SBJ/March 28-April 3, 2011/In Depth
World Congress at 10: A decade in the making
Published March 28, 2011, Page 23
When the World Congress of Sports convenes this week in Miami, it will mark the 10th anniversary of the event designed to take the pulse of the sports industry.
To mark the occasion, we looked back at the last decade of the Congress. What was said and who said it? What were the challenges and the issues? What resonated and what didn’t?
This year’s event will take place in Miami, with labor concerns certain to be a focal point. Only once before, during the 2005 World Congress in New York, was a league facing such a difficult labor scenario. During that event, the NHL was in the midst of a 310-day lockout.
So as we prepare this week to discuss where the industry is going, let’s take a few moments and see where it has been.
2002: Inaugural World Congress of Sports in NYC
2003: The rise of league-owned networks
2004: Pay-per-view prediction
2005: Mobile's youth movement
2006: A la carte cable in the plans?
2007: Focused on China
2008: Recession proof?
2009: Exploring the Twitterverse
2010: Hints on the NFL and L.A.