By Rick Horrow
Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins
- Murray and other honorees get WISE/R. Octagon’s Lisa Murray was recognized by Women In Sports and Events (WISE) as a 2019 Woman of Distinction, for her continued support of women in the industry and making a mark as a pioneer of the sports industry. WISE/R Symposium, held in New York City on June 18, was the first of its kind to focus solely on the personal and professional development of women in the business of sports, WISE/R Symposium offered the opportunity to hear from top experts, learn career strategies, connect with peers, and more. Confirmed speakers besides Murray included finance journalist Jean Chatzky and industry leaders Anita DeFrantz, Janet Fletcher, Michele Roberts, and Suzanne Smith. This annual one-day event was produced by WISE. The WISE/R vent joins SportsBusiness Journal’s annual Game Changers conference and other prestigious events now honoring the significant contributions women have made to the sports industry.
- It’s down to two for the 2026 Winter Games. The decision to award the Olympic Winter Games 2026 to either Stockholm-Åre (Sweden) or Milan-Cortina (Italy), will be shown live on the Olympic Channel on Monday, June 24, featuring the host city announcement ceremony presided over by IOC President Thomas Bach. In most cases, the Winter Games naturally lend themselves to a sharing of expenses because with few exceptions, the venues are split between a substantial metropolitan area (where arena events are held) and a nearby mountain resort. The cost of hosting the Olympic Games has risen to the point that few cities are willing or able to take it on. This is one of the reasons that Beijing ended up winning hosting duties for the 2022 Winter Games in addition to their successful hosting of the Summer Olympic Games in 2008.
- Overtime is changing how basketball is played to grow a younger audience. As of now, traditional three hour sports games remain at the heart of pop culture. But sports were radically different before the TV era, and the digital age is bringing about drastic change in the way sports are watched. According to Sports Illustrated, Overtime garners nearly one billion views per month across its social channels by filming viral high school sports stars. Now in its third year, the sports media company is switching basketball to a 3-on-3 game while also shrinking the court. The “Overtime Rules” most drastic changes include swapping out free throws for one-on-one duels, getting rid of taking the ball out after a made basket, and setting fans around the edge of the court, therefore eliminating out-of-bounds altogether. Additionally, games consist of four four-minute quarters, with a substitution only allowed between periods. As for the company’s overtime rules, it is an all-or-nothing, sudden death. Overtime is the start of serious shifts to the sports media scene; the next obstacle to tackle will be convincing sponsors that their content is worth the money.