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Every week, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost take a deeper look at sport and money. We talk through the stories from the week, from bumper sports' star salaries to grassroots gems, along with in-depth interviews and analysis to delve into what makes the world of sport and money tick.
23 Episodes
The football season is back with bang but what happened off the pitch in the summer when it comes to money created major talking points.Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost pick six of the financial hot topics when it comes to football from the last few months to give their thoughts and opinions.This includes £1.4billion being spent in the summer transfer window, with half of Premier League clubs breaking their individual player transfer record – so who got the best deal?We've got confirmation of Wayne Rooney heading back to England, but why have the financials caused controversy?Bolton Wanderers and Bury are on the brink. What has happened, will they be saved and is Financial Fair Play working?Elsewhere, the Forbes rich list of sports clubs makes for interesting reading, the Chinese cash influence grows and women's football received a huge surge of interest meaning more money.
This week sees the start of the European Men's Hockey Championships and one man that will be there is GB vice-captain David Ames.But it hasn't all been smooth sailing, with David swapping Ireland for Team GB and having to wait three years to be able to do so.He speaks to broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce and reveals all on his life as a pro-hockey player.He candidly says he will stop playing after the Tokyo 2020 games, why funding worries are always on the back of players' minds and why – aged 30 – he doesn't have a pension.GB Hockey itself was bankrupt at one point, but is on the up, fuelled by the women's gold medal at Rio 2016 and the game having its highest ever participation numbers.  So what is next for the sport?
This time next year, Team GB will be competing at Tokyo 2020 and hoping to surpass its record tally from Rio 2016.But how tough is it to get funding in the first place and how much hard work goes into that dash to the podium?That's the topic this week as broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce are joined in the studio by boxing medal hopeful Jordan Reynolds and a man who has been there, done that: Amir Khan.Amir gives Jordan top career advice in a sport where getting sponsorship could be the difference between making it, and not.Jordan reveals how he was once homeless and also had a job as a baggage handler at Luton Airport before boxing changed his life.He tells us how he was funded, his love for dancing helps him in the ring, why battling amateurs from around the world has helped his development, the importance of the boxing centre he has created in Luton… and his belief it should be taught at school.He also gives Georgie and Lee a boxing lesson and why he would never flash the cash like a certain Floyd Mayweather.
Football transfer deadline day. It conjures images of countdown clocks, TV presenters talking a mile-a-minute, sports reporters outside training grounds and microphones through Harry Redknapp's car window... But what goes on behind the scenes? How does a transfer actually happen – from start to finish? How many of the rumours actually have any truth in them? This week, broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce are joined by sports lawyer and author of Done Deal, Daniel Geey.We ask some of the key questions: Who holds the balance of power? Are agents really just greedy money grabbers? How much work goes on behind the scenes that we don’t see? How do you value players?And why can't Zinedine Zidane just get rid of Gareth Bale? Aaron Wan-Bissaka for example has joined Manchester United for £50million. Has that huge sum now just become a normal fee for good players, not exceptional ones – and where does it end?We also talk about how social media is shaping the modern day footballer – and what Brexit could actually mean for the Premier League in England.
We are entering the final week of the Tour de France, billed by one expert as the most exciting since 1989 – but how do the finances stack up and why is the team structure so unique?That's the question broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce ask, with help from deputy editor – and superfan – Adrian Lowery, and sports journalist and co-host of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore.The latter joins us from Nimes, France, as he is on the road covering the event – and we delve into the economics of hosting a stage, sponsoring a team and what it takes to win.We also cover doping, Team Ineos, the lack of Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, television rights and whether we will ever see a women's version of the event.Adrian also explains why the romance and heroics of some of the riders throughout the 116-year old race keep him coming back for more.And when it comes to two wheels, Team GB had a stellar 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics. How are we shaping up for Tokyo 2020, and has Team GB cycling peaked?
In recent weeks, we've seen Rafa Benitez become boss of Dalian Yifang and Marko Arnautović join Shanghai SIPG in the China Super League.What is behind the moves – and is it just about the money? That's the question broadcaster Georgie Frost and This is Money assistant editor Lee Boyce tackle this week as they look east.We lift the lid on the Chinese Super League, how it works, where the money is coming from and ask what impact it is having on the game here, and in Europe.We have also seen an increase in Chinese investment in European clubs – while Espanyol saw a major uplift in fans after signing Chinese winger Wu Lei.But despite the major investment, the Chinese national team is not exactly high in the world rankings – could that all be about to change?
What's going on at Silverstone and why was its place on the Formula One calendar in doubt? That's the question assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost tackle this week.It looks like the future of the F1 race in Northamptonshire has been secured – but what's behind the economics of the iconic track and its owners?We are joined this week by former British F1 driver Mark Blundell – 1992 Le Mans winner and three-time F1 podium finisher.He gives us his views on Silverstone, how technology has changed the face of motor racing substantially since the 1990s and why – aged 53 – he decided to get back behind the wheel, competitively.We look into the Silverstone contract, new races for 2020, the threat of a London Grand Prix, why it is important to the economy – and the impact paid-for TV is having on sport.
There are plenty of sports fans who wish a wealthy buyer would come in and help change its fortunes – but equally, there are many who have seen their club turned upside down by an owner.What happens when a club is bought and sold? Broadcaster Georgie Frost and assistant editor Lee Boyce take a look, with help from industry insider and sports law consultant Darren Bailey.With the 'Manchester United of rugby' – Leicester Tigers – now available for £60million, what's behind the valuation, how is a buyer found and vetted, and how does the Gallagher Premiership become the best in the world?That's what we ask Tigers chief executive Simon Cohen, after the club finished 11th last season and looks for new investment in a league currently dominated by Saracens.Is it harder to value rugby clubs, should fans be worried and how does the game attract a bigger, global, audience? And would Leicester represent a good investment?
It's that time of year again – Wimbledon, arguably the best tennis tournament in the world, starts next week.Assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost dust off their picnic blankets, pack the strawberries and cream and talk tennis with British pro – and plucky underdog – Marcus Willis, who has been ranked as high as 209th in the world.We look at the state of the game in Britain and why more youngsters are heading to the US, including 19 year-old Paul Jubb, a Wimbledon wildcard entry who may have to reject his £45,000 cheque.We discuss life after Andy and the true financial cost of training a child up to become a top tennis player – and the physical and mental cost to boot.Marcus also reveals all about his truly remarkable run in Wimbledon in 2016 in which he played Roger Federer on centre court – and managed to lob the best tennis player in history.He also reveals how much money that summer made him and how bonkers life became after he was thrust in the spotlight.
It's been an interesting last couple of decades for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club to say the least.They fell to the basement division, had plenty of stadium drama and now find themselves an established Premier League team.In this week's This is Moneyball podcast, assistant editor Lee Boyce and broadcaster Georgie Frost are joined by the Seagulls chief executive Paul Barber, who previously worked with the FA and Tottenham Hotspur.He's been at the club since 2012 and gives the rundown of his day-to-day job and how the role has evolved.There is insight as to why the club has been 'scouting' managers for years, before recently appointing Graham Potter, who has a master's degree in leadership and emotional intelligence.He also gives his views on money in the game and why it is a good thing, the 'fit and proper' persons test for chairmen – and how his ingenious plan to give away replica shirts to seven year-old fans is reaping dividends as the Seaside-club goes global.
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