In his first major interview since the collapse of the media rights deals for France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A, Mediapro founder Jaume Roures strongly defends the company’s approach in both markets and insists that neither deal fell through on concerns about Mediapro guarantees.
Innovation, community and a commitment to youth: How Italy’s Lega B became European football’s surprise success story
Frank Dunne takes a look at Italy's Lega B which, against a backdrop of financial crisis and a soft sports-rights market, is thriving.
The Nordic Entertainment Group (Nent) plans to become Europe’s number one streaming service. If successful, its Viaplay OTT brand could soon be as ubiquitous as Sky or ESPN. But scaling in Europe on a market-by-market basis is an expensive and highly risky strategy.
3x3 basketball will make its debut at the full Olympic Games in Tokyo, after a successful trial period in the Youth Olympics. Fiba’s secretary general Andreas Zagklis tells Frank Dunne why 3x3 and the Olympics were made for each other.
The campaign of the International Surfing Association for inclusion in the Olympics was led by ISA president, Fernando Aguerre. Vero Communications worked to strengthen the federation's relations with key figures in the Olympic movement. Vero managing director Sujit Jasani tells Frank Dunne what goes into building a successful campaign.
Golf returned to the Olympic Games in Rio after a hiatus of 112 years. Several of the sport’s top players decided not to take part, generating some negative media coverage, but the International Golf Federation’s executive director Antony Scanlon tells Frank Dunne why Rio was an ‘outstanding success’ for the sport
Inclusion in the Olympic Games programme can be transformational for a sport, so international federations will spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars battling to get accepted by the IOC. For those that make it, the rewards are substantial in terms of funding, visibility and increased participation. Frank Dunne reports.
The seven-a-side format of rugby was accepted by the IOC in 2009 and made its debut at Rio 2016. World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin discusses how the sport's inclusion opened up new markets, while looking ahead to Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024
SportBusiness has conducted a series of interviews with senior figures from European football, asking them to define a ‘sustainable’ economic model for the game on the continent. In the fourth article in the series, football economist and author Stefan Szymanski argues a degree of financial instability is an inevitable part of European football.
SportBusiness has conducted a series of interviews with senior figures from European football, asking them to define a ‘sustainable’ economic model for the game on the continent. In the third article in the series, Frank Dunne speaks to Stuart Turner who served as the Football Association’s head of broadcast, from 2004 to 2011, and commercial director, from 2011 to 2016.
SportBusiness has conducted a series of interviews with senior figures from European football, asking them to define a ‘sustainable’ economic model for the game on the continent. In the second article in the series, Alex Phillips, a former head of strategic affairs and head of governance and compliance for Uefa, delivers his roadmap for change.
The new three-season deals, from 2022-23 to 2024-25, would replicate the current three-season deals, from 2019-20 to 2021-22. This includes the duration, the fee and the number of matches.