Global Media & Sports
is a leading strategic advisor across sports media rights, major events and competition structures.
Specialising in sponsorship and media rights, Global Media & Sports is a leading professional sports advisory firm. Colin Smith, Managing Director has advised leading professional sports and events in Asia, Europe, Australasia and Africa. Colin is recognised as a global authority on structuring events to maximise media rights and sponsorship, and is at the forefront of digital media.
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Colin Smith and GMS Latest News
Consultant warns Super Rugby killing the code in Australia
Colin Smith, whose firm Global Media and Sports warned the Australian Rugby Union about the challenges inherent in the Super Rugby model in 2009 and 2013, said rugby in Australia was at an "absolutely critical juncture" and would not recover if the game's administrators did not stand up for what was in the sport's best interests at home. read more
Rugby bosses need to stand up for Australia
Three years ago the Australian Rugby Union received a report from the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and consultancy Global Sports & Media. The report warned: "If the ARU were to support the currently proposed Super Rugby competition model...then they would arguably not be looking after the best interests of Australian rugby." History shows the 18-team league was just about a disaster in 2016 for the Australian sides, all of whom lost money as fans struggled to understand the expanded and unwieldy competition. read more
ASC’s Winning Edge needs more than just extra funding
Former Rowing Australia president and sports events and broadcast rights expert Colin Smith has cautioned Australia’s Olympic sport leaders not to assume that extra funding alone will resolve the issues that led to Australia’s medal slump at last year’s Rio Games. read more
NBL, A-League Tassie’s best sporting shots
A Tasmanian AFL team is next to no chance in the next decade and the A-League has a golden opportunity to establish itself in the state, Australia’s leading experts on sports expansion say. read more
Cricket Australia may take a financial hit from Test team's disastrous spell
"No one wants to watch the Australian team losing," says Nine Entertainment Co chief executive Hugh Marks. In this upcoming round of negotiations, networks are all expected to bid for cricket broadcast rights but possibly for the first time Big Bash could be more enticing than Test matches. "There will be real competition for the Big Bash and we will see a real increase in rights, but Test cricket and international limited-overs will be more challenged," says Colin Smith, chief executive of Global Media & Sports. read more
Why Winning Edge will be an Olympic medals loser unless changes are made
Colin Smith believes that Winning Edge, Australia's high-performance sports system, has not provided a return for the Australian taxpayer investment nor has it provided a platform for our elite athletes to achieve their goals. Smith proposes a strategy for the AIS to return to its successful roots and be a partner with sports, enabling more funding for world-class coaches, athletes and development. read more