In the sports industry as in the world beyond, 2016 has been a year of major events, significant challenges and unexpected, profound changes. SportsPro runs through the 25 stories that mattered most over the past 12 months.
2016 offered a packed summer of sport to television viewers around the world and behind much of it has been Eurovision, the media solution partner and operational arm of the European Broadcasting Union. SportsPro spoke with Stefan Kuerten, director of Eurovision services and sports rights, and Graham Warren, director of network, about the challenges the corporation has faced this year and the technologies it is pioneering.
Setanta Sports was a homegrown success in the distinctive Irish broadcast marketplace before being picked up this year by domestic telecoms leader Eir. Now, Eir Sport is looking to build on the legacy of its forebear and attract new customers to its parent brand.
21 years ago, the Austrian city of Klagenfurt hosted a beach volleyball tournament for the first time. In 2016 the event has become part of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, a global tour formed as a joint venture between Red Bull and Hannes Jagerhofer. SportsPro made the trip to this year’s A1 Major Klagenfurt to experience the heady mixture of high-end entertainment and world-class sport, and to hear about the series’ plans for the future.
Broadcast income has transformed sport over the past generation but it may be changes in distribution models, rather than rises in rights revenue, that shape the years ahead.
The chairman of World Snooker Limited shares his opinions on snooker in China, digital rights and his thoughts on the game's future - and his own.
Israeli athlete Pascale Bercovitch speaks to SportsPro ahead of her third Paralympics at Rio 2016, in her third different sport.
Rio 2016 is set to be the biggest media event in history and it falls to TV Globo to deliver Brazil’s greatest ever sporting spectacle to the homes of an expectant host nation.
Five sports are poised to be added to the line-up for Tokyo 2020, in a move the IOC says will represent ‘the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history’.
With Rio 2016's commercial preparations entering their final execution phase, SportsPro looks back at how the Games' domestic sponsorship programme was put together.
After seven years that began with hope but have brought all manner of difficulties, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are finally here.
Two of the smaller national Olympic committees, in Jordan and Ireland, are preparing for Rio 2016 by using the Olympics to promote sport and wellbeing.
As the world’s attention turns to Rio’s present, the organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games will have one eye on the city’s future. Engineering firm Aecom was appointed to deliver a three-stage masterplan for the Olympics, culminating in a 20-year legacy outlook. Bill Hanway, the company’s global sports leader, reveals the importance of flexibility and sustainability to ensuring a positive legacy from the biggest event in global sports.
Uefa Euro 2016 is the biggest ever edition of European soccer’s showpiece and has involved the biggest broadcast operation in the tournament’s history.
As Major League Soccer’s best-supported franchise, the Seattle Sounders are well placed to take their home market ascendancy to new frontiers.
In an exclusive interview at his picturesque Clarehaven stables, John Gosden, England’s leading racehorse trainer, tells SportsPro about the business challenges facing the country’s racing industry, the importance of breeding and the ever contentious issues surrounding prize money in the sport.