The 4th edition of Global Sports Forum (GSFB), one of the biggest and most important events on social, economic, political and cultural perspective of sport, was – like previous editions – held in Barcelona. Many (present and former) athletes from all over the globe, (influential) people from the industry, media and others were involved into interesting discussions and debates on different topics but around same slogan Sport: What’s next?
Check out the highlights, the most interesting speakers and their remarks on the GSFB 2012 in the photo blog!
Justin Tuck (below), NY Giants star and two times Super Bowl winner: “American football is not a sport that’s been pushed across the whole world. It’s not an Olympic sport and seen across the world.”
Eric Cantona (below), football (soccer) champion and star, philosopher, actor, advertiser and more on career after sport: “Everything is possible. You don’t have much to lose. Is it worth being scared stiff going on the stage? No, you are there to have fun. You have got to think that everything is possible.”
Sandro Rosell (FC Barcelona president; below) on the role of philanthropy in sport: “Last year our players spent a whole day with children in hospitals. The doctors told us that some of the kids with serious illnesses improved without any special treatment: they improved because of the emotional excitement. You can’t put a price on that.”
Laird Hamilton (below), legendary big-wave surfer, co-inventor of tow-in-surfing etc.: “Sponsorship? I’m an artist… but there’s a certain commercialisation to what I do.”
Dan Jones (below): “The basic essence of the Financial Fair Play rules – paying your debts in full and on time – is hard to disagree with. Too many clubs have seen that as optional and that needs to stop.”
Russell Coutts (below), skipper of Oracle Racing, the current holders of the 150-year-old America’s Cup, believes the changes in the broadcasting and marketing have already started to reap benefits.
Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius (below) – known as the Blade Runner because of the carbon-fibre blades he runs on – was one of the main stars of the GSFB 2012.
Legendary Sebastian Coe (below), Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, on upcoming London Olympics 2012…
Laurent-Eric Le Lay (below), Chairman and CEO of Eurosport: “It’s no TV vs web, it’s TV with the web.”
Carles Folguera (Director of La Masia, FC Barcelona’s youth academy; below), was speaking on closing session “Meet the champions of tomorrow”.
Kevin Roberts (below), Editorial Director at SportBusiness Group, moderated various GSFB 2012 sessions…
Lucien Boyer (below), General Commissioner of the Global Sports Forum…
Photos by: Global Sports Forum