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Broadcast Digital & Media Future Trends Leaders Podcast Sport Business | 29.10.18

Leaders Sport Business Podcast: Sophie Goldschmidt, Matt Porter, and Miheer Walavalkar

In conversation with the CEOs of the WSL, PDC, and LiveLike.

The birth of GolfTV | the death of MP & Silva | the charm of Shahid Khan | equal pay & Facebook ups and downs in surfing | the Phil Taylor-shaped hole in darts | the future of the sports consumption experience.

By James Emmett

David Cushnan and James Emmett reflect on another fortnight of change across the global sports industry, including the launch of the Discovery-PGA Tour joint venture OTT vehicle GolfTV, the final demise of rights agency MP & Silva, and Shahid Khan’s withdrawn offer to buy Wembley Stadium from the FA.

Later, we hear from three CEOs with very different challenges ahead of them: Sophie Goldschmidt (starts at 14.31), the former WTA, NBA, RFU, and CSM executive who has been CEO of the World Surf League (WSL) for the past 13 months; Matt Porter (starts at 27.16), the Matchroom Sport Director who has been CEO of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) since 2008; and Miheer Walavalkar, the co-founder and CEO of LiveLike, which launched in 2015 as a VR company in sport but has evolved to provide full immersive broadcast experiences without the need for headsets.

On the conversational agenda:

– Making changes at the WSL: new formats, new calendar, new broadcast products, and a new, equal pay structure;

– Working through live streaming technical challenges;

– Ten years of globalisation at the PDC;

– Why the Phil Taylor-shaped hole isn’t as big as it once would have been;

– The future of sports broadcasting and media consumption and why what we have today is not sustainable.

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