Johannesburg – An international association for sports leagues from around the world will be launched at a major Summit taking place from 25-27 November 2019.
The organisers have also announced that they are considering to host the Summit at a location in the Middle East, due to the region’s central locality, and to allow as many countries as possible to attend.
The first two days of the Summit will take the form of plenary discussions and the hosting of the inaugural World Sports Leagues Awards, with the last day earmarked for the launch of the World Sports Leagues Association.
According to South African based, Mr Gerrit Davids, a sports business conference organiser from the company Gerom Media Sports and Entertainment (Pty) Ltd, “a vacuum exists in the world of sport where sports leagues are not really considered for membership to national, continental or even international sports bodies, and the time is ripe for the sector to launch its own global representative structure.”
Davids says, “With more than 200 sporting nations, each having at least one national professional sports league, the sector has matured enough to launch such an association.”
“Its primary aim, will be to serve as a knowledge exchange and platform for members to debate common issues facing modern-day sports 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 only concerned about issues affecting them.”
“The result 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 as such, in some areas, have prevented leagues from engaging each other, outside of their own specific codes.”
“Hence, it would be advisable to allow independent promoters to punt the concept of forming such a body, to allow, especially smaller sports leagues to freely join in on the discussion.”
David 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 sports leagues.”
“The association will target a membership of a 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 national and continental sports leagues as full members.
Associate membership will also be available to broadcasters, sponsors, agencies and other types of service providers.
The Association’s Congress will be held annually during the World Sports Leagues Summit.
A full agenda will be released in due course, and sports leagues are encouraged to contact the organisers with their queries.
For further information, contact: Gerrit Davids: (Convener)
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