Frank Dunne

The new EU Copyright Directive is one of the most controversial pieces of European legislation ever passed, pitting content creators like record companies, film studios and sports rights-holders against social media platforms and free-speech campaigners. Its final wording appears to have left both sides unhappy. And many experts say it will change very little for sport and direct no new revenues towards the industry.

• League has brought in consultants Alvarez & Marsal to advise on OTT platform • New distribution strategy will be in place for the next rights cycle, from 2022-23 season • B

Few human endeavours, in any field, have required as much explanation as the Uefa Nations League

ESP Properties was launched in June 2015 as WPP’s attempt to create a sports marketing major to challenge the likes of IMG. Last year, its UK team was absorbed by its Two Circles division. In July 2018, its US operations were sold off. GroupM, the WPP subsidiary which created ESP, doesn’t see this as a failure or retrenchment. Some rivals and independent sponsorship experts have a different view.

The agreement the Premier League struck in June with Amazon for one of two packages of rights unsold in its January auction – telco BT picked up the other – has to be one of the most important ever.

The Uefa Champions League is set to deliver another big increase in revenues in the next cycle, but there are still doubts it will survive beyond 2024. Frank Dunne explains why.

Legalised sports betting in the US looks set to become a multi-billion-dollar activity. But disputes could nobble the business before it gets out of the blocks.

Frank Dunne talked to three experts about benchmarks for global rights strategies, how much expertise is transferable down the pyramid and how OTT can fit into future strategies. 

Frank Dunne reports on how the NBA tries to maximise its international media-rights income by approaching each market with complete flexibility.

Events – the USA's World Cup qualification debacle, the football federation's presidential election and two lower-league clubs bringing a case against Fifa to CAS – have conspired to put promotion and relegation back on the MLS agenda. Frank Dunne reports.  

Money from Murdoch’s pay-television operations has transformed the fortunes of sports leagues around the world over the last 30 years and suddenly it looks like the tap is about to be turned off. 

Former Infront Italy chief Marco Bogarelli sits down with Frank Dunne at Sportel Monaco to explain why his new venture, 2MG Media, is not just another sports-rights adviser.

BeIN Media Group, the Qatari broadcaster, has hit out angrily at media reports suggesting beIN Sports channels are being blacked out in the Middle East and North Africa as a consequence of the Saudi Arabia-led economic blockade of Qatar. Frank Dunne and Robin Jellis report. 

What defines the strongest team identities in sport and is there a science to creating a compelling brand? In the third part of a three-part series, Frank Dunne takes a look at the Green Bay Packers NFL American football franchise.

What defines the strongest team identities in sport and is there a science to creating a compelling brand? In the first of a three-part series, Frank Dunne takes a look at German football club St. Pauli.

As Max Siegel concludes his fifth year as chief executive of USATF, he tells Frank Dunne how he turned the organisation around and the personal cost of doing so.

How the Bundesliga is putting quality above quantity in its digital and social media strategy.

The ‘Ndrangheta – the Calabrian mafia – has successfully infiltrated football in Italy. As Frank Dunne explains, some fear that its influence may now be spreading to Spain and beyond.

Following major recent developments at Bayern Munich and Manchester United, Frank Dunne explores the evolving landscape of football club channels.

Frank Dunne investigates how Lagardère’s bold investment in Africa is starting to reap rewards.