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John May is a man who has had a long standing passion for the interaction between sport and business. While football clubs are built on the foundation of those that go out to battle and compete for premierships, there is often little recognition given to the people behind the scenes, implementing the processes and direction of the club on and off the field. May, who once had the inside running on all things sport business, provides us with a unique perspective on the politics and administrative positioning of sport.
With the sporting juggernaut that is State of Origin continuing to grow as a multimillion dollar money spinner for Australian rugby league, the third International Origin series between England and the ‘Exiles’ is set to take place at the Halliwell Jones Stadium Warrington June 14,th with organisers hoping the fixture will benefit from some pre-World cup good will.
The success of Barcelona, who matched Real Madrid’s record season of 100 LA Liga points, has further highlighted the increasing polarity between the top two Spanish teams and the rest of Spain’s Primera Division. The main factor behind this growing polarity that has seen Real Madrid and Barcelona literally dominate on the field has been the growing financial disparity between them and the rest of the league off the field. But what is the solution for a more balanced competition in La Liga?
A partnership between NRL club South Sydney Rabbitohs, ANZ Stadium and former Masterchef contestant Kevin Perry has resulted in a fan-engagement bonanza at the weekends match between the Rabbitohs and Knights. Ever the supporter of fan-centric initiatives which boost the game day experience, SBI MD Nic Ferraro was on hand to give his view.
John Gearman is a sports designer with over 25 years of experience developing products and brands within Australian sports. In this time, Gearman has worked with a lot of major sporting bodies and clubs around Australia and believes that his work is about providing marketability for clubs to give fans an image and brand that they’ll be proud of and not embarrassed to show. Anthony Costa (Brand Sports) sat down with Gearman to get his insights on current brand development within Australian sport and what direction he believes is possible and necessary for the sustainability of certain Australian sports.