No Holds Barred: April 2017

No Holds Barred is the podcast from SB Weekly where three leading sports executives reveal their industry bugbears, question accepted wisdom, and try to make sense of the major developments currently impacting the global business of sport.

This month's edition features Matt Rogan (Chairman of Two Circles and Executive Director at ESP Properties), Simon Banoub (Global Director of Marketing at Catapult Sports) and Richard Gillis (Founder of Unofficial Partner).

Topics discussed include:

  • Why technology rarely solves rights-holder problems, and can actually cause more damage than good 
  • How and why the media needs to be more responsible when building stories around data
  • Why 'passion' has become the default focus for lazy sponsorship activations.

Hussain Naqi, Senior Vice-President, Jacksonville Jaguars

Hussain Naqi, Senior Vice-President at NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the feature interview on this week's SB Weekly podcast.

Though based in Florida, the Jaguars have played one home regular season game in London every year since 2013 as part of the NFL International Series.

Based in London, Hussain heads up International Development for the team, overseeing the growth of the brand and sponsorship sales efforts in the UK.

On the podcast, Hussain discusses:

  • What British Jaguars fans look like, and the growing fan demographics
  • The Jaguars sponsorship sell to potential UK brand partners
  • Grassroots activities to drive participation in American Football
  • The benefits of working closely with the commercial team at Fulham FC
  • Working closely with owner Shahid Khan, and what has made him such as successful businessman
  • The content strategy to drive strong fan engagement.

No Holds Barred: March 2017

The March edition of No Holds Barred features features Jim Dowling (Managing Director, Havas Sports & Entertainment Cake), Oli Slipper (Co-Founder of PERFORM) and Eoin Connolly (Editor of SportsPro).

No Holds Barred is the podcast from SB Weekly where three leading sports executives reveal their industry bugbears, question accepted wisdom, and try to make sense of the major developments currently impacting the global business of sport.

Topics discussed include:

  • The problem with the word "right", and why it is getting in the way of collaborative brand partnerships
  • Where rights-holders should fit the major social media platforms into their media distribution strategy
  • Why sport has some of entertainment's best storylines - but needs to start telling them better.

Paul Samuels, Executive Vice-President at AEG Global Partnerships

Paul Samuels, Executive Vice-President at AEG Global Partnerships, is the feature interview on this week's SB Weekly.

Part of sports and entertainment giant AEG - which owns numerous venues and sports teams across the world - AEG Global Partnerships is responsible for creating, selling and servicing marketing and other strategic opportunities for AEG assets.

Paul manages the Global Partnerships division outside the United States and has negotiated deals with numerous blue-chip brands including O2, with whom he recently signed a 10-year naming rights extension for the AEG-run O2 Arena in London. 

On the podcast, Paul discusses:

  • Why O2's naming rights partnership with AEG works, and how it very nearly didn't happen in the first place
  • How rights-holders have to be hugely creative in their sponsorship proposals, just to get brand attention
  • Rapid global growth for AEG and how the investment opportunities come about
  • Why the ultimate success in sponsorship is renewing with a partner
  • Exactly how the demands of both rights-holders and sponsor brands have changed during the last decade
  • The huge opportunities presented by VR, and why AEG is perfectly positioned to capitalise on them.

Carsten Thode, Chief Strategy Officer, Synergy

Carsten Thode, Chief Strategy Officer at Synergy, is the feature interview on this week's SB Weekly.

Part of the Engine Group, Synergy positions itself as a brand-facing, creatively-driven and digitally-native sports agency that focuses on delivering business value for its array of clients, which include Standard Life Investments, Canterbury and Beko.

Carsten started out his career at management consultancy Marakon Associates - working with clients such as Diageo, Schweppes and Lloyds TSB. En route to Synergy he also had a short stint at Manchester United as Head of Strategic Relationships. 

On the podcast, Carsten discusses:

  • What's exciting for sports marketing in 2017
  • How Synergy is rapidly improving its offering through the Engine Group's capabilities
  • Work being done to optimise the delivery of branded content
  • Why there's a large disconnect between rights-holder and brand thinking
  • How the Formula One 'walled garden' is going to come down - to the benefit of agencies and brands
  • Why the age of the influencer is over - brands now want micro-influencers
  • What annoys him about the sports marketing sector in America specifically.