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Formula One, Premier League Football, & The Global Politics of Sports [youtube]


The world of sports is now more global than at any point in history, and as a result, it is inextricably linked to the world of geopolitics.

  • Formula One’s racing series sees it competing on every continent except Africa and Antarctica, representing a truly worldwide brand with growing reach and increasing appeal, especially in the United States.
  • Premier League football is drawing in new fans and encountering new challenges as Gulf states buy larger stakes in the leading clubs and the clubs themselves seek to monetise their brands.
  • Not even the once-staid world of golf is immune from the twists and turns of geopolitics and business, with Saudi Arabia backing the LIV Tour to compete with the PGA Tour.


  • What role does geopolitics play in sports?
  • How do these brands navigate the turbulent waters of strategic competition?
  • What can we learn about the world of geopolitics from the world of sports.

Joining CSPC (virtually) to discuss the intersection of sports and geopolitics are

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Robinson and
  • Jonathan Clegg, authors of the newly published “The Formula: How Rogues, Geniuses, and Speed Freaks Reengineered F1 into the World’s Fastest Growing Sport”.
  • Joshua C. Huminski, Senior Vice President for National Security and Intelligence Programs (an avid Formula One fan).



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