We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Kevin Roberts, a hugely popular figure in the sports business media industry, died suddenly last week at the age of 61.

Kevin had an enduring association with SportBusiness, having helped to establish the publication as the founding editor in 1996 before returning to the company as group editorial director in 2019 after a spell as a freelance communications consultant.

However, with his sharp wit, affable nature, extensive knowledge and self-deprecating style, Kevin’s friendships and connections extended beyond established media rivalries and throughout the sector.

We were delighted that Kevin brought his renowned conference moderating skills to our very own 2012 and 2013 editions of TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Turin and Manchester, respectively.

He was also a first-class communicator, editor and writer who could craft engaging written copy with consummate ease.

His outstanding contribution to our industry will not be forgotten. 

Everyone at Xperiology would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Kevin’s family, friends and his colleagues at SportBusiness.