The A-listers

Murray’s unique claim to be SPOTY: Solo, historic magnificence in a golden age

* The BBC's annual Sports Personality of the Year award will be handed out on Sunday evening, and never in the 58-year history of the award has there been a stronger batch of contenders. The 12-person shortlist is packed with Olympians and Paralympians, many of whom have achieved historic feats in 2012, and there is also room for the world's No1 golfer. In alphabetical order the contenders are Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jess Ennis, Mo Farah, Kath Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIlroy, ANDY MURRAY, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins. Frankly, only four of those have any...


Kroenke heads list of global sports tycoons as USA switches on to THE global game

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 11 May 2012 The world's foremost sports tycoons, many of them US entertainment entrepreneurs, are increasingly turning to football as America's interest in the sport grows and as Stateside investors realise there is only one truly global game. Sportingintelligence has compiled a list of the 22 men - and they are all men - who each own at least two teams across a range of the world's different major sports leagues / competitions, all of which can claim global fan bases, albeit of different magnitudes. For the purpose of this study, we considered North America's...


REVEALED: The world’s best paid teams, Man City close in on Barca and Real Madrid

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year  1 May 2012 Barcelona remain the best paid team in global sport measured by average first-team wages, with Real Madrid in second place but Manchester City of the Premier League have stormed into the top three and continue to close the gap on the Spanish giants according to the Sportingintelligence Global Sports Salaries Survey 2012, published this week. The average first team pay at Barcelona - employees of the world's best player, Lionel Messi - has been calculated at £101,160 per player per week, or £5,260,313 per year in the period under review. That represents...