BLOG | by Sarah Potter ... We observe how FIFA’s strategy is paying off in the MENA region, how it's attracting younger audiences and making a good impression among football fans
BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... In the weeks when there’s no cricket being played out, soccer in India can be the country’s most-watched sport. Although TV audiences don’t tend to get close to the country’s favourite pastime – watching T20 cricket – it’s testament to the Indian Super League’s organisers that a competition which is only five years old can achieve such a profile.
BLOG | by Joseph Eapen ... A definite pecking order now seems to have been established in Indian sport, according to the data we collect every day in India as part of our SportsIndex service. As you would expect, cricket is at the top of that ranking. The percentage of Indians who have ever watched the IPL soars away at 71%. But while the IPL dominates the Indian market, it has not put other sports completely in the shade.
DATA INSIGHTS | by YouGov ... Following a deluge of racist abuse directed at the England players during their Euro 2020 qualifying match. Brits say it’s time players left the field if they are subject to racial insults from the fans. Most Brits think players should abandon games completely if unacceptable abuse continues after warnings.
BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... With all football seasons across Europe now well-underway, we have been thinking about what draws people to attend matches – and whether those factors differ across leagues. So we polled football fans in five countries which are home to major soccer leagues and asked these supporters what made them turn up each week – as well as what keeps them away. As you might expect, we found some interesting differences between markets.
BLOG | by Charlie Dundas ... As you may have read this month, sports apparel manufacturer New Balance is taking Liverpool FC to court to extend its kit deal with the club. Reports suggest that New Balance matched Nike’s offer, as they were entitled to under a clause in their current contract, only for the Reds to plough ahead with a deal with the Oregon-based manufacturer regardless. We thought we’d take a look at why New Balance is quite so keen to renew its deal with the club.
BLOG | by Frank Saez ... With the Arabian Gulf League now underway, we have polled people living in the United Arab Emirates to get a feel for what they perceive as the competition’s strengths and weaknesses.
BLOG | by Edgar Raposo ... This week, Lufthansa announced an extension of its sponsorship deal with Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB), Germany’s national football federation.
BLOG | by Ted Harwood ... Bookmaker Paddy Power got the media talking last week over its controversial shirt sponsorship of English Football League club, Huddersfield Town FC.
BLOG | by Ted Harwood ... New data has revealed that the proportion of Brits who tuned in to at least part of the ICC Cricket World Cup grew by two-thirds by the end of the tournament – at least partly thanks to Sky’s decision to make the final available free-to-air.