All articles by Alex Blair

Alex Blair is a UK-based reporter for GlobalData Media. He has worked for titles in English and Spanish, specialising in disruptive themes from geopolitics, to AI, to sportswashing.

Alex Blair

Cyberattacks in sport expected to rise, say Microsoft, NCSC, GlobalData

From Manchester United to the Houston Rockets, cybersecurity is an increasing concern among sports clubs.

Theme focus: Premier League to rejig TV rights with Sunday night kickoffs

Clubs have met in London to discuss a 25% increase in televised matches amid concerns from fans and players.

Theme focus: US subpoenas PIF amid concerns over Saudi sporting influence

The US Senate Subcommittee demands testimony from Yasir Al-Rumayyan, PIF leader and CEO of the PGA-LIV golf deal.

Theme focus: Rajasthan Royals bid £25m for Yorkshire County Cricket Club

The IPL franchise has derailed Mike Ashley’s Headingley bid – and would become the first UK county side overseas owner.

Theme focus: Finland becomes latest country to quit IBA over Russian ties

Further disintegration of the once-unopposed boxing association sees Russia and the West exchange blows ahead of Paris 2024.

Theme focus: Knicks sue Raptors for stealing player data, scouting reports

MSG has gone straight to court in a lawsuit likely to result in sporting and financial punishments for the Raptors.

Theme focus: Cricket World Cup diplomacy exposes one-sided India-Pakistan relations

No sign of thaw in geopolitical rivalry as India refuses to travel to Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup.

Theme focus: Chelsea’s multi-club project drives FFP compliance

The club has been working close to the edges of UEFA’s financial rules.

Saudi PIF: genuine diversification or world’s largest sportswashing project?

The Kingdom has invested more than $7.68 billion into sports, even as executions reach a 30-year high.

Accolades and efforts don’t hide sportswashing in the Premier League

As clubs receive awards for eco-friendly operations, questions remain about the ethical and sustainability credentials of their sponsors.