Venture Capital in the World of Sport

There’s plenty of stories across the rugby world about the potential for venture capitalists chucking some money at our game.

The English Premiership have sold a minority shareholding (thought to be 27%) to CVC Capital Partners for £200m, whilst the same group are rumoured to have made a £500m offer in the Six Nations.

In competition to this Six Nations offers, World Rugby are desperately trying to get on the bandwagon of “revenue maximisation” with their World League , which they claim could be worth £5bn over 12 years.

Lots of money, but what will the new investors get in return, and how much of this “maximised revenue” will make it’s way down to the grassroots of the game so that the real stakeholders of our sport (our local communities where local rugby clubs make it all happen) can evolve and develop.

For a look at the process of venture capital and what VC investors expectations are from their investment, here’s an interesting book review on the Secrets of Sand Hill Road.

Friction – Good or Bad

Had a conversation recently about removing “friction” from the workflow so we speed up and simplify processes – that way we get stuff done with less hassle and resistance.

But then, what about the learning process, cause surely “friction”, or hurdles or challenges creates an opportunity for us to generate feedback and therefore adds value.

I’ve been hearing about the need for fun and engagement in learning, but maybe we need to be focusing on creating the right amount of “friction”.

A Review of the State of Scottish Rugby

We’re six weeks into the competitive season (for some), and looking across the Tennents sponsored competitions (men & women, excluding reserve leagues) we look to have 43 games not fulfilled – 27 men and 16 women. The majority of these appear to be off due to at least one Club not being able to field a team.

At the same point last season, it looks like we had 34 equivalent games not fulfilled in the mens senior competitions (don’t have figures for the womens game).

This won’t be enough data to show any statistical significance, but when we account for the late start to the Calie North leagues this year, the thought is that this season is in the same sort of ballpark as last – probably not great.

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Publishing Disciplinary Outcomes and Personal Data

In their Joint Statement last week, the Board of Scottish Rugby told us they would publish no further information about the Lesley Thomson report due to “staff privacy policies and data protection legislation”, however the Union, under the delegated authority of the Board, publishes personal details of those people who have been called before the Championships Disciplinary Committee.

If you publish personal details about one disciplinary process, then why not the other?

WeegieRugby Predictor

The Predictor started out as a wee article on WeegieRugby to put down on paper who I thought would win across the West 1, 2 & 3 leagues.

In the first week, another seven folk joined in and sent their predictions either via Twitter or Facebook, and from there it has continue to grow, with the Week 2 Predictor very quickly becoming the highest viewed article in WeegieRugby history. Continue reading WeegieRugby Predictor

Is Womens Rugby in Scotland Starting to Encounter Similar Issues to the Mens Game?

If you read my stuff on Facebook or Twitter, I’m sure people get the general drift that I feel the Club game in Scottish rugby is in pretty poor place just now, especially the senior male and youth games. And with several games off across the Cup, Shield & Bowl so far, the evidence is not pointing to a change in my feeling any time soon.

One area for optimism over the past couple of years though has been the Womens game.  Although starting from a very small base, it has been growing, and there does appear to be a general increase in interest in the game as well as an uptick in grassroots activity.
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WeegieRugbyTV – Episode 2

The evolution of WeegieRugbyTV continues with Episode 2.

This week we have the included match photos and videos from the Glasgow Uni Medics v Cowal game and the Strathendrick v East Kilbride game.

Including the photos and videos extends the episode to 5 minutes and we’ll need to gauge if this is too long (will keep an eye on average viewing time). But in saying that, we’ve included two game which we wouldn’t normally do.

Will also experiment on the video, should we be using zoom to get close to the action, or not, so we can get more of what’s happening.

 

WeegieRugby TV Launched

As a bit of an experiment into different ways of presenting the results on Weegie Rugby, we’ve launched episode 1 of WeegieRugby TV.

We’ve focused on the results of the prelim round of the Bowl & Shield as well as the updated fixtures for round 1 in this episode.

Future developments will be to include photos and videos from the weekends reviewed games, but it’s baby steps at the moment.