old Trafford?
    Saudi Arabia now owns Newcastle. But why is the club and Premier League insisting against reality that the Magpies aren't controlled by the kingdom? Analysis on the completion of the protracted and controversial takeover. 
    This week's big interview is with the NFL's exec vice president Chris Halpin on plans for more games overseas as the the London series returns, the challenge back in the US from the Premier League and the impact on sport from FIFA's biennial World Cup plans.

    Send any questions to the team on Twitter @SportUnlocked

    Check out videos from the interviews on Sport Unlocked's YouTube channel, Instagram or Twitter pages

    Music

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    • 48 min
    Live from Leaders: Saudi Newcastle takeover & Gulf states buying clubs; Olympics challenges & ethics, impact of FIFA's plans on the Games & technological changes in sport

    Live from Leaders: Saudi Newcastle takeover & Gulf states buying clubs; Olympics challenges & ethics, impact of FIFA's plans on the Games & technological changes in sport

    Episode 37 of Sport Unlocked - a special edition of the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues recorded live in front of an audience at the Leaders Week sport business conference at Twickenham Stadium.

    Rob Harris and Martyn Ziegler were joined by a series of guests on October 7, 2021:


    Saudis buy Newcastle: As the takeover was going through, former Premier League general secretary Nic Coward and Lee Wellings, a broadcaster and author, dissected the governance, moral and sporting implications of another state-funded buyout of a Premier League club.
    Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero came on stage to be questioned on serving on the IOC's ethics board, human rights concerns about Beijing 2022 Games, impact of FIFA's World Cup plans on the Olympics, technological changes in sport
    Send any questions to the team on Twitter @SportUnlocked

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Corruption buster on exposing Olympic boxing fixing; US women's football abuse; Europe v SAmerica matches; Europa League racism; Ex-stars slam FIFA World Cup push; Super League update; F1 to Qatar

    Corruption buster on exposing Olympic boxing fixing; US women's football abuse; Europe v SAmerica matches; Europa League racism; Ex-stars slam FIFA World Cup push; Super League update; F1 to Qatar

    Episode 36 of Sport Unlocked, the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues with interviews and insight from Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler and Tariq Panja.

    On the agenda on October 1, 2021:


    Boxing scandal: Interview with investigator Richard McLaren on the fixing at the Olympics and how power corrupts governing bodies.
    Women's football abuse: American women's legal in turmoil over sexual coercion and harassment allegations - and why action is only being taken now against the coach.
    Europe unites with South America: Continental champions to meet in matches while UEFA & CONMEBOL plan London office.
    FIFA move to US: Commercial staff could move Stateside from Zurich. 
    Biennial World Cups: FIFA finally holds a summit for members as Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher question why retired players like them are being so heavily pushed in the campaign.
    Super League fallout: Speedy analysis on what a Spanish court ruling means for UEFA's hopes of punishing rebel clubs.
    Europa League racism: More abuse in Prague - why wasn’t the stadium fully closed?
    Formula One: Qatar gets a race for the first time.
    Beijing Olympics: Heavy restrictions with coronavirus rules for 2022 Winter Games. 

    Send any questions to the team on Twitter @SportUnlocked

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    Music

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    • 58 min
    Behind origins of FIFA-UEFA spat & how world football should be regulated; Insight from Premier League owners' meeting; Juventus turmoil; Derby administration; DAZN's bid for BT & streaming sport

    Behind origins of FIFA-UEFA spat & how world football should be regulated; Insight from Premier League owners' meeting; Juventus turmoil; Derby administration; DAZN's bid for BT & streaming sport

    Episode 35 of Sport Unlocked, the podcast dissecting the week's sports news issues with interviews and insight from Rob Harris, Martyn Ziegler and Tariq Panja.

    On the agenda on September 24, 2021:


    Behind origins of FIFA-UEFA spat. How should world football be regulated?
    Insight from the first in-person Premier League owners' meeting in London in 18 months.
    Juventus turmoil on the pitch and financially. We cross to Milan and hear from Fabio Licari from Gazzetta dello Sport.
    Super League fallout. New court battles.
    Derby administration.
    DAZN's pursuit of BT and the future of streaming sport worldwide.

    Send any questions to the team on Twitter @SportUnlocked

    Check out videos from the interviews on Sport Unlocked's YouTube channel, Instagram or Twitter pages

    Music

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Fantastic must listen podcast

The big issues of the sporting week debated in an extremely intelligent and informed way, not sure what more you can ask for! A great listen week after week

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Excellent

Rob is one of the top sport’s journos in the country’s and this is top class. Fills the Sportsweek void and then some. Top class and highly recommended.

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A great podcast from top sports journalist. It is a very useful way stay on top of important global issues in sport without having to trawl through social media.

An honest assessment on what is happening in sport. Recommended for anyone with an interest in sports business, administration and law.

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