David Tossell: How one-day cricket changed the game
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
1y ago
In 2023, one-day cricket enjoyed its 60th birthday. David Tossell has written a book on the evolution of the format. He describes those early days as “nicely naïve”. But, at the same time, they were the foundation for every major innovation in cricket ever since. These days, the 50-over game is under an existential threat due to the rise of T20. Can it survive, is it worth saving and what would be its legacy? We discussed all this and more on this episode of Sports Content Strategy Topics Why one-day cricket first started? Its early evolution The formative years of the Gillette Cup The influen ..read more
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Ricardo Fort: Sports Sponsorship 101
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
Ricardo Fort has led the sponsorship strategy for brands at World Cups and Olympics. After a long, successful career with the likes of Coca-Cola and Visa, he has set up his own consulting firm. In this podcast, Ricardo gives straight answers to key questions in sports sponsorship and outlines how content fits in. This is a sophisticated 101 for anyone interested in working in the commercial department at a major sports organisation. Is sponsorship just about "hanging out with the cool kids" Does there always have to be a positive financial return? "The brands want to be relevant, most brands ..read more
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Alex Phillips - The most influential football administrator you' ve never heard of
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
Alex Phillips does not look or sound like a revolutionary but his ideas could shake up football. He spent 15 years at Uefa, including a couple as Head of Compliance and Governance. He was seconded to the Asian Football Confederation for three years and now leads the World Football Remission Fund, a FIFA body administrating how money "stolen from the game" should be returned for its overall benefit. Phillips has been described as "the most influential football administrator you have never heard of". Certainly, he has an analytical eye and passion for reform. In this podcast, we discuss good gov ..read more
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Claire Nelson: Scottish netball and creating the ultimate female spectator sport
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
The challenges facing netball are different to other sports. While we have seen growth in women's football, tennis and boxing in recent years, it has always occurred through the lens (or perhaps in the shadow) of established male forebears. Netball does not have this baggage. Its story, product and message can be tailored specifically toward women and girls. Claire Nelson is CEO of Netball Scotland and the Strathclyde Sirens. Her focus is to capitalise on this advantage and carve out a unique niche for the sport north of the border. In this podcast, we discuss the key areas in which she is con ..read more
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Tom Dunmore: Launching Major League Cricket
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
For the past two decades, cricket has been trying to cross new boundaries. Previously, its global footprint mirrored its past as the game of the British Empire but, in recent years, countries like the Netherlands, Namibia and Afghanistan have risen to prominence In the next 10 years, the game will try to cross its biggest and most important new frontier - the USA. They have been awarded co-hosting rights for the 2024 T20 World Cup and a buzz is building around the chances of inclusion in the Olympics in Los Angeles four years later. Minor League Cricket started last season and its Major League ..read more
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Brian Jacks: Olympian, Superstar and maybe... UFC coach
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
Brian Jacks was a household in the UK in the 1980s. The pinnacle of the judo player’s sporting success came when he won a bronze medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972. But a few years later he would become much more famous as the UK and European champion in Superstars, a popular television programme that saw the best athletes of the day compete in events outside their niche. The show grew throughout the world to become perhaps the first modern example of how sporting heroes could cross into mainstream media, with all its financial benefits, through light entertainment television. Now living in ..read more
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Grant Russell: Find a unique story, stick to the story, live the story
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
Motherwell FC have lifted only one trophy in the past 30 years. However, off the pitch, they beat off competition from Manchester United, Everton and Leicester to win the Best Digital/Social Media category at the Football Business Awards this year. Grant Russell is the club’s Head of Brand, Digital and Communications. In this episode, he talks about the thinking, discipline and creativity that have gone into building a stand-out story for an otherwise overlooked Scottish team. This is a deep dive into content strategy and, like me, Russell believes in cutting through clutter with a strict, rea ..read more
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Ed Warner: How to run a modern sport
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
2y ago
Ed Warner has something to say. After a decade as chair of UK Athletics (including the 2017 World Championships in London) and a few years in his current role with GB Wheelchair rugby, he is well-placed to comment on the stresses and strains of running a modern sport. Warner wrote a book, Sports Inc, on the subject a few years ago and has just started a blog of the same name. In this podcast, we discuss many of the key issues required to steer a sporting ship towards success: leadership styles, funding models, changing content strategies, marketing, elite sport v participation, bringing in pri ..read more
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George Crabb: How to create the perfect sports app
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
3y ago
Given its increasingly strategic importance within sports business, it is surprising how many rights-holders produce sub-standard apps. To try and solve this issue, I spoke to George Crabb, Managing Director at The Other Media. This well-established digital agency have a rich history in working with rights-holders to create mobile applications of the highest quality. We collaborated to refashion the Arsenal app a decade ago but usage, connectivity, monetisation and the art-of-the-possible have moved forward rapidly since then. In this extensive podcast, we delve into the most basic questions i ..read more
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Vijhay Vick: Content strategy for teams who win the league every year
Sports Content Strategy with Mr Richard Clarke
by Rich Clarke, MrRichardClarke
3y ago
It is the content strategy problem we would all like to have. How do you create a story about a team that has won the league seven seasons in a row (and an eighth is expected to follow soon)? Johor Darul Ta'zim (or JDT) are a team on a mission. They were re-formed in 2013 with a new nickname, the Southern Tigers, under the guidance of the Crown Prince of Johor. They won their first title a year later and the AFC Cup (the Asian version of the Europa League) 12 months after that. They have gone on to dominate Malaysian football. But their tone on social media has brought them as much attention a ..read more
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