26 January 2020

Alvin Ho

Private equity investor and author
  • Wanda Sports operates more than 20 sports events including triathlon, football and ice hockey in more than 20 countries around the world. Photo:

    Wanda Sports: Wander for wonders

    - Feb 9, 2018 1:53pm
    Wanda Group, originally from Dalian, has for long been a showcase of China’s rapid urbanization. Its flagship Wanda Plazas occupy the size of a city and house many top-tier global brands. Within the group, Wanda Sports,...
  • In the not so distant future, we might be able to see a Chinese football club paying for world-class footballers like Neymar with the stroke of a finger on a mobile phone. Photo: Reuters

    Let’s ‘taobao’ – beyond the credit bubble of China’s football

    - Jul 26, 2017 2:55pm
    “Taobao”, a Chinese term which means finding treasure, is part of a bigger process which is discreetly transforming the payment system and money or credit creation in the country. In the China Super League, Evergrande Taobao...
  • Six-time China Super League champion Evergrande Taobao  sits at the top of the league with 31 points from 12 games. Photo: Xinhua

    Clash of reds: Evergrande Taobao and Man United by the numbers

    - Jun 13, 2017 2:16pm
    Last month, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club (Evergrande Taobao), whose red jersey sports the familiar China stars, stepped up a gear for the AFC Champions League. In the round of 16, it knocked out J League’s...
  • In the Name of the People, the drama series about China's crackdown on corrupt officials, has been a huge hit on Chinese TV this year. Photo: ifeng

    The name of the game

    - May 18, 2017 12:53pm
    Recently, while senior officials in Beijing were busy preparing for the Belt and Road Forum and the Chinese Football Association was preoccupied with ensuring that its representative was elected on May 8th into the FIFA Council, football’s global...
  • Li Ruigang, “China's Murdoch”, made a winning bid of 8 billion yuan for the media rights of CSL for five years. Photo: Reuters

    China offers huge arena for sports media rights

    - Apr 26, 2017 3:31pm
    China’s recent investments in sports have intensified the competition for broadcasting rights, transforming games on dull, muddy pitches into a heart-stopping media war where billions of yuan are at stake. China Super League: from off-line to...
  • LeTV is reported to have paid US$400 million for three-year rights to broadcast English Premier League games in Hong Kong, double the amount paid by previous rights holder. Photo: Reuters

    Media rights are the new battlefield in sports

    - Apr 21, 2017 10:58am
    In Hong Kong, there is a little-known world champion sitting with us every mid-week and weekend, namely the winner of the English Premier League (EPL) broadcasting rights. In terms of the acquisition cost of the rights...
  • Argentine striker Carlos Tevez became the poster boy for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua after his arrival in the 2017 season. Photo: Weibo

    China’s Double Happiness in the business of football

    - Apr 11, 2017 11:10am
    A few recently released figures for 2016/2017 season have surprised even keen observers, analysts, agents and investors in the global football space. That’s because China, sitting rather uncomfortably in the 86th place of FIFA’s global league...
  • Wanda Group's Wang Jianlin has inked several mega deals with top international sports properties holders and secured partnership and sponsorship rights with FIFA, FIBA and UCI.

    How the Chinese are rushing into sports business

    - Apr 7, 2017 12:07pm
    Looking back on the monumental moments of China’s sports in 2016, one may recall the instant when swimmer Fu Yuanhui cutely and vividly described her exhaustion after a contest as radiation of “all pre-historic power”. Or the...