For multitudes around the world, professional sports cut across race, class and borders. Football, basketball, golf, baseball and tennis are just a few of the sports that have attracted global followings driven by an almost religious zeal. The world of international sports also is dominated by multibillion-dollar businesses battling for market share among a burgeoning number of entertainment options. Television networks pay huge sums for rights to transmit competitions. For example, this year Sky Sports signed a deal to air Chinese Super League football in the UK after Chinese clubs spent more than $350 million to acquire top players from European leagues. This panel will explore where Asia’s multibillion-dollar sports and entertainment business is headed.
Dong Wang, Vice President, Alisports, Alibaba Group
Sophie Goldschmidt, Group Managing Director, CSM Sport & Entertainment
Robert Rankin, CEO, Consolidated Press Holdings Pty. Ltd.
David Shoemaker, CEO, NBA China
Chatri Sityodtong, Founder and Chairman, ONE Championship
Jim Small, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Major League Baseball