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NBA’s Matt Gregory to lead Premier League EMEA rights sales, plus more

NBA’s Matt Gregory to lead Premier League EMEA rights sales, plus more

English soccer’s top-flight Premier League has named Matt Gregory as head of media sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Gregory arrives from the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he was been working on the league’s global media distribution in EMEA since November 2017. He joined the NBA in November 2015 as senior manager of broadcast media rights.

In his new job at the Premier League, Gregory will focus on rights sales, liaising with EMEA broadcasters over their specific needs. He will also manage key relationships with commercial partners and rights holders, as the top flight readies for its next rights cycle, which kicks off from the 2022/23 season.

Gregory will report to Josh Smith, the Premier League’s global head of media sales.

The Premier League’s most recent rights deal in the region was struck early this week, with South Africa-based network SuperSport securing a three-year extension to its broadcast partnership in sub-Saharan Africa until the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

Meanwhile, former TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer has joined Access Industries, the parent company of sports streaming subscription service DAZN, as senior advisor. Mayer was the Walt Disney Company’s top streaming executive prior to his appointment at TikTok, but exited the role after only three months. His departure was due to the Donald Trump administration ordering ByteDance, TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company, to sell the social media platform to US buyers over claims that it represented a national security threat. Now, in his role at Access Industries, Mayer will focus on the group’s strategic media-related businesses and identify new opportunities across media, entertainment and telecommunications sectors.

Elsewhere, the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers have hired Alex Diaz as chief operating officer and promoted Jason Green from vice president, ticket sales and service, to chief ticketing officer. Reporting to Green will be Joel Adams, who is vice president of premium sales for Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center (IBEC), and Krystle Hogan, the Clippers’ vice president of sales and service. 

Digital and media solutions company has hired William Sapp as vice president of product sales, and Mike Brady as director of strategic alliances.

Additional appointments

Simon Thomas

Senior advisor, ColganBauer

Previously: Chief commercial officer, Fifa

David Newman

Executive vice president, chief marketing, content and communications officer, New York Mets

Notes: Newman was the Mets’ senior vice president of marketing and communications from 2005 to 2018. Since then he has served as a senior advisor to sports, media and entertainment entities and agencies.

Peter Woodfork

Senior vice president of minor league operations and development, Major League Baseball (MLB)

Previously: Senior vice president of baseball operations, MLB

Andy Anson

Chairman, Lancashire Cricket

Notes: Anson, chief executive of the British Olympic Association (BOA), will work with the club’s board and support chief executive Daniel Gidney.

Meredith McPherron

Chief executive and managing partner, Drive by DraftKings

Previously: Venture partner, Glasswing Ventures

Lindsay Masciangelo

Executive vice president, entertainment, GF Sports & Entertainment

Previously: Vice president, business operations, Philadelphia Wings

Thomas Tregelles

Vice president, international ecommerce, Legends

Previously: Group head of ecommerce, Sports Direct

Daniele Sano

Chief business officer, ATP Tour

Previously: Partnerships management and sales director, AS Roma

Alastair Marks

Interim chief executive, British Gymnastics

Previously: Business development director, Nielsen Sports

Notes: The search is underway for a permanent successor to Jane Allen, who is retiring next month after more than ten years as chief executive.

Francesco Ricci Bitti

President, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)

Notes: Ricci Bitti’s re-election for a third and final term was confirmed after the Italian was named as the only candidate.

Ivo Ferriani

President, Association of Winter Olympic International Federations (AIOWF)

Notes: Ferriani, who is president of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), was elected unanimously and will replace the retiring Gian-Franco Kasper.

Manuel Rosso

Chief operating officer, FloSports

Previously: Chief executive and co-founder, Rosso & Flynn

James Elliott

Head of sports media, Evolution Media Capital

Previously: Founder, Room9 Group

Jack Jenkins

Head of Midwest, brand partnerships, Overtime

Previously: Vice president, partnership development, Home Team Sports

Alex Carr

Head of partnerships, River Media Partners

Previously: Strategic partnerships manager – IMG Motorsport, IMG

Nick Palmer-Brown

Sport and entertainment lead, FleishmanHillard Fishburn

Previously: Associate director, Weber Shandwick

Penny Avis

Non-executive director, The European Tour

Notes: In addition to her current non-executive director roles at Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, and law firm Howard Kennedy, Avis is also the senior independent director at UK Athletics.

Tom Penn

Strategic partner, Sportsology

Previously: President, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC)

Michael Rogers

Innovation manager, International Cycling Union (UCI)

Previously: Technical partner manager, NTT Pro Cycling


Amy Palcic

Vice president of communications, Houston Texans

Notes: The first and only woman to have full PR responsibilities for a National Football League (NFL) team, ESPN reported that Palcic was sacked after being told she was no longer ‘a cultural fit’.

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