Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series – Early Bird Ends Tomorrow!

The 3rd Annual Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams and 500 attendees already registered for the London leg next month. Held in the City of London at the Grange in Tower Bridge our Early Bird Tickets end this Friday so don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the fastest growing sports technology summit in Europe!

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Following the huge success of the San Francisco launch with over 600 attendees over two jam packed days of content and networking last month we are delighted to bring the event back to central London where it began with an incredible line-up of leaders from across the fan engagement, sports performance, broadcast and tech ecosystems.

Mystery Consortium Reported to Offer FIFA $25 Billion for Control of Two Tournaments

A fund of investors from the Middle East and Asia are apparently keen to table a $25 billion investment to buy an expanded version of FIFA’s Club World Cup in addition to the rights to a proposed global league for teams.

Such an agreement would be unprecedented as FIFA has never sold control of its events to the highest bidder, and never to an investment fund. It is no secret that FIFA have long coveted a worldwide club competition that would be as popular as the Champions League – UEFA will collect c.$15 billion during the current four year cycle. The FIFA World Cup is responsible for the vast majority of the $5.5 billion revenue they have generated in the same time period.

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That such an offer is being created or considered indicates the universal realisation between rights holders and investors on the still untapped commercial potential for football, the world’s most popular sport. It also illustrates the global sport market’s state of flux, with so much unrealised or accounted for commercial potential through digital channels as traditional business models continue to evolve.

Selling the competitions to a third party would represent a complete overhaul in FIFA’s business model, but evolution is essential right now and with FIFA’s current club competition only worth c.$100 million this might represent a good opportunity to cash in.


LA Billionaire Closes In On $500 Million D.C United Deal As MLS Value Continues To Grow


Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is close to a deal to invest in Major League Soccer’s D.C. United, an agreement that would value the club at a league-record $500 million, according to reports.

This emerges as D.C United’s new soccer-only stadium is set to open and further highlights the development, growth and commercial potential in Major League Soccer.


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The deal should be done by the end of the month and would make Soon-Shiong the biggest stakeholder in the storied MLS team. Levien, who would also increase his stake, will remain managing general partner and CEO. The pair may seek additional investors in the future.

In July, United will open Audi Field, the club’s new stadium and the centrepiece of a $350 million development project. According to Forbes’s 2017 list of MLS franchise valuations, United is worth $230 million, 11th in the 20-team league.

This investment will a precedent for the value of the 22 other MLS teams, and given that Major League Soccer operates under a single-entity structure in which teams and player contracts are centrally owned by the league, all of the other MLS owners who own a share in the league and have the right to operate a team will see huge commercial opportunity.



Samsung NEXT & MC Saatchi Join Faculty As Immersive Tech in Sports & Entertainment Summit Hits London


Commercial strategy and execution is essential to the development of Immersive and new technologies. The Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit creates an environment whereby leaders from across the technology, broadcast, sports and entertainment space can speak openly and honestly to facilitate cross-learning, application and deal-making.

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Held at the Radisson Blu in Marylebone and operating under the Chatham House Rule and with an intimate audience the Summit brings together sports leagues, teams, rights holders and technology leaders from Europe, North America and Asia...
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The Summit is specifically designed for senior executives and leaders within the sports, entertainment, broadcast, consumer facing brands and technologists to understand, share and learn the most effective commercial models and execution strategies for Immersive Technologies.

With leaders from across the technology, broadcast, sports and entertainment space the Immersive Technology In Sports & Entertainment Summit arrived in London on April 18-19 2018.
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Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series – Early Bird Ends Tomorrow!
The 3rd Annual Sports Performance & Fan Engagement Series continues to grow with over 150 speakers, 3 separate streams and 500 attendees already registered for the London leg next month. Held in the City of London at the Grange in Tower Bridge our Early Bird Tickets end this Friday so don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the fastest growing sports technology summit in Europe!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an8-ewNKh3s&feature=youtu.be

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Following the huge success of the San Francisco launch with over 600 attendees over two jam packed days of content and networking last month we are delighted to bring the event back to central London where it began with an incredible line-up of leaders from across the fan engagement, sports performance, broadcast and tech ecosystems.


Speakers Include:
Michael Cole, CTO, European Tour
Francisco Rius, Senior Manager, Player Analytics & Forecasting, Electronic Arts
Roger Brosel, Head of Content & Programming, La Liga
Ronan Joyce, Strategic Partner Manager, Sports, Facebook
Tommy O’Hare, Head of Digital, Olympic Channel
Paul McCrudden, Global Head of Live Marketing, Twitter
Russell Byrne, Head of Digital, English Football League
Matt Stagg, Head of Mobile Video & Content, EE
Chris Mead, Head of Brand Partnerships. Twitch
Philip Bernie, Head of TV Sport, BBC
Ronan O Coisdealbha, Head of Sport, TG4
Tom Graham, Controller of Legal & Business Affairs, Sports & Drama, ITV Network
Shane Warden, Director of Broadcasting & Technology, ATP Media
Shane Campbell, Head of Commercial Development, BT Sport
Claude Atcher, Head of France 2023, Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR)
Russell Staves, Digital Content Manager, England & Wales Cricket Board
Rob Dearing, Head of Delivery & Innovation, Lawn Tennis Association
Stuart Armstrong, Head of Coaching, Sport England
Alex Zurita, Specialist Advisor - Technology for Participation, London Sport
Matt Roberts, Global Research Director, Formula One
Richard Berry, Head of Commercial, Williams Martini Racing
Dean Hardman, Head of Business Partnerships, England Athletics
Mark Lichtenhein, Chairman, Ladies European Tour
Stuart Cain, Group Commercial Director, Wasps Rugby

With the most wide ranging and progressive leaders from across the sports, tech and entertainment worlds this is the must-attend summit for people looking to learn, network and deal-make in this space.
Register your place @ www.sports-performance-fan-engagement.co.uk/booking