Key contemporary trends in the UK sports media rights market (2017/18) - A view from industry
This article explores some of the more significant activity in the sports media rights market for 2017/18 from the perspective of industry. Specifically, it looks at:
The functioning and results of a few of the bigger rights auctions;
A brief debate around what is happening in the OTT (over-the-top) sphere;
An update on moves to combat piracy;
A note on the recently announced distribution deal between Sky and BT Sport; and
A look ahead to 2018
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Alex is General Counsel at the Arena Racing Company ("ARC"). ARC is the largest racecourse operator in the UK, both owning and representing the media rights of a significant number of racecourses and greyhound tracks. ARC also has partnerships with The Racing Partnership, At The Races and Sky Sports Racing that cover all aspects of licensing, production and distribution of media and betting coverage from racing on the various racecourses. Alex covers all areas of the business but his primary focus is media and data rights licensing and distribution.
In addition, he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the British Judo Association.
Prior to ARC, he was Head of Legal at Eleven Sports and before that also Head of Legal at BT Sport, having joined just before the launch of the channels. Outside interests include cycling. Alex lives with his wife and three daughters in Suffolk.