World Sport Leagues Association to be launched at major Summit
Johannesburg – It has been announced, that an association for sport leagues from around the world, will be launched at a major Summit, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from 27-29 May 2020, prior to the UEFA Champions League Final on 31 May 2020.
According to summit organiser, Gerrit Davids, MD, Gerom Media Sports and Entertainment (Pty) Ltd, “A vacuum exists in the world of sport, where leagues are not really considered for membership to national, continental or even international sport bodies, and the time is ripe for the sector to launch its own global representative structure.”
Davids says, “With more than 200 countries, each having at least one national professional sports league, the sector has matured enough, to launch such an association.”
“The primary aim of the Association will be to serve, as a knowledge exchange and platform, for members to debate common issues facing modern-day sport leagues.”
According to Davids, “One of the main reasons, why to date, no such association has yet been formed, is that sport codes are geared to operate in ‘silos’, and they are generally not concerned with what happens in other domains.”
“The challenge is, that they are not engaging other codes through an exchange, like the proposed association.”
“A further reason, is that sport has become highly politicised, and in some areas it has prevented leagues from engaging each other, on issues common to all sport codes.”
Davids says, “All sport codes face the same challenges, and its is imperative that executives learn from the lessons of their peers on how to apply best practice, as required to manage sustainable sport leagues.”
“Hence, it would be advisable for independent promoters to organise the Summit, as a means to encourage smaller sport leagues, to freely join in on the conversation.”
“The association will target a membership of approximately 1000 leagues, from around the world, and its executive committee will meet 4 times a year, in addition to various committee meetings and regular subject specific workshops.”
It will only accept, recognised bona fide national and continental sport leagues, as full members.
Associate membership will also be available to broadcasters, sponsors, agencies and service providers respectively.
The association’s Congress will be held annually, during the World Sport Leagues Summit.
The World Sport Tournaments Forum will also be held at the same time, as a gathering for local organising committees (LOCs), tournament directors, executives and rights holders, to debate the challenges facing major events, in a digitally connected and disrupted sports arena.
For further information, contact: Gerrit Davids: (Convener)
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