There is tremendous value in sports and major sporting events, on multiple levels – they bring people together in a manner unlike any other shared experience. With that significance comes massive revenue and market value potential, as evidenced by the billions of rupees that the latest trend of professional sporting leagues bring in Including the IPL, ISL and more.
Much of that revenue was threatened in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down these events and emptied stadiums and arenas. When sports events eventually returned, stadiums were relatively silent with players competing in front of cardboard cutouts and a soundtrack of crowd noise and in many cases in geographies completely different to where fans would like to watch the sport live. The nearly empty stands not only stripped out the energy of the crowds, but also the revenue from ticket sales.
Competing during a global pandemic also required additional health tests, social distancing rules, contract-tracing protocols, and other measures. These increased costs, sometimes forced athletes to miss competitions, and caused several events to be canceled or postponed. Most estimates measure worldwide losses across sports associations in 2020 at anywhere from $50-$65 billion. Although these extreme losses were from an outlier worst-case scenario, the pandemic underscored just how much risk is faced each day by those in every facet of the sports industry.
At BSEEbix, our specialist sports risk advisors take a consultative approach to helping you manage your own risks, understand your changing risk environment, and identify the right mix of risk mitigation and risk transfer strategies. We deliver specialized advice and solutions designed to assist you in responding to your financial and operational risks and help you obtain cost-effective and secure protection against the increasingly complex, highly competitive, and ever-evolving industry risk environment.
Future success and innovation in the Indian sports market still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic depends on a clear understanding and management of traditional and emerging risks. BSEEbix’s Sports and Events Practice is comprised of the leading minds in the business — experienced professionals committed to serving the sports industry, who are connected to both BSEEbix’s local offices as well as a worldwide network of experts and advisors. We tap into global insights and trends, combined with local knowledge of Indian risks and liabilities, to craft customized risk management solutions for you or your sports organization.