The 2012 Olympic Games were never supposed to be in London. Michael Payne provides the inside story on how the bid was won
Manchester-based Dan Jones is the lead partner of the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. His
clients include Everton Football Club, the International Rugby Board and the ATP Men’s Tennis Tour. He is the co-editor of the Deloitte Annual Review of Football
This summer more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries will take over London to showcase their skills in 26 sports. Of course there will be the predictable story lines of Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and hometown favourites Paula Radcliffe, Mo Farah, and Jessica Ennis going for gold but everything from the shoes they use to the swimsuits they wear have taken an equally arduous route to get to London. Technology will undoubtedly play a huge role in all aspects of the Olympic Games, and here are some innovations to keep an eye on.
"We're going to stick with the tennis and go to Nelspruit when it's over." That was the latest in a constant series of updates from my BBC Five Live Sports Extra producer on a warm June evening in 2010.
It was one of those typical summer occasions when there was more live sport to cover than places on which to host the coverage.
For followers, stats are an essential lubricant of many sports. People attend cricket test matches and fill in their own score books with an array of different coloured pens. Cricket’s annual bible, Wisden’s Cricket Almanac, comes complete with the averages of all the players as well as score sheets from all last year’s games. For aficionados it is essential reading. To discover that Kevin Pietersen’s average is 50.48 in test matches yet only 49.93 in first class matches is important.
When Andres Iniesta scored the deciding goal that sealed Spain's victory in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, it was the climax of several weeks of all-encompassing coverage for ESPN and ABC, subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company.
Football historians report that President Theodore Roosevelt called representatives from Harvard, Princeton and Yale to the White House in 1905 and said he would ban the game of football if they didn't stop the brutality.