The European Tour and DP World

Pretty big news in the world of golf yesterday, as the European Tour announced a long-term partnership with DP World. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ3Td-foqx0 This deal means the tour will now be called the "DP World Tour", and aside from anything else it's a handy way to reposition the 'European Tour' as a much more global entity (it … Continue reading The European Tour and DP World

So, what events should be in the commonwealth games?

The Commonwealth Games made a few headlines this week by announcing that, after 2022, only two sports will be mandatory: athletics and swimming. Future hosts will get to decide for themselves which events to include, with a recommendation of 15 in total. A lot of this is about making it viable for more cities to … Continue reading So, what events should be in the commonwealth games?

The pressure of being a superstar athlete

Kudos to Simone Biles for prioritising her mental health over simply "pushing through" and performing because that's what everyone expects her to do. It really does feel like things have changed recently, with top athletes being more open about the pressures of doing what they do. None of us can really imagine what it's like … Continue reading The pressure of being a superstar athlete

Are young people more concerned about social responsibility?

On the back of the Ronaldo/Coca-Cola issue this week, and also NZ Rugby/Ineos, I've seen quite a lot of chat about how sport needs to adapt to a "Gen Z" or "Millennial" audience that is increasingly concerned about environmental issues and social responsibility. Thought I'd check out the data on this. I've broken the 16-24s … Continue reading Are young people more concerned about social responsibility?

Anatomy of a European football fan

With Euro 2020 almost upon us, I wanted to take a look at the demographics, interests, brand and media preferences of football fans from across the continent. I've used GWI data to paint a picture of football fans from England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia and Turkey. Here are some … Continue reading Anatomy of a European football fan

ESL and the ‘fans of the future’

So the proposed European Super League has caused quite a stir. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a proposal be met with such universal disapproval from fans, media, NGBs, federations and governments. Putting aside the general debate on whether this is good for the game as a whole (I don’t think it is), does the … Continue reading ESL and the ‘fans of the future’

Can it be true that only 26% of UK sports fans are female?

YouGov Sport put out some nice research the other day, looking at sports fans across various European markets. One of the most startling pieces of data is that only 26% of sports fans in the UK are female - a much lower figure than any other country in Europe, where it's at least 40%. Can this … Continue reading Can it be true that only 26% of UK sports fans are female?