Luzhniki stadium of Moscow with a capacity of 81,000 people, witnessed one of the most thrilling World Cup finals in football history where France emerged champions after defeating first-time finalists Croatia by a score of 4-2 to claim the second World Cup title in their history and their first one in 20 years. The match between them was interesting because of their contrasting styles of play. The FIFA World Cup 2018 was one of the world's most exciting sporting events with a final match viewership of approximately 900M online viewers worldwide. On the other hand, the viewership for the final match between France and Croatia had 15.8 million impressions in a country like India, where cricket is celebrated as a festival. With the penetration of OTT platforms such as Sony LIV amongst others, it became easier to catch the attention of the audiences all over the world. We have an average of one billion viewers worldwide for OTT streaming, demonstrating the magnitude of the World Cup and its popularity. Social media too plays an influential role in attracting the world towards the World Cup as it is the only platform where the sports stars, clubs and fans get the chance of interacting with one another.

A professional athlete competes individually or as a part of a team in organized sports. For that, we performed a research study based on each teams' traveling distance. We calculated aerial distance covered for each team just to compare the journeys of each team's group stage matches in order to analyze whether travel times might have an effect on the team’s performance or success during the tournament. Among all the 32 teams, Colombia traveled the shortest distance whereas the team which covered the furthest distance was Egypt. Results show that players perform worse after covering long distances and Jetlag has an impact on players' performance. 

The 32 teams which took part in the World Cup played a combined total of 64 matches across 11 cities and 12 stadiums in Russia whilst scoring a total number of 169 goals with an average of 2.64 goals per match. There were nine winning goals scored in the 90th minute or later in the tournament, excluding extra-time. Kylian Mbappe bagged the youngest player award at the World Cup and the tournament ended up with a lot of brilliant performances from several players and may symbolize with some remarkable moments.

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Indian Sports Salaries Report - 2017

“There is no Victory without suffering”

“Uncertainty of spending money” at the time of DEMONETIZATION, there is more of a challenge for sports leagues. Demonetization and a low TV audience during the previous edition in the IPTL have combined to take a wrecking ball to the established order of the Indian Sports League’s best paid sports teams.

This is the second edition of Super Insight’s Indian Sports Salaries Report (ISSR). The unique statistic of the ISSR is ‘Pay Per Minute’, or in other words, the amount spent on player versus the time they spent on ground for their respective team.

Indians players were getting 47% and foreign players earn 53% of the total payout by Indian Leagues.More facts like these were uncovered in Indian sports salaries report (ISSR) 2017.

The recent times have seen the surgence of various sports leagues in India. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a pioneer for the leagues like International Tennis Premier League (ITPL), Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), Indian Super League (ISL), i-League, Pro Wrestling League (PWL), Indian Premier Badminton League (PBL) and Premier FUTSAL league (PFL). Perhaps, it was opportune that Super Insight conducted a detailed report on the salaries earned by the players playing in this league.

The report measures the success with economic qualifiers like TV viewership ratings and Ad rates. The action revolves around the 50 odd Ad breaks of a T-20 game or 100 odd breaks for a One Day International. Measuring the success with 10-60 seconds Ad spot rates is the new mantra which evolved since the advent of Satellite television.

The idea is to compare, on a like-for-like basis as closely as possible, how much ‘average’ sportsmen earned at different clubs and teams playing in the various Indian leagues in hugely contrasting professional sports. This would also allow us to examine the relationship between money and success in each sport. The research needed to look beyond one or two major ‘hotspots’ like Cricket and IPL to reflect real and not just skewed patterns.

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Economics Of Football Business Around The World

"I never dreamed about becoming president. When I was growing up, I wanted to be Willie Mays."

George W Bush (Ex President, USA)

It is striking to note that the an ex-occupant of White House chose to enter sports management as an owner of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball franchise before eventually turning to a career in politics, and is sometimes said to have more time for following baseball scores than running the country.

The other side of story is about transfer of Paul Pobga to Manchester United for an apparent fee of £100 million (€118 million), and has been making the headlines over the last few weeks. If it goes ahead it will be another watershed for football – the first £100 million pound player.

It has taken 37 seven years to go from the Trevor Francis £1 million move to Nottingham Forest to today’s £100 million figure. By most accounts Francis didn't live up to the fee, suffering from a recurring injury during his time at Nottingham Forest. In the last decades, professional football has developed into a multimillionaire industry.

"I applaud FICCI and Market4Sports for taking the initiative to put together this “Economics of Football business around the world” as 2016 was clearly a monumental year for our industry full of many notable events, achievements and innovations." - Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation 

"We are pleased to release this Sports Knowledge Reports entitled, “Economics of Football Business around the world” at FICCI GOAL 2016. We are confident that this report will not only spread timely and relevant knowledge about India’s rapidly growing football industry, it will also help decision makers who continue to shape the future of our football ecosystem." - Nitin Kukreja, Chairman - FICCI Sports Committee, CEO - Star Sports



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Indian Sports Salaries Report - 2016

Sports teams and leagues are not immune from economic shocks. Demand for sports entertainment depends on the overall economic climate. The recent, unpredicted weakness in the economy has hurt attendance at many sporting events.

It is important to realize that these businesses have unique risks. Also realize that sports entertainment is generally considered a “luxury” and subject to the economics laws of elasticity. The same human or emotional factors that attract us to spend our dollars on their product, can quickly sour due to unforeseen events.

Suddenly we are seeing Non Cricketing Sports culture shaping up in India. Sports Leagues in Kabaddi, Hockey, Wrestling, Tennis and Badminton have carved a niche amongst the Sports Fans.

With all these and more, we felt the need for a start of a new research initiative in the Business of Sports. One that has a strategic approach and can help in making direct comparisons amongst certain key drivers of growth. One that is just not about random numbers showing a mirage of trends, and, hence  Indian Sports Salaries Report (ISSR) – 2016 is conceived.

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