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FIFA’s current crisis is a ‘shitstorm’ for corporate sponsors

The international football association FIFA is amidst another huge media crisis after Swiss police arrested some of FIFA’s top executives on Wednesday and charging them with money-laundering and other criminal acts linked to this ongoing corruption investigation. There is no doubt that this has smeared FIFA’s overall corporate brand and its acclaimed World Cup brand […]

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Governance in football when it comes to player valuations, transfer market activities and contract negotiations

Given the rapid commercialization and globalization in the football economy in the wake of the Bosman ruling, professional football clubs have had an intensified focus on investments across national borders to influence the national and international competitiveness. This development has produced some problem areas that football’s international governing bodies FIFA and UEFA (and the national […]

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The intersection between sports development and gender focus may hit a commercial homerun

When analyzing the focus on women’s sport in society, it is hard to understand that there aren’t more corporations seeking to exploit the commercial potential tied to this profitable and relevant segment. For sports entities, women constitute a significant customer group that can add considerably to future revenue streams. It may be understandable from the […]

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Fan engagement in the business of sports in 2015

About a week ago, I came home from a good visit in Boston planned due to an inspirational collaboration with Professor Stephen Greyser from Harvard Business School. In his book The Business of Sports, Stephen deals with a holistic approach in terms of analyzing the vitality and omnipresence of sports fans and how these fans […]

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How to ‘post’, ‘share’, ‘tag’ or ‘tweet’ your way to more profitable stakeholder relationships in the business of sports

The increase of social media in recent years has offered stakeholders in the business of sports a new and very powerful platform for brand activation. Although research years ago pointed to the fact that sports stars did not use social media to activate endorsement deals, today’s sports marketing trends tell a different story. As of […]

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