In August 2017, The Boston Globe headed to Tennessee to interview a bunch of NASCAR fans. The subject? Donald Trump's presidency. Seven months after his election to office, the majority of those canvassed were positive about his position on trade, political correctness and his vision for the future of the...
For sport to genuinely become a sector known for its sustainability credentials, it will have to engage with innovative organisations in other industries to tackle the challenges it can’t take on alone. And one of the major challenges facing professional sports clubs, organisations and event organisers is how to...
IT WAS A SWELTERING EVENING in east London when the Netherlands beat underdog Ireland in the final of the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. With the temperature peaking at around 27°C, the athletes could count themselves unlucky for having to contest what was probably the biggest match of their...
It has become almost cliché to refer to athletes as role-models. The arguments about whether sportspeople are obliged to carry themselves a certain way off the field have raged for some time now, with no clear answer. But one thing is indisputable: athletes are the most important individuals in any...
Thirteen years ago, Istanbul’s immense Ataturk Stadium was the stage for one of the most dramatic nights in European football. After going 3-0 down to star-studded AC Milan (boasting the likes of Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Hernan Crespo and Paolo Maldini) in the first half of the 2005 Champions League...
When Formula E first burst onto the scene as a noisy upstart in late-2014, founder and chief executive Alejandro Agag wanted to achieve three main goals: 1. match and surpass the entertainment value and popularity of the traditional motorsport giants using all-electric cars, 2. increase the public’s interest in...
Forget entertaining the crowd and making sure participants are looked after, sporting events need to focus all of their efforts on three major factors: Reputation. Brand. And societal expectations. That might be a slight exaggeration. Sport will, first and foremost, always prioritise the entertainment of the spectators and wellbeing of those...
Whenever the awarding of a major sports event results in a large infrastructure project, allegations of human rights abuses seem to surface. During the early stages of its preparations to hosts the FIFA World Cup, Qatar was dogged by claims that migrant workers were living in appalling...
Science and sport are intrinsically linked: whether you’re talking about the extensive sport science teams that are enlisted by professional clubs to ensure that athlete performance reaches a peak, or the physics behind a perfect golf swing. But it may have raised one or two eyebrows when the New York...
When NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons built the first-ever LEED Platinum sports stadium in the US, owner Arthur Blank said the decision was the right thing to do for the city and the environment. Additionally, he wanted to demonstrate that building responsibly was “possible for a venue of any type,...