The Cost of a Major Sports Event

Major sporting events not only provide a great spectacle, but also lasting legacies for the nations in which they are held. With so many factors to consider before, during and after an event, how much do you think a major, global sporting event costs?

London 2012 Olympics – Last summer saw one of the greatest sporting events ever held on British shores, the London 2012 Olympics. Held between 17th July – 12th August, the Games were a celebration of both British culture and global sporting excellence – but be assured, this came at a hefty price. The total cost for the event came to approximately £11bn. The money came from a range of sources including the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited, Olympic Delivery Authority, National Lottery, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Greater London Authority.

2010 FIFA World Cup – The 19th FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa in June and July 2010. This was a huge occasion for football as it saw the first ever African nation host the finals and it turned out to be a huge financial success. The total cost of the event came to £21.6m, however ticket sales revenue totalled £185m and, additionally, TV rights revenue amounted to a huge £1.5bn.

2011 Rugby World Cup – Autumn 2011 saw the Rugby World Cup return to the Southern Hemisphere. Held in 12 towns and cities throughout New Zealand’s North and South Islands, the tournament truly reflected the New Zealand Rugby Union’s desire to make it a nationwide event. With approximately four million global viewers, the total cost of the event came to £19.8m, a small price tag, many New Zealanders would say, for the host nation to capture the William Webb Ellis Cup on home soil.
2012 Superbowl – The Superbowl is a huge event within the sporting calendar, particularly in the United States. The 2012 final between the New York Giants and New England Patriots was viewed by 111 million people. The total cost came to £17.2m, with ticket sales revenue totalling £44.4m; but it may not come as a shock that this event raked in £12.9bn in TV rights revenue, the most of all the sporting events on this list.

There’s no doubt that sports event management is tough when it comes to large-scale, multi-site events. With organizing committees wanting to keep costs to a minimum, it is imperative that factors such as employee scheduling and workforce management are not overseen. It is by cutting down on unwanted administrative costs and figuring out the exact size of the workforce required that money can be saved. By investing in bespoke employee scheduling and volunteer management software, a lot of money could be saved in the long run.

All The Good in Sports – Book Review

Sports personalities are so often revered for their physical accomplishments or else shunned for their moral faults. The world puts these people on a pedestal and expects them not to be human. Mike Sandrolini takes a closer look and finds something spectacular to cheer about in his offering, “All the Good in Sports: True Stories That go Beyond the Headlines.”

With twenty contemporary sports personalities, sportswriter Sandrolini goes behind the top scores and record breaking events to get personal with the special purpose of each of these stars. They are all quite human and reveal their humbling efforts to share their faith. Christian Hosoi, of skateboarding fame, shares his story of finding God in his jail cell. Mariano Rivera, Yankees’ 1999 World Series MVP, explains how he is grateful to God and how he enjoys gathering with young minor leaguers for Bible study. Mary Lou Retton, the famed gold medal winning gymnast, is now a motivational speaker and author and openly shares her dedication to being a Christian. Matt Hasselbeck, Ruth Riley, Payne Stewart, and Dave Downing, among others, also reveal their faith.

Clearly demonstrating that it’s not all about the multi millions, Wheaties boxes, and adoring fans, the athletes exhibited here are so much more. Author Mike Sandrolini presents a higher purpose than winning the game in his stories. Well presented and interesting to read, the collection is based on sports and faith. To any Christian sports enthusiast, this book is sure to be a huge inspiration.

All the Good in Sports

by Mike Sandrolini

ISBN-10: 0830744746

Review by Heather Froeschl

Scenario of Indian Sports Arena

Sports are essential part of a healthy daily routine. Sports do not only exercise the body muscles, but also deliver freshness and keep active. India has a great sporting history as there are many sports like Kabaddi, Wrestling, and Swimming etc., which are the important elements of Indian culture. Basically sports are of two types – indoor and outdoor. Indoor sports include the games like Billiards, Chess, etc whether the outdoor games have Cricket, Football, and Wrestling etc. In ancient time the people of India had many interesting sports for their entertainment and refreshment, especially outdoor sports. In fact, some sports have their origin in the roots of Indian culture like Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, and boat racing etc.

In present Indian sports scenario, Cricket is the most prominent sport in which India has an excellent track record. Football is another popular game in some parts of India, but Cricket has more popularity among the Indians. There are some world level sporting events in India, but most of them are devoted to Cricket. Also there are events for other games like Hockey Premier League. India has hosted many international sporting events as Hockey World Cup, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in the past.

Apart from Cricket, Indians have delivered some excellent knocks in International sports. Indians have won many medals in Commonwealth and Asian games. In fact, Indians are the world champions in the games like Chess, Billiards etc. They were also the world Hockey champions for many times in the past. In tennis and shuttling there are some brilliant talents in India. Currently Delhi is going to host its first Commonwealth games in 2010. Indian Premier League is a well known sporting event in India, which is among the most successful domestic events in international level.

Many sporting authorities are working towards the wellness of the sports in India. Sporting bodies get aids from the government of India for developing the infrastructure and nurturing the growing talent. India has some world level stadiums like Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyanchand stadiums etc. which have standard facilities world sports persons. These bodies are supposed to arrange the basic requirements for their concerned sports. Some legendary sports persons from India made a great impact on world stage. Major Dyanchand from hockey, Sachin Tendulkar from cricket, Pulela Gopichand from shuttling, Abhinav Bindra from shooting, Geet Sethi and Pankaj Advani from Billiards, V Anand from chess are among some of the sports persons who left a grand impact in international sports arena.

As India has some world level athletes and sports persons, they are very few as compared to other countries and population of India. Sporting authorities should concentrate on developing new talent from the roots. More sporting events should be organized to promote the sports in low levels. Sports persons have to move towards big cities for better facilities, since in there is the lack of basic requirements in towns. Still Indians have to prove their capabilities in Olympics, the greatest sporting event in international scenario. Indians have won very few personal medals in Olympics. Lack of basic requirements, fundamental facilities and promotional sporting events in root level are the main reasons behind the failure of Indian athletes in the big events like Olympics.

Six of the Best British Sports Commentators

We all have our own ideas of who has been the very best of sports commentators over the years but we all must also admit that the standards set in those early years of sports coverage on TV produced the present day precedents.

The reason to say that is the uniqueness of the job; TV only really came into being in the 1950’s and sports coverage, particularly live events did not really keep us glued to our TV sets until the early 60’s. This meant that those early commentators were ‘guinea pigs’ and to survive originality and a certain uniqueness had to prevail.

It should also be remembered that sports commentators in those early years did not have anything like the technical assistance of today, nor did they have the facility of a sporting expert alongside them in the commentary box. They also had a different set of rules to conform too, particularly regarding impartiality and/or personal opinion. Just to make sure that they delivered the goods, they also had omnipresent TV producers insisting on them having the ability to know their sports inside out and to have a comprehensive understanding of the rules as well as comprehensive background knowledge of the sport.

Additionally many commentators were required to carry out personal research on the protagonists, the history of the said sport and the current trends; but most importantly they were required to deliver the commentary with an eloquence that the listener could relate to and which included the ability to raise the levels of excitement as and when necessary. Six commentators that this author feels fitted those early requirements the best are:

  1. Bill McLaren – Rugby Union:- Bill died just about a year ago in January 2010 and he took to his grave the ‘voice of rugby union’, not just in a domestic sense but also in an international sense. Bill brought exuberance to rugby union commentary that the listener never tired of listening to. He had perfect timing, knew when to get excited and despite his Scottish roots was always impartial whether it be a Calcutta Cup match or England v France.
  2. Dan Maskell – Tennis:- If Bill McLaren was the voice of rugby union, Dan Maskell was most certainly the ‘voice of tennis’. His commentaries at Wimbledon throughout the 60s, 70s and the 80’s and retired after commentating on the all German Wimbledon final of 1991 between Michael Stich and Boris Becker. Often understated Dan’s adjectives are still very much in evidence today; phrases such as ” a truly wonderful shot” and “Oh I Say” are still in common use with the modern day commentators.
  3. Sir Peter O’Sullivan– Horse Racing:- There is still a great reverence surrounding the ‘Voice of horse racing’ that everyone involved with the sport still respects. He is the man who made the Grand National the race it is today and the man, through his profound knowledge, brought new meaning to the abilities of the race horses, trainers and jockeys themselves. He was a very difficult man to follow, ask Jim McGrath of the BBC!
  4. Harry Carpenter– Boxing:- “Know what I mean Arry” in the words of former heavyweight champion, Frank Bruno, summed up in many ways of ‘Harry’s’ standing in the world of boxing. Commentating on which has to be regarded as the most brutal of all televised sports requires, huge tact and sensitivity which Harry had in abundance. He was a man who always knew where to draw the line but he never failed to deliver knock out lines, who could ever forget this “Oh, he’s got him with a right hand! He’s got him! Oh, you can’t believe it. And I don’t think Foreman’s going to get up. He’s trying to beat the count. And he’s out! Oh my God, he’s won the title back at 32! said at the end of the ‘rumble in the Jungle’ heavyweight title clash between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.
  5. Richie Benaud– Cricket:- Regarded by many as one of the most influential personalities of world and particularly Ashes cricket, Richie Benaud became even more influential as a BBC commentator after he retired from cricket in the mid-60’s. Brutally honest, with a cynicism that brought new dimensions to sports commentary, Benaud was a man who knew what the cricket listener wanted to hear often introducing new ‘one liners’ such as “The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss at the right time” that have not just become synonymous with him but also cricket in general.
  6. Kenneth Wolstenholme– Football:- “Some people are on the pitch….they think it’s all over…..It is now!” the immortal one liner uttered as Sir Geoff Hurst netted the fourth and final goal to seal an England victory in the 1966 World Cup will never be forgotten. Ken was the lead commentator for the BBC in the 50’s and 60’s and as such set the standard that only few have reached since. His impeccable timing was his great hallmark and the fact that his voice was all that was ever necessary during any match he commentated on.

6 Ways to Identify a Counterfeit Sports Jersey

With the popularity of sports jerseys growing dramatically over the past decade, so have the number of fake or counterfeit jerseys being offered as authentic. Unfortunately, counterfeit jerseys are big business. It is estimated that tens of millions of dollars are lost each year to counterfeiters. Legitimate sales are lost, producer’s royalties are unpaid, and the sports fans get inferior quality merchandise – everybody loses!

Many scam artists set up shop and peddle their fake merchandise at sporting events and temporary locations. The sales pitch usually starts with a bargain price. This is usually the hook that is used to lure the prospective buyer into a high-pressure sales pitch.

The vendor may tell you that the reason for the bargain price is that they received a great deal on overstocked merchandise, or they were lucky enough to buy out the stock of a going-out-of-business retailer. And of course, this all comes with a “guarantee” that the sports jersey is the real thing. Don’t buy it!

Most likely these sports jerseys are knock-offs (unauthorized copies) shipped in from overseas. These fakes usually come with poor quality materials and inferior manufacturing processes. Bad stitching, faded colors, off-sizes, and all-around cheap appearance are common characteristics of the counterfeit jersey.

These same unscrupulous vendors have gone high tech by selling their fake merchandise on the internet. If you want to try your hand at buying that favorite sports jersey at one of the online auctions – think again! It is estimated that up to 95% of the Mitchell & Ness throwback jerseys sold on eBay are counterfeits.

Law enforcement agencies are starting to police these fake sports jerseys and the vendors that sell them. The counterfeit jerseys are being confiscated and the vendors arrested. Selling or manufacturing counterfeit jerseys is a very serious crime. Penalties for a first offense are a fine of up to $2 million and 10 years in prison. A second offense virtually doubles these penalties.

Despite these efforts, there is still a huge black market for the counterfeit jerseys. The policing agencies are just not staffed up to stop the large inflow of these fake jerseys coming in from overseas. So, your best advice is – Buyer Beware!

Follow these 6 tips and you can be assured that your next purchase will be the “real deal” – an authorized, high-quality official sports jersey:

* Be suspicious of prices too good to be true – they usually are.

* Don’t buy your jersey from a street vendor – authorized dealers rarely market authentic sport jerseys in stadium parking lots or on street corners.

* Look at the jersey carefully. Fakes usually have poor stitching and faded (or wrong) team colors.

* Believe it or not, check the spelling of the name of the team or player. Fakes often have misspellings. Think about it – a name like R-o-e-t-h-l-i-s-b-e-r-g-e-r just isn’t that easy to get right.

* Look for the official sport logo – NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, etc. Most official jerseys display the league logo in the form of a hologram.

* Official jerseys display the name of the licensed manufacturer and a trademark — this is a must.

Remember – if the “deal” sounds too good, it probably is! Smart sports fans, like you, make their sports jersey purchases from reputable, licensed merchants and take pride in knowing that they are wearing the REAL DEAL!