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 on 25-27 November 2019.
The organisers have also indicated that they are considering to host the Summit in Dubai, UAE, due to the region’s central location, and to allow as many countries as possible to attend.
It will be held during a time when three major sport events are taking place in UAE, inclusive of the DP World Tour Championship, the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and the opening round, of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series respectively.
The first two days of the Summit will take the form of plenary discussions, and the hosting of the inaugural World Sport Leagues & Tournaments Awards, with the last day earmarked for the launch of the World Sport Leagues Association (WSLA).
According to organiser, Mr Gerrit Davids, from the sports business conference company, Gerom Media Sports and Entertainment (Pty) Ltd, “a vacuum exists in the world of sport, where sport 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 sport 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 like ourselves, to organise the Summit, as means to encourage smaller sport leagues to freely join in, on the discussion.”
“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.
The Association’s Congress will be held annually, during the World Sport Leagues Summit.
The World Sport Tournaments Summit will also be held at the same time, as a gathering for local organising committees, tournament directors, executives and rights holders, to debate the challenges facing their events, in a digitally connected and disrupted sports arena.
A full agenda will be released in due course and sport leagues and tournament organisers are encouraged to contact the promoters of the Summit, with their queries.
For further information, contact: Gerrit Davids: (Convener)
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