EXCLUSIVES of the week – 25/07/2016

By iSportconnect | July 29, 2016

The State of eSports

eSports is undergoing a level of growth most traditional sports can only dream of. In a few short years, it has transformed from a minor event to a sporting heavyweight – with investment and income to match.

Chester King is CEO of the International eGames Group – a company set up to assist the International eGames Committee (a not for profit) aimed at growing elite competitive video gaming (eSports) and shaping the future competitions: by creating a new global, medal only, competition – The eGames – where gamers compete for their country.

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The Sports Entertainment Business

Wrestling, or sports entertainment, poses an interesting question in blurring the lines between a sports event and a television product.

There is an obvious difference in terms of professional wrestling, seen at the Olympics, and ‘wrestling’ or sports entertainment, which sees pre-determined results but still evolves the physical sports element.

Eric Bischoff is very much a pioneer of the latter having been an Executive Producer and President of World Championship Wrestling, General Manager and Producer of World Wrestling Entertainment and Executive Producer of Impact Wrestling – it’s fair to say he has a little bit of experience in the field.

Find out what he had to say HERE

Baroness Tessa Jowell on the legacy of 2012

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Four years to the day of the opening ceremony, Baroness Tessa Jowell tells iSportconnect the London 2012 Games changed the perception of the city.

This is a video exclusive to iSportconnect TV.

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COMMUNITY SPECIAL – iSportconnect members look back at London 2012

The iSportconnect Community discussed the positive impact of the 2012 Olympics four years since the Opening Ceremony.

Shiny Fang (UIPM), Rob Fildes (Athletics Austrailia) and Lou Lauria (former IOC) were among the contributors.

Read more HERE.

Special Report – The rise of China in World Football

New markets‘ has always been a buzzword for football clubs – but the emergence of China as a football market has sparked a once in a generation land grab across the major European football clubs. Ask all international marketing directors of those clubs on their plans, and securing a fan base in China will likely be their number one priority.

China’s huge one billion population are arriving online – and many of them are European football fans, and clubs are eager to talk to them, and harness their new spending power.

Read the full special report HERE.

British Basketball Federation Chairman: “We need to give British basketball the profile it deserves”

Basketball is one of the biggest sports in the world, from the USA to Spain, Argentina to Lithuania, there is a strong passion for the sport from various corners of the globe, spurred on by one of the great global sports franchises – the NBA.

This is something that, so far, has not been reflected in Britain. With minimal media coverage, funding issues, failure to qualify for the last men’s European Championships and the women’s team struggling in their 2017 Eurobasket qualification campaign.

It’s not all doom and gloom however, with the British Basketball League agreeing to show the men’s and women’s league fixtures on the BBC Red Button and Online service. Meanwhile, Team GB’s men get their Eurobasket qualification campaign underway in a fews weeks and the British Basketball Federation officially take control in October. But for typically a major player in international sport – Britain has fallen far behind.

Read more HERE.

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