Key contemporary trends in the UK sports media rights market (2017/18) - A view from industry
Published 03 May 2018 By: Alex Slade
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 Slade is VP Legal, EMEA at Aser Media, the owner of the Eleven Sports Network. Alex covers all areas of the business but his primary focus is the Eleven Sports channels and offerings in EMEA and the US. That work encompasses rights acquisition, licensing, distribution and carriage of sports rights for the Eleven Sports Network.
In addition, he is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of the British Judo Association.
Prior to Eleven Sports he worked for BT Sport as Head of Legal, Sport having joined just before the launch of the channels and before that for he worked in kids TV at Nickelodeon. Outside interests include cycling and sailing - Alex spent a year out competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2005-06. Alex lives with his wife and three daughters in Suffolk.