The State of Sport

CLIFFCENTRAL.COM  |  Podcast , ±56 min episodes every 3 weeks, 4 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Covid-19 hit everyone for 6, sport included. Since then the game has naturally changed and even though things look like they are getting back to 'normal', nothing will ever be what it was. Where's the money nowadays, what's happening with broadcast rights, live viewership behaviours, the new tech that's coming to the fore... in short, what is the state of sport? Ben Karpinski and his guests intend to answer such questions.

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UFC preview with Dricus Du Plessis and Cameron Saaiman

Nobody has put South African MMA on the map more than Dricus Du Plessis. His 4th fight in the UFC takes place on December 10th at UFC, and what makes it all the more significant is that his protégé Cameron Saaiman makes his UFC debut on the same card. Ben chats to them about this, and how their professional relationship has developed to this exciting point.

The State of Strength and Conditioning with Scott MacIntosh

With the margins between success and failure becoming ever finer in professional sport, you need to know that you have every aspect of performance covered. Nobody knows that more than Strength and Conditioning coach Scott MacIntosh. In recent years Scott has used his expertise to help South Africa's best mixed martial artists break onto international stages, and in this conversation he and Ben explore this, along with the general benefits that everyday people can incorporate into life.

The State of Drugs in Sport with Clinton van der Berg

Exposing the darker side of high performance in sport, Clinton van der Berg’s new book 'Guns and Needles' makes for a compelling conversation in this episode. He and Ben discuss the reasons why and how some athletes cut corners, and what this means within sport as a whole.

The State of the Digital Sports Fan with Jean Willers

Being a sports fan isn't what it used to be. The impact of the smartphone has allowed fans a world of fan opportunities in the digital realm which Ben unpacks with MD of Nielsen Sports Africa Jean Willers. The two discuss the international trends driving the future of digital fan activity. How the South African market is trying to keep pace with this, and what the future looks like for teams, brands and players as the needs of digital fandom continues to evolve.

The State of School Sports with Kuhle ‘Kooks’ Sonkosi

In this episode, Ben welcomes Kuhle ‘Kooks’ Sonkosi to studio to discuss the state of school sports - tackling the traditional sport of rugby and its pull across the country, through to understanding the popularity of emerging sports like basketball. The two discuss how SuperSport’s focused investment in this realm is creating a great deal of positives for the youth of SA going forward.

The State of Cash in Sport with Nqobile Ndlovu

Nqobile Ndlovu from Cash N Sport joins Ben to talk about just that in this episode. Breaking down the money behind bidding for and securing Rugby World Cups, Jake Paul's inclusion in sport's richest list, the financial importance of SA rugby moving north, Saudi golf money, and the gender pay gap. We get to the bottom of all of that here.

6 episodes