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Barney Francis | managing director, Sky Sports

Barney Francis, as managing director of Sky Sports, addresses the crowd at the British Masters in October, 2015. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Barney Francis was among the 10 executives whose work in 2018 we believe indicates the direction of the sports business in 2019 and beyond. Sport was once famously the battering ram for Sky.

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