Full-Format London Meeting: ET&F’s First Annual “Major”?

Those carefully following the recent IAAF World Championships in London would be hard-pressed not to feel that something special was going on for the ten days of this large meeting. Crowds were consistently big (apparently filling the 50,000 seat venue on a daily basis), the stadium looked great, there were many good competitive performances, and… Continue reading Full-Format London Meeting: ET&F’s First Annual “Major”?

NBC Gold at IAAF World Championships: Good but Fractional Product

Having forked over the cash to watch NBC Gold’s ET&F coverage, I am generally pleased by the product: lots of unedited live feeds without the annoying NBC commentators! Most of what I watch is completely free of commentary. While this is less than optimum in the ideal case (Chris Fowler and Chris Evert doing an… Continue reading NBC Gold at IAAF World Championships: Good but Fractional Product

Nationalism: Limited Value to Successful Sports Businesses and ET&F

Nationalism can inject necessary energy into challenging pursuits. The Apollo days harnessed Cold War nationalism to generate remarkable technical achievements. However, as no astronauts have left low-Earth orbit for 40+ years, it is clear that the shelf-life of this stimulus is limited. I believe that the same goes for nationalism in sports, particularly Elite Track… Continue reading Nationalism: Limited Value to Successful Sports Businesses and ET&F