THE SPORTS INDUSTRY AND ITS REACH

  • Sport is still the strongest “live” event and a central component of modern identity.

  • Sport has both driven & benefitted from globalization. 

  • Broadcast rights for cricket’s IPL (bought by Star Sports for £2billion), now approaching Premier League football.

  • Countries (such as China, Qatar) now perceive sport as a foreign policy.

  • Sport is the 3rd biggest global industry & football is world’s common language.

  • Sport enmeshed with new media - Ronaldo first celebrity to 100 million Facebook “likes.”

  • Digital economy based on identity and preferences: power & reach of sport set to expand.

  • Sport needed more than ever as a response to burgeoning crisis in physical and mental health.

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