Football apart, UK has no reason to envy Iceland

June 28, 2016

The Nordic nation outshone England on the pitch but its EU trade ties are nothing to emulate. It has the single market access that Britain already enjoys, only without any say over the rules. Nor can it dodge the free movement of people or contributions to the bloc’s budget.

China’s sports deals hit the hogwash jackpot

May 31, 2016

Mainland money is pouring into Western teams, rights, agents, and competitions. Bold M&A often comes with empty talk and hyperbole. The world of sport is not much better. Throw in the grand designs of China’s political leaders and you have a near-unbeatable trifecta of nonsense.

Leicester City upends “size is everything” mantra

May 3, 2016

The lowly UK soccer club has, remarkably, won the Premier League. Victory in Britain’s top division had been the preserve of a five-club oligopoly since 1992, and Leicester was a 5000-1 outsider. Businesses facing seemingly unbreakable glass ceilings have a new role model.

Sports turns into pricey contest for Chinese tech

March 30, 2016

Entertainment group LeSports has raised $1.2 bln to take on giants like Alibaba and Tencent. With the tech sector flush with cash, and sports in favour politically, another costly battle for market dominance looms. Unproven business models raise the stakes further.

The Exchange podcast: El Presidente of Barstool Sports

By Rob Cox
February 3, 2016

Dave Portnoy, founder of the oft-controversial sports blog website, swings by Times Square to discuss the sale of a majority stake to The Chernin Group, his plans for world domination, moving to New York and a Super Bowl without the Patriots.

A creative NFL would lean in to Sheryl Sandberg as commissioner

October 8, 2014

Furors over domestic violence and concussion risks have made U.S. football and boss Roger Goodell vulnerable. An unconventional idea for a replacement is Facebook’s No. 2. Sandberg would bring the female presence the league needs. She, too, might have something to gain.

German soccer glory was predictable – with luck

July 13, 2014

Brazil’s World Cup was first-rate entertainment, thanks to many surprising results. In finance, as in sport, forecasting is a dangerous game. But it is where the greatest value lies. The key is to draw conclusions from pertinent facts. Luck helps, too.

If only Argentine economy matched soccer success

July 13, 2014

The nation’s strong World Cup showing reflects astute management of its big fan base and valuable on-field talent. That contrasts with a 100-year record of wasting its human and natural resources. Avoiding policy own-goals could one day make Argentina an economic champion, too.

Evonik in $400 mln soccer deal it doesn’t need

June 30, 2014

The German specialty chemicals company is buying a 9 percent stake in a first-tier soccer team, emulating Adidas, Audi, Allianz and Bayern Munich. But Evonik’s products don’t reach end users. The potential benefits of its deal with Borussia Dortmund are hazy at best.

Numbers show Germany will beat Brazil to World Cup

June 27, 2014

The football-mad host nation has cruised into the knock-out stages of soccer’s jamboree. Some fancied rivals have gone home early. But a Breakingviews calculator – based on hard numbers like transfer value, population and public engagement – suggests Germany will lift the trophy.