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The World Round-up: what have we learnt over the past five weeks

July 19, 2023

Over the last five weeks we have been jetting around the world and had fantastic insights from the US, Africa, Lausanne, Asia and the Middle East.

“Last year, Sportico valued the Senators at $655 million, 27th in the 32-team league. The Senators have missed the playoffs in six straight seasons, generate the NHL’s third lowest revenue and consistently lose money.”

Sportico’s, Kurt Badenhausen, Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams, look into the recent sale of the Ottawa Senators for almost $1 billion. Read it here

“The world of sports management increasingly focuses on achieving two important goals: fan loyalty and retention. Although these concepts may appear similar, they possess distinct strategies that differentiate their implementation. This article aims to explore the strategies that drive fan loyalty and retention while providing some examples.”

Michel Cutait, Acting Secretary General of the World Obstacle Federation, looks into how federations and teams can improve fan engagement through memberships. Read here

“The signings of such football stars as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema by the Saudi Pro League have made headlines worldwide. Yet the logic of such signings is not well-understood, and it is easy to dismiss as no more than a spending spree.”

Adam Paker, Partner at Portas Consulting, looks into the the profound changes in Saudi football beyond Ronaldo and Benzema. Read Adam’s thoughts on one of the hottest topics in sport here

“Content is King, but Distribution is clearly the Queen as OTT in post-pandemic Asia has come on par, and, in some places, is beginning to exceed audience share compared to traditional television.”

Unmish Parthasarathi, the Singapore-based Founder of Picture Board Partners, the Strategy, Innovation & Venture Development boutique, reflects on why, how & who is making OTT more mainstream. Read Unmish’s views here

“Kenya’s government has taken a significant step forward by embracing digital technology with the launch of a mobile application for its flagship talent development programme, Talanta Hela, which literally translates to Monetise Talent in Swahili.”

In this week’s View From Africa piece Cynthia Mumbo, CEO of SportsConnect Africa, shines a light on how Kenya’s government is moving forward in its embracing of technology. Read the rest of Cynthia’s piece here

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