The Sport Business Summit 2016: Spotlight On The Murky World Of Football Player Transfers:

“England simply do not have the same aura of old. Opposition teams are no longer cowed in their presence”. This was the conclusion of the Guardian newspaper’s football writers, Daniel Taylor and Dominic Fifield following the 0-0 draw with Slovenia on 11th October. They pointed out that matches abroad against England no longer appear to […]

Filed under: Sports | Posted on October 18th, 2016 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Sport Business Summit 2015: Money Is the Name Of the Game:

“Sports”, the American social campaigner and journalist, Heywood Broun, once remarked, “Do not build character. They reveal it”. So would he have approved of just how commercialized this sector has become – epitomized by the event which took place at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium on the 7th & 8th October? Organized by the “Leaders In […]

Filed under: Sports | Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Perils & Profits: The Impact Of Wimbledon Fortnight On The Local Community:

If you’re a tennis fan, you’ve presumably been keenly anticipating the start of the 2015 Tennis Championships (29th June – 12th July). Whether watching the action on TV or attending in person, you’ll have two weeks (or more, if it rains) to enjoy the shock eliminations, the loud grunts, the tense tie-breaks, the losers’ tears […]

Filed under: Sports | Posted on June 29th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Sky’s Not The Limit: Higher Prices For the UK’s Movie Channel Viewers:

If by chance you haven’t yet seen the film “Love Actually” (made in 2003 with Hugh Grant as British Prime Minister) don’t worry. It will almost certainly be shown on Sky Movies this week, the next one and indeed indefinitely. The same applies to the many other productions which appear with unerring regularity on Sky […]

Filed under: Media, Sports | Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The Price Of Loyalty: UK Football Fans’ Annual Dilemma:

The 2014/15 Season is now over. At the time of writing, there’s just the Arsenal v Aston Villa FA Cup match on 30th May to be decided. There’s no World Cup this year. So from the beginning of June, the millions of people in the UK for whom this is their favourite sport will be […]

Filed under: Sports | Posted on May 24th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

An Aversion To Water? Keeping Afloat In Austerity Britain:

The renowned Jamaican reggae singer, Bob Marley, once admitted that he “didn’t swim too tough”. So he never went “too deep into the water”. That was despite the fact that he came from a tropical island famed for its “warm seas, beautiful coastline and serene beaches” Marley’s misgivings about venturing away from “terra firma” are […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Sports | Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

UEFA Champions League: The Media, The Rules & “The Special One”:

Over the last couple of weeks, the “Marmite Test” has been back in the news. If you don’t know what that is, it refers to the “dark brown yeast spread” on sale in most supermarkets. You can easily recognize the bottles: They are small, squat with distinctive yellow, red, green and white labels. As”Redbrick Research” […]

Filed under: Media, Sports | Posted on March 12th, 2015 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

Will The 2012 Paralympics Benefit The Disabled?

Back in June 2012, Eurostar announced that it would be providing “specially adapted services” for international Paralympians travelling to London to participate in the Games starting on 29th August. The Eurostar Chief Executive, Nicolas Petrovic, proudly proclaimed that the modified trains – which would be able to carry up to 18 wheelchair users – were […]

Filed under: Healthcare, Society, Sports | Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

The “Olympic Festival”: Sceptics Subdued – For The Moment:

Earl Warren, the former US Chief Justice & Governor of California, always “turned first to the sports pages when reading a newspaper”. Why? Because they “record people’s accomplishments” whereas  “the front page has nothing but man’s failures”. He would, therefore, presumably have approved of the massive coverage the British Press have given to the Olympic […]

Filed under: Media, Sports | Posted on July 30th, 2012 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

On The Brink Of The Olympics: Decisive Moment For London 2012:

“Let the moaning end and the Olympics begin”: That was the headline in the “Independent” newspaper on Friday 13th July. Their columnist, John Walsh, pointed out in his article that there isn’t one aspect of the Games that hasn’t been disparaged. The “bullying sponsors”, Visa’s “credit card monopoly”, the alleged “ticket sales fiasco”, the “excessive […]

Filed under: Media, Sports | Posted on July 16th, 2012 by Colin D Gordon | No Comments »

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