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Hans Westerbeek

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I have seen the future (of sport) and it is about sustainability and analytics

The grass is always greener on the other side… Or is it? I am on my way back home – to Melbourne – the most liveable city in the world as judged by a panel of wise women and men. And indeed, I live and love living in Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) because of how great a city it is, with so much …

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Is India the sleeping giant of world sport?

If the size of a nation’s population is an indicator of the talent pool for elite sporting success, then India should be alongside China on the Olympic medal rankings. But it is not. Whilst China consistently appears in the top three of medal rankings, India is painfully absent from the top 20, hove…

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The Champions League semi-finals - first signs that AS Roma leads football into the digital age?

Paul Rogers (@paulrogers73) is the Head of Digital Media at AS Roma. Headquartered in Boston, he is spearheading the Italian football icon’s journey into digital. I was fortunate enough to be (again) chairing the @BOSSummit, Business of Sport Summit (http://sportsleaders.com.au) in Sydney last mon…

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Value destruction in sport business - the case of Australian cricket

The land down under is built on the foundations of convict labour. Boats full of unwanted ‘criminals’ landed in Sydney and Melbourne just over 200 years ago to be put to work to build modern Australia – the rulers of England could sentence you to be deported to the Australian penal colony for steali…

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Tokyo 2020 and the future of sport business

On the front pages of the Japan News, throughout my few days in Tokyo, the pressing matters regarding our future are laid out to me. Climate scientists are alarmed about the unprecedented ‘above average’ temperatures in the Arctic. Trump is threatening to unleash a trade war, even when this clearly …

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The costs (or benefits) of Olympic Winter gold

It is the final day of the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Unlike many Australians, most of whom would prefer the Summer Games or even the Commonwealth Games as a two-week broadcast or social media sport watching overdose, I have looked up the day’s results on the Olympic Winter ap…

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Lance Armstrong was only the leader in the doping peloton: cycling doping doctor explosive confessions

Peter Janssen was a doctor in the cycling peloton for more than two decades. At the age of 75, from his home in Thailand, he seems to seek salvation for his sins. In an explosive exposé, he fully discloses his systematic experimenting and provision of epo and blood transfusions in particular, and of…

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why the UFC is leaving boxing for dead

The objective of the fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is pretty much the same as that of boxers in various rivalling boxing associations – to smash or punch the living daylights out of each other. However, UFC is raking it in all over the world whereas boxing, the established cen…

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Olympic Games: any takers?

Reality has finally caught up with the International Olympic Committee. In a world that is becoming more volatile economically, politically and socially the Olympic Games attract the wrong attention. An event that has become too big for its own good, too hard, too risky and too expensive to organise…

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Margaret Court and Marriage Equality

It has taken a while to get started on this blog.... Recently returned from Harvard Business School I have found myself out of time and out of breath! Managed to take in a few NBA finals and baseball games during the rare downtime - saw Lebron play against Isiah, the Red Sox in Boston's Fenway Park …

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A warm sport business intelligence welcome

Welcome to my blog. Sport Business Intelligence is all about the stuff that is happening in the global sport business industry that requires smart analysis, evidence, interpretation, triangulation, and last but not least, opinion founded on the previous bits. I will put forward my bit, but increasin…

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