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Sustainability and sport’s triple-bottom line
SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly is joined by Hattie Park, sustainability manager at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), and Matthew Campelli, founder and editor of the Sustainability Report and director of sustainability at Touchline, to discuss how sport can meet the ‘triple-bottom line’ of social, environmental and economic impact.They talk about the challenges and benefits of working sustainable practices into sports businesses and how to change attitudes throughout the industry. They also cover the ways in which new environmental and community initiatives are being woven into operations, planning and the fan experience at Wimbledon.Elsewhere, there’s time to hear a pitch at SportsPro Live from the students at Sheffield Hallam University, winners of the first SportsPro Sustainability Hackathon.Music: Surf Inspector by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4447-surf-inspectorLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Playbook: How to flex your leadership style and harness your community with Peter Moore
SportsPro senior contributor Matt Rogan is joined by the hugely experienced sports and gaming executive Peter Moore: veteran of Reebok, Sega of America, Microsoft, EA Sports, and former chief executive of Liverpool FC; now working with Unity Technologies, and as an adviser to new owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny at soccer club Wrexham AFC.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Peter explores the many sides of leadership. He describes how the Hollywood takeover at lower-league Wrexham is about community impact as much as commercial opportunity, and dives into comparisons and contrasts of everything from talent to fanbases in soccer and video games. He also explains how EA Sports rode out the digital transformation of its industry and, in an interview recorded before news of a breakaway Super League attempt in the European game, reflects on the privilege and responsibility of running Liverpool, his hometown club.
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DAZN’s James Rushton, Discovery’s sports strategy and fast-moving startups on day two of SportsPro Live
SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly and digital editor Tom Bassam are joined by Minal Modha, principal analyst and consumer research lead at Ampere Analysis, to review day two of SportsPro Live 2021.
The broadcast sector dominates the agenda, with Tom recapping his interview with DAZN co-CEO James Rushton, after an eventful year for the global streaming service, and the trio discussing Discovery’s strategy ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the new Discovery+ OTT set to come to the fore – as Eurosport president Andrew Georgiou explained in his session with SportsPro’s Nick Meacham.
There’s also time to talk about the emergence of Whoop during the pandemic and, away from the virtual conference floor, BT’s reported decision to sell part of its sports broadcast business in the UK.
Eddie Hearn, the ECB's Tom Harrison, the future of the fan relationship and more on SportsPro Live day one
In the first of two live specials, SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly and deputy editor Sam Carp are joined by Seven League consulting partner Charlie Beall to recap day one of SportsPro Live 2021.They listen in on clips featuring England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison, Milwaukee Bucks EVP of business operations Raven Jemison and Matchroom Sport's Eddie Hearn, and discuss themes from the future of live events to entertainment crossovers, new formats and storytelling.
Sarah Lewis on returning with a vision for the FIS, snow sports and federations
SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly speaks to Sarah Lewis, the long-serving former secretary general of the International Ski Federation (FIS) who is now running for the presidency of the organisation.
Lewis outlines what has shaped her candidacy and her attitudes to leadership since her shock dismissal from the FIS last October, and what has influenced her thoughts on the future of snow sports and the role of federations. Breaking down her Piste Map programme, she shares her ideas on future sources of revenue, governance guidelines, and a more inclusive community, as well as the responsibilities of sports bodies in everything from commercial growth to environmental sustainability. Music: Surf Inspector by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4447-surf-inspectorLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Not so Super League special: making sense of European soccer’s failed breakaway plan
SportsPro editor at large Eoin Connolly brings in managing director Nick Meacham, deputy editor Sam Carp, New York Times global sports reporter Tariq Panja and The Athletic football news reporter Matt Slater to recap the rapid rise and fall of European soccer’s Super League.
They try to piece together a dramatic but ultimately catastrophic launch and communications plan; ask whether the project was doomed by the mixed motivations of the clubs involved, and the absence of PSG and Bayern Munich; and explore the actual value of the concept in theory and in practice.
And with fan groups, governments, broadcasters and sponsors briefly united in opposition, they look at what strengths lie in the existing soccer pyramid and what can come next.Music: Surf Inspector by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4447-surf-inspectorLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/