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 iX.co has hired William Sapp as vice president of product sales, and Mike Brady as director of strategic alliances.
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