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Transforming the way your industry works

Why it’s critical to fill venues with talent

Posted by in Commercial, Entertainment, Josie Lahey, Management, Sales, Venues

It will surprise few who are involved in the running of stadiums, arenas and convention centres, that global competition for events is as fierce today as it has ever been. With single sport stadiums and multi-venue precincts starting to attract some of the biggest events outside of their traditional hunting grounds, the opportunities for venues are both exciting and daunting in equal measure. Add into the mix the plethora of entertainment options available to time-poor consumers today – from TV to mobile games – and it has never been more…read more

Building a winning team on and off the pitch

Posted by in Commercial, HR, Jim Chaplin, Management, UK

What does it take to achieve success in a sporting organisation? Recently, SRi invited a number of sports leaders to discuss the myriad challenges that can be faced. Managing director Jim Chaplin looks at some of their learnings which can put senior leaders in the industry in the best position to build a winning side and ensure lasting glory. One of the reasons why running a sports organisation is so complex is that the individuals involved, whether on the pitch, in the first team squad or up in the boardroom,…read more

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The Rise of the Australian Sports Foundation: Q&A with ASF CEO Patrick Walker

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Commercial, Jonathan Harris

Since its launch in 2010, SRi’s Australian and New Zealand arm has played a part in supporting some of the most prestigious, high profile and successful sport, media and entertainment organisations in the region. The Australian Sports Foundation is dedicated to raising tax deductible money for sports from the grassroots upwards, giving clubs and teams the platform to attract donations through crowdfunding, community projects, peer-to-peer giving and regular investment. As raising finance becomes tougher and tougher in the modern sporting environment, SRi’s Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand, Jonathan…read more

Opportunity abounds for rights holders and distributors as the rule book is still being written

Posted by in Digital, Entertainment, eSports, Media, Tim Palmer

Media, entertainment and sports rights holders are in the middle of one of the most transformational periods in history and, with the rule book being rewritten in real time, digital opportunities are rife for those that get it right, says SRi’s head of media and entertainment Tim Palmer. Media, entertainment and sports content owners and distributors are fully embracing the digital revolution, having acknowledged the change to their business models and are basking in the glow of the new climate that promises a wealth of opportunities that those in previous…read more

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Creating a high performing commercial department

Posted by in Chris Jordan, Commercial, Digital, Management, Sales, Sponsorship

Even at the highest level, sporting teams are still on the journey into becoming truly professional, global businesses. For those looking to establish themselves as a world-leading brand, having a commercial team fit for the pressures of modern sport business is a must, says SRi’s commercial rights specialist Chris Jordan. The ‘business of sport’ phrase is, in itself, something of an oxymoron. As a concept, sport embodies themes such as passion, unpredictability and tribalism. Think business, and words such as strategy, stability and growth spring to mind. It’s this struggle…read more

Post-Rio succession planning

Posted by in Elite Performance, Management, Stewart King

The action in Rio isn’t just on the field of play – succession planning will be on the lips of all senior stakeholders. Stewart King, SRi Senior Consultant in Elite Performance, is the latest selection announced for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, Stewart won’t be setting records on his bike or in a rowing boat; he will be sitting down with administrators from all over the world to discuss a vitally important facet of the Olympics – succession planning. The performance of the athletes in Rio will…read more

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Showing Olympic vision – the view beyond Brazil

Posted by in Alistair Milner, Board Level, Elite Performance, Management

For many athletes, all focus is on Rio as the culmination of a four-year cycle of hard work and graft comes to a climax at the 2016 Olympic Games. Those in the boardrooms of sports governing bodies, however, have long been looking past the Games and into the future, writes Alistair Milner, head of SRi’s Elite Performance Practice. In the weeks and months leading up to an Olympic Games, there are very different questions being asked of athletes, in comparison to the leadership of their country’s sports administration. For competitors,…read more

The Director of Football is back…but it never went away

Posted by in Elite Performance, Europe, Management, Stewart King

Tarnished in the past, but making a modern resurgence, the director of football is a position that left the headlines, but continues to play an important role in modern football organisations, says Stewart King, elite performance specialist at SRi. There’s a quiet revolution happening in English football where – whisper it – the role of Director of Football (DoF) is becoming ever more important to leading clubs. To the public consciousness, the DoF represents everything that’s wrong about continental techniques which have invaded the Premier League; it may be how…read more

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Critical Board Relationships

Posted by in Board Level, Management, Mike Squires

The key relationships present in any sporting body fall into two distinct camps; external and internal. The external relationships include the Government, media, sponsors and the like, whereas internal relationships are almost exclusively between members of the Board. Getting these relationships right can be trickier than you’d think. Arguably the most critical dynamic which sets the foundation for an effective Board is that between the Chair and the CEO. This relationship can be made more complex when the Chair is a passionate unpaid volunteer and the CEO comes from a…read more

The sporting landscape of the Middle East

Posted by in Elite Performance, Middle East, Stewart King

From Egypt to the Emirates, the Middle East is a region where sport is undergoing significant change and where opportunity is expanding, says Stewart King, a specialist in elite performance at SRi. The Middle East can be an attractive location for professionals interested in bringing about great change. Sporting clubs and bodies across the region have ambitious plans, and the ability for individuals to work in an environment where they can develop a legacy is genuinely exciting. I recently travelled to the Middle East to meet key figures in the…read more

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