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The Business of Sport

Friday 26 April 2013, 16:56

Guy Kilty Guy Kilty


We talk about the business of football all the time on 5 live, but the financial side of some of the UK's other big spectator sports doesn't always get the same coverage.

To try and redress that balance, all next week 5 live Breakfast's business reporter Andy Verity is taking a look at five of our most popular sports, and seeing whether their numbers add up.

It promises to be an interesting week, and we really want to hear from you. Get in touch if you've got a question about the way these sports are run and we'll put them directly to the decision-makers.

On Monday he'll kick off with Rugby League and a visit to the home of the reigning Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos, for a chat with the club's chief executive, as well as his counterpart at Salford City Reds.

Andy will then put their questions – as well as yours – to one of the top men at the Rugby Football League (RFL), the game's governing body. Clubs running into financial trouble, and the impact of Super League's salary cap will be just two of the topics up for discussion.

Once everything's done and dusted in Leeds, we'll head down the road to Sheffield's Crucible Theatre to speak to some of the key men in the game of snooker.

Veteran commentator Clive Everton, and a former Crucible champion, will give their views on the transformation of the game under World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn, along with the man who runs the show.

On Wednesday it's horse racing's turn from Ascot racecourse in Berkshire. As racing reels from a doping scandal that has resulted in an eight-game ban for Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, Andy will speak to the key people about where things go from here.

Wembley Stadium is the venue on Thursday, as we look at the development currently going on in women's football.

Two FA Women's Super League club bosses will be joining Andy to talk about the way things are changing, as will Kelly Simmons, the head of the women's game at the FA.

Finally, we'll head to Lord's to talk county cricket. It's day two of Middlesex vs Surrey at the home of cricket, so Andy will have a chat to the chief executives of the two sides.

Later, he'll speak to the man at the England and Wales Cricket Board ECB who runs the county game, to find out how he's planning to get more fans through the turnstiles.

Make sure you listen to 5 live Breakfast next week to hear all of these interviews, and get in touch if you've got any questions by posting comments below.

The Business of Sport is on 5 live Breakfast Monday 29 April to Friday 3 March.


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    Comment number 1.

    Any chance of hearing how much BBC spends on the different sports they cover? In vague terms as I know they will never expose contract costs exactly.
    Without coverage income, many sports depend on sponsorship and I wonder how any of those mentioned above choose the businesses and companies to approach.

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    Comment number 2.

    Intresting blog,will be tuning into listen,I echo carries point,it will be interesting to see how much 5live spends for various sports.

    Also bit surprised that 5live are providing live commentary on barca vs Munich,instead of Madrid vs dortmund,I would have though the dortmund game would have been more competitve,

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    Comment number 3.

    Blimey, things must be continually going from bad to worse, even though 5live has a new controller.Fair play to Fedster for questioning what is going on ? How much is that 5live Big Day Out bash in Liverpool with Robbie Savage and all costing and how much are 5live paying Primal Scream to appear and help boost the people turning up ?

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    Comment number 4.

    The probelm Cyril, 5live staff blog but never answer Questions, which leave them hanging in the air, its like they have been ordered to Blog by Mr Wall, when they dont want to,preferring to live in the twitterati land, nothing against Twitter, i am on Twitter myself, but surely Blogging should not just about posting a Blog Post, and then never returning, i actually think some 5live Bloggers post something and then never bother to read the comments.

    Sometimes, perseverance pays off, so i ask again a Question that was not answered:

    Why was Alan Green binned from 606?

    Will, if you are not allowed to answer that Question, than fair play, just say so, it is better than the irritating silence.

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    Comment number 5.

    I could not agree with you more Fedster and good luck to you and others in your quest to get some answers.It only takes up a couple of minutes for a blogger to reply to simple questions and should be done as a matter of courtesy to those who take the time in seeking an answer.I must admit I rarely listen to 5live now after being a loyal listener for many years I still enjoy reading the comments on these blogs and keeping up to date to see how things are progressing or not as the case may be.

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    Comment number 6.

    Fedster: Good points. You're right, there are certain things (e.g. contract specifics) that it's hard to talk about - and is certainly not my place to do so. As I said the other week, you're seeing more on here now, and we're trying to put pieces up in response to questions raised. While I'll again stress to keep comments on topic, please do suggest blog entry ideas.

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    Comment number 7.

    Ok a few suggestions from me;

    A video was made titled "behind the scenes at 5live sport" a supporting Blog would have been really interesting.

    More Blogs about what goes on when 5live cover a major final, so FA Cup Final, or Champions League Final, i have mentioned this before but when BBC TV had rights to the FA Cup, Paul Armstrong and Roger Mosey used to Blog, why they have decided to cover xxx game over xx game, which Commentators they will be using etc etc.

    How 5live and BBC TV work together to cover events they both have rights for, so Sport is the obvious example, do 5live share resources with TV? Question time i think will be simuclast on both TV and 5live soon, any news on that, Will?

    Thats for starters, i will post more ideas, when i have a bit of time.

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    Comment number 8.

    All good ideas, and actually all ones that are being planned! When the time's right (as in, near the time of the event) we'll have ones about Wimbledon and the Tour de France - as you say looking at the logistics, rather than the action - and we'll reveal our Question Time plans soon. Thanks.

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    Comment number 9.

    Did anyone hear Robbie Savage's contribution to the Villa/Sunderland commentary last night? It was truly the worst.

    He spent the whole night back tracking on his prediction that Villa will be relegated only for it to be pointed out he has changed his mind five times in recent weeks. He is inarticulate, ill informed, really doesn't have an opinion worth listening to on anything ... so why do the BBC continue with him? (and that's apart from his ridiculous appearance which at least we are spared on radio). I suggest that as it's the seasons end he is given a free transfer back to ITV 4 or some such.

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    Comment number 10.

    "He is inarticulate, ill informed, really doesn't have an opinion worth listening to on anything ... so why do the BBC continue with him? "

    Probarly the same reason the likes of William Hill,ITV and many more have employed him, even the Plain English Campaign have given him an award, so Stumps i know you like to voice your opinion, but a bit of objectivity please.

    I have got a funny feeling that both CL 2nd legs are going to be epics, indeed i think both ties are going to be won by the Spanish, 5live is going to regret their lack of involvment, believe me!

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    Comment number 11.

    Fed - considering bookmaker advertising is widely perceived to be the lowest common denominator in TV commercials and the poor quality of football coverage on commercial TV I stand by my comments fully.

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    Comment number 12.

    Well you learn something new everyday.Are you telling me that a national public broadcaster has not got a commentary on the semi finals of the most important european club championship in existence today ? Where has all the money gone so these big events choose not to be covered ? Surely the money hasn't been diverted towards paying off the bosses obscene redundancy and pension packages ?Choose some other sport to commentate on in its place if you can't be bothered with this championship rather than idle chit chat and why is the quite dreadful and inarticulate Robbie Savage employed at 5live in the first place ? What exactly is the attraction ?

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    Comment number 13.

    The BBC Sport site had Barca vs Munich down as being a 5live commentary match, but the 5live website suggests otherwise, these 2 2nd legs could be the greatest comebacks in history, yet where is 5live going to be when this is potentially happening? Yes you got it broadcasting dross such as 'What is eating Suarez'

    I ask again, why do 5live provide live commentary on every match in Euro Championships and World Cups, even when there is none British sides involved, yet when faced with the same circumstances in the CL, which is the better, stronger, more exciting Competitoin, they do the exact opposite?

    Where is the Logic?

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    Comment number 14.

    There is no logic Fed. Even I agree with you. I can understand cost of TV rights but radio is a national gift and somebody has missed out here big time.

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    Comment number 15.

    Will, various media outlets are reporting that Darren Fletcher is poised to join BT, is there any substance behind these rumours?


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