The next best thing to being at a sporting fixture has to be going to a pub with a group of mates – but the number of boozers is dwindling. This week, broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce take a deeper dive into the world of 'pub' sports, namely darts and snooker. As pubs continue to close or be 'gastro-ed' will we see the death of darts and pool being played for fun? We talk to Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association for her opinion. The Snooker World Championship is currently on and prize money is growing – but could that be at threat with betting advertising in the crosshairs of government? Although Britain is not as Snooker Loopy as it once was - with numbers playing dwindling - in China, some 60million are estimated to regularly play. Meanwhile, we talk to the 68th best darts player in the world – Matthew 'Prime Time' Edgar about how he got into the sport, its future, and why he wouldn't like it to become an Olympic event. We also take a look at the news that the Premier League wage bill has hit nearly £3billion and Lee reveals all on his La Liga, Athletic Bilbao experience.
Next month, the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) circus comes to Britain, with live shows in Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Cardiff. For many, they will remember the days of Hulk Hogan, Bret the Hitman Hart and the British Bulldog. So, is wrestling just as popular in 2019 as it was in the 1980s and 90s. This week, Georgie Frost focuses on the billion dollar sport of wrestling with chief executive of the Wrestling Travel company Lee McAteer. He recently visited New Jersey, in the US, for Wrestlemania 35 - and returns to give us expert insight, talk about the money-side of the sport, and why more people are taking an interest in sports tourism.
Golf has something of a long-standing image problem in Britain. Women are still banned from joining some private clubs, young people now prefer to take up cycling rather pick up a set of golf clubs and it has found it hard to shake off its reputation as the sport of snobs. The monumental comeback by Tiger Woods might be the catalyst this ailing pastime needs. After 11 years out of the golfing – at least – spotlight, the US star has lifted the 83rd Masters trophy. In the latest This is MoneyBall, the podcast that looks behind the action and into the business and the books, Georgie Frost is joined by Alistair Dunsmuir, editor of The Golf Business, for a chat about where golf goes next. Do incredible wins such as this really filter down to the grass roots? Possibly not but the sport is trying to evolve. The big opportunity is women – only 13% of UK golfers are women. ‘If you’re struggling financially, the obvious thing to do is to present yourself as a female friendly club’, says Alistair. Something’s happening in golf. Watch this space – or hole – as one in the business might say. Let’s hope it’s not a black one.
It is 2019 – and yet we still haven't managed to kick racism out of football. We had the England vs Montenegro incident last month, distasteful incidents in Italy - and last weekend, closer to home, in the Championship. England international Danny Rose says he can't wait to 'get out' of the game altogether – what can be done? Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost are joined in the studio this week by former Chelsea, Manchester City and England winger Shaun Wright Phillips for his views. Are players given enough support by clubs, do clubs and fans need to do more to finally stamp it out and can the Premier League really tackle the matter in house by throwing cash at the problem? Shaun also gives his views on football agents after it was revealed £211m was spent on agent fees between February 2017 and January 2018, while expert Darren Bailey explains their role. He also lifts the lid on what life was like at two clubs who saw investment pour in when he played for them – Chelsea and Manchester City. Shaun also reveals whether he'd like to get into football management, why players are told to watch what they say and how he lived in Bradley's basement in the Big Apple… for five months.
This week, broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce are joined by cricketer and author Isabelle Duncan, to talk about The Hundred, which is set to launch next year and what it could do for the game (and its finances). How do the 18 county clubs feel about the move, who will be involved, is it all about the money, can a draft system work and can it help encourage the next generation of cricketers to get involved? Elsewhere in the world of cricket, they talk Mankading, grassroots level, whether the old format will die off, why the game is booming in… Germany and what football can learn from the way women's cricket has boomed. Also on the show, Tottenham Hotspur finally move into their new ground this week with a game against Crystal Palace. We speak to broadcaster and Spurs supporter David Levene who has visited the new stadium about his first impressions – and whether it will spell a stint of success on the pitch. And Georgie gets caught up in a protest at Craven Cottage, as Fulham FC fans fightback against high ticket prices.
The new F1 season is underway and with it, the release of a ten-part documentary series on Netflix – Drive to Survive – which gives an under the bonnet look at the multi-billion pound sport. Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost are joined by Mail Online deputy motoring editor Rob Hull, to talk about the show – and what it could do for the sport. We talk through the money needed for manufacturers to compete and how drivers also need to have heavy backing to get a seat on the fiercely competitive grid. One millionaire invested in a team and gave his son a drive – and there is a similar situation in MotoGP, is that fair? Plus as Team Sky becomes Team Ineos, we take a look at what that deal means for the future of cycling – and will its billionaire founder, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, really buy Chelsea too?
How do you go from life in the City to working as a football manager? That is what ex-Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest manager – and former city trader - Mark Warburton did. He joins broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce to reveal how he made a leap from a 20-year career in London's financial world to football management at 40. He also discusses how there are no Brexit plans for English Premier League in Europe, whether the global power balance is shifting, and what this means financially for football in the UK. Meanwhile, after an exhilarating weekend of rugby – mainly for the Welsh and Scottish fans - the future of the Six Nations and indeed the sport itself appears to be at a crossroads, with potential private equity investment on the cards. And England coach Eddie Jones has vowed to get in a sports psychologist after letting a huge lead slip this weekend – are they worth hiring? Nike nails its colours to the mast with women's sport by announcing a shirt sponsorship deal for 14 nations ahead of the World Cup – and it's revealed that the England women's rugby team was paid exactly £0 for winning the Six Nations Grand Slam.
Premiership rugby champions Saracens deny they breached salary cap regulations after recent allegations, while Manchester City are in the UEFA spotlight over Financial Fair Play. On the latest This is Moneyball podcast, assistant editor Lee Boyce and co-host Georgie Frost take a look at salary caps and whether they work in sport – with many top US sporting leagues having them. Christopher Stoner QC is our guest this week, as he helps navigate through the maze – and also helps take a look at what the FFP is, and whether it is working. Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East joins us to tell us what is going on at the Trotters, with the future of the historic club in limbo – have the new potential owners been vetted enough? Elsewhere, we talk about the weekend of bad football 'fan' behaviour at grounds in England and Scotland, with Jack Grealish being punched in the Aston Villa vs Birmingham game – can more be done to protect players? The United States women's soccer team files a gender discrimination lawsuit and a bunch of 'cyber nerds' attempt to take over a Staffordshire football club – and fail.
27 years after the founding of the Premier League, it would be difficult for anyone to argue that it is anything other than a great success story. It’s the poster boy for a global, open, free-trading Britain. The beautiful game and the English league is an incredibly successful export business. But players’ enormous salaries, and transfer fees of hundreds of millions of pounds are variously described as obscene, ludicrous and even unsustainable. Each year the eyewatering amount of money spent in the business is not merely sustained, it zooms upwards year after year. In 1981 fewer than ten first division English footballers earned more than £175,000 a year. Now, the average player commands 15 times that. But there are many that long for the post-war era of English football - the so-called halcyon days of the game - when footballers were skint and players might have only received £10 as a signing-on fee from a transfer worth £35,000 to the club. Are they justified in missing the romanticism of the game? Or is this a bygone era best forgotten about in the age of hyperglobalisation? Joining the IEA's Digital Manager Darren Grimes to discuss is Mark Littlewood, Director General of the IEA.
The football managerial sack race is well and truly on. Claude Puel has left Leicester, Claudio Ranieri departed Fulham – while long-standing Rochdale boss Keith Hill has been axed. Lee Boyce and co-host Georgie Frost talk about the bizarre world of football management - there aren't many jobs you go into knowing you're going to get sacked, probably within three years. We all think we'd do the job well – probably from days wasted playing computer game Football Manager – but is that the reality? We also reveal what happens with compensation, with specialist employment lawyer Victoria Mitchell from Farleys lifting the lid. Elsewhere, we chat through the multi-million pound Manchester City/Puma deal with sports sponsorship expert Nigel Currie. Wrestling on your honeymoon? We talk to Wrestling Travel founder Lee McAteer who set up a holiday business specialising in the billion-dollar industry. Paypal offers sports teams an easier payment method, is the World Rugby League idea all about the money – and should Tottenham really sell Harry Kane?