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FT Business of Football Summit

The Search for Growth and Value in the World's Most Popular Sport

London |
Speakers include:
Christian Seifert

Christian Seifert


Vinai Venkatesham

Vinai Venkatesham

Arsenal FC

Baroness Campbell CBE

Baroness Campbell CBE

The Football Association


Backed by lucrative media rights agreements, large corporate sponsorship deals, and capital injections by cash-rich tycoons and global investment groups, football is not only the world’s most popular sport, it is among the most profitable.

However, as with many other asset classes, there are cyclical and structural forces at play, and disruptive elements that are transforming the competitive landscape. With transfer fees, player salaries and agent fees jumping to historically high levels, pressure is increasing on the big clubs to maintain growth and on the smaller ones to remain in the race. 
At the same time, digital technology platforms are changing the dynamics of audience engagement, with implications for media revenues, while national, regional and global regulators, still challenged over issues of governance, try to balance the need for financial sustainability against fairer competition and a greater attention to the sport’s fan base.
This environment is opening up the sport to a new wave of private equity and corporate investment which could help level the playing field. It is also forcing clubs and leagues to look for new opportunities for growth globally, in both the men's and women's games. 

The inaugural FT Business of Football Summit will bring together leading investors, club and league executives, regulators, broadcasters, sponsors, advisors and other key influencers to discuss the changing shape of the football economy, the key M&A drivers, and generally what the future holds financially for the beautiful game.

fallback Add to my Calendar 05/21/2019 08:00:0005/21/2019 19:00:00trueFT Business of Football SummitBacked by lucrative media rights agreements, large corporate sponsorship deals, and capital injections by cash-rich tycoons and global investment groups, football is not only the world’s most popular sport, it is among the most profitable.However, as with many other asset classes, there are cyclical and structural forces at play, and disruptive elements that are transforming the competitive landscape. With transfer fees, player salaries and agent fees jumping to historically high levels, pressure is increasing on the big clubs to maintain growth and on the smaller ones to remain in the race. At the same time, digital technology platforms are changing the dynamics of audience engagement, with implications for media revenues, while national, regional and global regulators, still challenged over issues of governance, try to balance the need for financial sustainability against fairer competition and a greater attention to the sport’s fan base.This environment is opening up the sport to a new wave of private equity and corporate investment which could help level the playing field. It is also forcing clubs and leagues to look for new opportunities for growth globally, in both the men's and women's games. The inaugural FT Business of Football Summit will bring together leading investors, club and league executives, regulators, broadcasters, sponsors, advisors and other key influencers to discuss the changing shape of the football economy, the key M&A drivers, and generally what the future holds financially for the beautiful game.FT-Business-of-Football-Summit14ade65b4d9fab40ce3401356deb75ebMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 21st May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Welcome Remarks
  • 9:10am
    Soccernomics 10 Years On

    A decade ago, FT writer Simon Kuper, with sports industry academic Stefan Szymanski, published Soccernomics, the international bestseller and football industry bible. Using previously unknown research, the book explored the power of money and the value of statistics in understanding the beautiful game. Ten years on, Simon discusses whether their conclusions have stood the test of time: are wage bills still the best indicator of a team’s success? Are Brazilian footballers still not cut out for the Premier League? And are the US, Japan and even Turkey really destined to win the World Cup... some day?

    Simon Kuper, Columnist, Financial Times, and co-author, "Soccernomics"

  • 9:40am
    Media Rights and Digital Challengers – A New Ball Game

    New entrants are increasingly challenging traditional broadcasters for media rights. From digital upstarts like DAZN, to Silicon Valley heavyweights like Amazon and Facebook, technology groups are disrupting the market. What do they gain from screening live football and do they have the deep pockets to steal prized content away from media giants? Has the media rights market for live sports generally peaked? As the industry undergoes a historic consolidation, will the business model of Pay TV networks move away from paying top prices for exclusive live football?

    Claire Enders, Founder, Enders Analysis
    Peter Hutton, Director of Global Sports Partnerships & Programming, Facebook
    Frank Ryan, Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, DLA Piper

  • 10:20am
    Keynote Interview

    Javier Tebas, President, LaLiga

    Interviewed by Murad Ahmed, Sports Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Networking Break
  • 11:10am
    Getting a Club into the Big League – Weighing the Risks of a Lower-End Investment

    An increasing number of investors are buying clubs in lower leagues and building them up for the big time, hoping for rapid promotion to the top echelons. Without the substantial revenues from media rights, and with relatively smaller game attendances, how patient can they be for success? To what extent are the benefits of buying at the lower end offset by the risks of slower than anticipated returns?

    Mehmet Dalman, Chairman, Cardiff City FC
    Andrea Radrizzani, Chairman, Leeds United FC

  • 11:50am
    Keynote Interview

    Christian Seifert, CEO, Bundesliga 

    Interviewed by Murad Ahmed, Sports Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:10pm
    Sponsorship – A Key Route to Commercial Growth

    The sponsorship business model in football has remained stable for years. Clubs rely on large matchday crowds and lucrative broadcasting deals to prove the size of their audience, then sponsors pay to be associated with teams. But elite sides are taking an ever larger share of the marketing pie. Research from Nielsen shows the overall market for football sponsorship, worth €11bn, is growing by 2 per cent a year. But the growth rate at the biggest 10 clubs is 12 per cent. Will the largest clubs continue to pull away from the chasing pack when it comes to coining commercial deals? Can wealth from sponsors be spread more evenly across the game? What data matters in assessing the value of a endorsement deal? And are there innovative deals that clubs, players and governing bodies can create to ensure sponsors get more bang for their buck?

  • 12:50pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:50pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 2:10pm
    A New Era of Leadership - Models of Achieving Success and Remaining Sustainable On and Off the Pitch

    The advent of Financial Fair Play was designed to usher in a new era into European football. Clubs are being forced to rely upon sustainable business models, spending within their means while looking to place competitive teams on the pitch. We speak to executives leading top clubs about their approaches in the post-FFP era. What are the innovative ways to build commercial revenues and reach new fan bases around the world? How can teams ensure they spend smartly in the transfer market? And what are the ways to spot commercial and sporting opportunities to get a vital edge?

    Vinai Venkatesham, Managing Director, Arsenal FC

  • 2:50pm
    The Women’s Game – A New Growth Opportunity?

    Underfunded for decades, the women’s game represents a new growth opportunity, with media and sponsorship interest rising alongside match attendances. Manchester United and Juventus are among the latest major European clubs to invest in creating women’s teams. What else can be done to elevate women’s football?

    Caroline Barker, Sports presenter, BBC Radio
    Baroness Campbell CBE, Director of Women’s Football, The Football Association

  • 3:30pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:50pm
    The Coming Disruption - How Tech is Changing Football

    New technological breakthroughs are leading teams, leagues and sports groups to evolve. Elite clubs are investing more in analytics seeking a footballing edge. Clubs and leagues are investing in over-the-top streaming services and dedicated apps to create a closer connection to their fans. The world’s leading technology companies promise to help football enter the digital age. But how? In what ways will new technologies disrupt a decades-old sport?

  • 4:30pm
    Football as an Asset Class – The Key Drivers of M&A in the Current Environment

    The increasing profitability of football has made the sport a more attractive asset class for a wide range of investors. To what extent is the influx of private equity, which has traditionally focused on relatively short-term returns and effective exit strategies, changing the shape of the football economy? Why are so many new owners entering football? What are the key drivers of M&A in the current football market environment? How does football as an asset class compare with other sports?

    Chien Lee, Founder, Chairman and CEO, NewCity Capital

  • 5:10pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 5:30pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:40pm
    Cocktail Reception

Speakers (15)

Christian Seifert

Christian Seifert


Christian Seifert is the Chief Executive Officer of DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga, which operates Germany's top football leagues, Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. He is also Vice President of the DFB, the German football association, and a member of the board of the DFL e.V.

Mr Seifert is responsible for the strategic orientation and overall leadership of the DFL. Since he took over in 2005, the DFL has founded half a dozen subsidiaries and has become the only football league to fully serve all levels of media with the companies it controls. From data collection for sport and media analysis, to production and global distribution of the base signal, maintenance of its own digital archive, worldwide digital marketing and global rights distribution, the DFL guarantees the highest media expertise. Under Mr Seifert’s leadership, the revenue of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 has risen from €1.5 billion to over €4 billion per season.

Prior to his role at the DFL, Seifert was Chairman of the Board at KarstadtQuelle New Media AG. During his tenure there, he oversaw the acquisition of sports broadcaster DSF (now SPORT1) and an extensive merchandising rights package for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This went hand-in-hand with an expansion of the company’s involvement in the spheres of e- and TV commerce. From 1998 to 2000, Mr Seifert was Director of Marketing (Central Europe) for MTV Networks, having previously risen to Head of Product Management at MGM Media Gruppe Munich (1995-1998).

Vinai Venkatesham

Vinai Venkatesham

Managing Director
Arsenal FC

Vinai Venkatesham is an Oxford University graduate who started his career in the City, firstly as an oil trader and then as a strategy consultant at Deloitte where he qualified as a management accountant. He transitioned into a career in sport when he joined the commercial team of the London 2012 Olympics in 2005. There he was key part of a record-breaking team that together raised £2bn from the private sector. Vinai then moved to Arsenal Football Club in 2010, and after a successful period of driving commercial revenue growth as Chief Commercial Officer was promoted to Managing Director in 2018.

Outside Arsenal, Vinai is a Non-Executive Director of the British Olympic Association. He has also held Non-Executive Director roles at the London 2017 World Athletics Championships and the digital start-up Dugout. In 2018 he was ranked number 46 on the list of the 101 most influential Asians in Britain.

Baroness Campbell CBE

Baroness Campbell CBE

Director of Women's Football
The Football Association

Baroness Sue Campbell trained as a physical education teacher, taught in Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. During this time, Sue represented her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. She then went on to spend four years as a regional officer with the Sports Council (now Sport England) before moving to the National Coaching Foundation (NCF). Following 11 years as the Chief Executive of the NCF, she became Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. In February 2005, Sue became Chair of that organisation until December 2017. Sue was appointed Head of Women’s Football with The Football Association in March 2016, and became Director of Women’s Football in January 2018.

Among many honours, Sue has received 11 honorary doctorates and in June 2003, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to sport. In April 2005 she was appointed as Chair for UK Sport, following 18 months as the Reform Chair. Sue held this position for two terms until April 2013, where she presided over Team GB and Paralympic GB’s incredible performance at the London 2012 games. In December 2008 Sue was appointed to the House of Lords as an independent Crossbench Peer. Sue was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Mark Abbott

Mark Abbott

President and Deputy Commissioner
Major League Soccer

The architect of Major League Soccer’s business plan, Mark Abbott was named President and Deputy Commissioner in June 2013. He has been instrumental in many of the League’s accomplishments since he became the organisation’s first employee in 1993, three years before MLS’s first season.

For nearly two decades, during which the League saw transformational growth, Mr Abbott was primarily focused on the business, legal and financial side of MLS. In his current role, he leads and manages all areas of League operations and competition, including product strategy, player relations, strategic planning and communications. He also leads a new business development group to address new areas of opportunity for the League and Soccer United Marketing.

Along with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Mr Abbott is the League’s primary contact in discussions with potential investors and expansion cities. He was the principal author of the League’s business plan, ultimately approved by FIFA as a legacy of World Cup USA 1994, the most successful World Cup in history. He played a primary role in creating the League’s structure and negotiating with the initial investor-operator group.

As the League’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Mr Abbott played a key role in the launch of MLS in 1996. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1997 and became MLS President in 2006. He was named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in both 2001 and 2002.

Prior to joining MLS, Mr Abbott practiced law as an associate of MLS Founder Alan I. Rothenberg with Latham & Watkins, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial law.

Mr Abbott earned his Law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the Managing Editor of the California Law Review. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Foreign Service degree in International Economics, cum laude, and an Honours certificate in International Business Diplomacy.

Caroline Barker

Caroline Barker

Sports presenter and broadcaster

Caroline Barker hosts some of the world's biggest sports shows, including Sportshour on the BBC World Service and NFL on BBC TV. A familiar voice of sport, she presents the Peter and Caroline Show on BBC Radio 5 Live, and regularly appears on Drive and 606. She can be seen presenting on Premier League Today on Premier League Productions, Sky Netball, Champions League of Darts, and The EFL Show on Quest TV. She is the founder and host of the long-running The Non League Football Show and presents the Totally Football Show.

Caroline has a wealth of presenting experience at some of the world's biggest sporting events, from the Rio 2016 Olympics to the World Cup final. She is equally comfortable writing as well as broadcasting as proven with a number of published articles in national newspapers. Away from the microphone, Caroline hosts many events for clients including charity and sport governing bodies. She is a director of content creative Jibba Jabba and was previously on the board of Chelmsford City Football Club. A fan of her home club, Caroline was also a director there from 2009 to 2011.

Mehmet Dalman

Mehmet Dalman

Cardiff City FC

Mehmet Dalman has over 20 years of global corporate, investment and banking experience. He is Chairman of WMG, a London-based alternative investment firm focused on private equity and real estate which he founded in 2004. He is also Chairman of the Board of HR Owen and Cardiff City Football Club; a founding Partner and Director of Envision Real Estate Capital Partners, a Chinese real estate development company; and a Non-executive Director of Panmure Gordon, a UK stock broker.

Prior to this Mehmet was Chairman of ENRC, a FTSE 100 mining company. He joined the Board at the IPO of the company, chairing the Investment Committee and later becoming the Senior Independent Director before taking over as Chairman.

Previously Mehmet was a member of the Board of Directors at Commerzbank AG, where he founded and led Commerzbank Securities, the investment banking arm of the group. He established a global equity business on five major platforms in Frankfurt, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York and also held board seats on the Supervisory Boards of Deutsche Börse and Eurex.

Prior to joining Commerzbank AG, Mehmet was the Managing Director and General Manager of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Capital Markets Japan, responsible for equity and equity derivatives in Japan and across the Asia Pacific region. He headed Credit Lyonnais' Japanese and European equities for over five years before joining Deutsche Bank. He started his career with Nikko Securities where he was a Managing Director.

Alongside this, Mehmet has taken an active interest in charitable work, focusing on children and young adults, having worked with The Disability Foundation based at the Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital. He is currently on the Corporate Advisory Board for Chain of Hope and is a Trustee for the Mayor’s Fund for London. Mehmet holds an MA from the London School Of Economics.

Claire Enders

Claire Enders

Enders Analysis

Claire Enders founded Enders Analysis in 1997, after a successful strategy career in UK media. Today, Enders Analysis is the leading TMT research company in the UK, with over 170 corporate subscribers. Claire is the top independent analyst of the creative industries, the broadcast economy, content production and exploitation models in the digital age. Enders Analysis provides research, analysis and specialist expertise of major markets (US, UK, Europe). The team of 25 is led by economists and analysts. The company is a leading authority in its sectors for the Financial Times, the BBC and The Economist.

Enders Analysis supports a wide range of charities in the UK with which Claire is actively involved, including the NSPCC, and many cultural enterprises. Claire also supports the Scar Face Foundation, The Marie Colvin Network for Female Journalists, and the Women’s Equality Party. A Freeman of the City Guild of Entrepreneurs, Claire is on the Advisory Board of Glyndebourne, a Trustee of the Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford and a former Trustee of the NSPCC, Glyndebourne and the Natural History Museum Development Trust.

Claire is a graduate of Yale and the London Business School. In 2016, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Television Society for her significant contribution to television, presented to her by Sir Peter Bazalgette.

Peter Hutton

Peter Hutton

Director of Global Sports Partnerships & Programming

Peter Hutton has travelled the world in a unique sports broadcasting career that has seen major roles with both broadcasters and agencies. He began as a 16-year-old sports reporter on local radio in Yorkshire, England commentating on football, rugby league and cricket throughout his time at Cambridge University. His TV career began with the BBC, where he worked on the Hillsborough football disaster before becoming one of the first faces on Sky Sports as a reporter/presenter for the launch of pay TV in the UK. In 1993 he became the first producer of the world-distributed show ‘Futbol Mundial’ for IMG before becoming the company’s first employee in India in 1994. Based out of Delhi for eight years, he ran groundbreaking coverage of Indian sports and Bollywood music events. In 2002 he was one of the founders of the Ten Sports channel and was CEO of the company when it was sold to Zee TV in 2010. He joined Fox International Channels to run its international sports business and joined the board of Fox Sports Africa and became Managing Director of Fox Sports in Asia. In 2012 he became the co-CEO of the MP and Silva agency, before leaving to become CEO of the pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, where he acquired the rights to the Olympics in Europe and oversaw the first of the contracted Olympic events in South Korea. In 2018, he became Facebook’s first head of live sports. Peter lives in Paris.

Ebru Koksal

Ebru Koksal

Senior Advisor, J. Stern & Co, and
former CEO, Galatasaray Group

Ebru Koksal has a deep background in both football and finance. She began her professional career in 1990 in New York, as a financial analyst in Corporate Finance at Morgan Stanley. From 1992 to 1999, she served as a senior manager at Citibank Turkey. Ebru then joined AIG’s private equity fund, which seconded her as CFO to Galatasaray Football Club, one of its investments. She stayed at Galatasaray and served as the club’s General Marketing Manager, the Marketing and Finance Group Head, and the Stadium General Manager.

In 2010, Ebru was named CEO of the Galatasaray Group. A year later, she became the first and only female General Secretary of the Turkish Football Federation and also started working with FIFA and UEFA as a consultant, until 2017. She is also the only woman to date to have been elected to the Board of the European Club Association. She was the recipient of the Executive of the Year Award from Stadium Business in 2011.

Ebru is currently a Senior Advisor to global investment firm J. Stern & Co. She is also a non-executive director of Doublepass BV and a nominee director on the MNT Healthcare Board representing IFC.

A true advocate of gender equality, she is the Interim Chair of Women in Football UK and a founding committee member of 30% Club Turkey.

A Turkish National, Ebru is a graduate of Brown University (magna cum laude), with a dual degree in Economics and International Relations, and of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper

Columnist, Financial Times, and
co-author, Soccernomics

Simon Kuper has been working for the Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe during the Second World War (2003), and – as co-author with Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries. He has won several awards for his journalism, ranging from the Manuel Vazquez Montalban prize for sportswriting in 2008 (sponsored by FC Barcelona) to the British Society of Magazine Editors’ prize for Columnist of the Year in 2016. He is British, lives in Paris, was born in Kampala, Uganda, and was educated at Oxford University and Harvard.

Chien Lee

Chien Lee

Founder, Chairman and CEO
NewCity Capital

Chien Lee is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of NewCity Capital, a private investment company formed in February 2013 and focused on hospitality, sport and real estate. In June 2016, Mr Lee became the Chairman and owner of OGC Nice FC, a club founded in 1904 that currently plays in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. In December 2017, he became the Chairman and owner of Barnsley FC, a club in the English Football League.

Since June 2014, Mr Lee has been an investor in and served as director of Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd, the developer of the Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam, one of the region’s largest integrated resorts. In October 2004, he co-founded 7 Days Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: SVN), one of the leading budget hotel chains in China. He also co-founded The Officebox in April 2004, a Chinese office products retail chain. Mr Lee is a founder and since August 1989 has served as Chairman of Lee Holdings Company, Inc, a US-based investment company focusing on the acquisition of non-performing assets in the United States from different sources, including but not limited to major banks and life insurance companies.

Richard Masters

Richard Masters

Interim Chief Executive
Premier League

Richard Masters was appointed Interim Chief Executive of the Premier League in December 2018. He oversees all elements of the League’s operations and is responsible for the continuing success of the most watched football league in the world.

Richard has worked in the UK sports marketing industry for more than 25 years and joined the Premier League in 2006, as Director of Sales and Marketing. In July 2015, Richard took on the role of Managing Director, where his core responsibilities included leading the Premier League’s commercial sales processes, partnership management, digital operations and overseeing international events.

Prior to joining the Premier League, Richard was Commercial Director at The Football League for five years, and before that he worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Andrea  Radrizzani

Andrea Radrizzani

Leeds United FC

Andrea Radrizzani is owner and Chairman of Leeds United Football Club, international sports content platform Eleven Sports, and global investment company Aser. Andrea is a leading entrepreneur and has been at the forefront of the global sports media industry throughout his distinguished career. He co-founded MP & Silva in 2004 and has overseen the rapid growth of Eleven Sports in several markets in Europe, Asia and North America since its launch in 2015. In recent years, Andrea has also led Aser’s investment in several growing digital businesses including Whistle Sports, Hellodi, Easyprod and Sports Data Labs, creating an ecosystem of innovative services and sports-related content.

Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan

Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology Practice
DLA Piper

Frank Ryan is the Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice. He provides legal and strategic advice to domestic and multinational clients who draw on his experience in litigation, intellectual property, media and sports, and complex commercial matters.

Frank is a go-to strategist and litigator who has handled numerous engagements and cases in the media and sports business and has particular experience in cable and satellite, trademark, trade secret, false advertising and business disputes. He routinely counsels clients on media and sports deals as well as on disputes and intellectual property portfolio development and protection.

Frank's experience includes numerous engagements for ESPN, Disney, ABC, NCAA-related matters, Nike, Al Jazeera, Medtronic, ConMed and beIN Sports, as well as for a number of other prominent networks and media and sports-related entities, among them professional sports clubs.

He is a member of DLA Piper's Executive Committee and Global Board.

Javier Tebas

Javier Tebas


Javier Tebas Medrano’s involvement in football began in 1993, when he was named President of Sociedad Deportiva Huesca. In 2001, Mr Tebas was elected Vice President of LaLiga, after which, in 2003, he headed a group representing 30 LaLiga clubs that worked on joint negotiation of audio-visual rights. He was appointed President of LaLiga in April 2013.

Upon taking up the LaLiga presidency, Mr Tebas’ main objective was to reduce clubs debts and restore financial health. This first major objective was achieved in the span of just a few years. A second major milestone was achieving the ability to jointly sell audio-visual rights and more fairly distribute income across all clubs. The 2016/2017 season was the first time LaLiga sold the rights as a collective, something that was determined by Royal decree. LaLiga also worked on substantially improving the quality of its broadcast product, utilising cutting-edge technology to deliver the world’s best-televised football competition.

Today LaLiga is focused on international growth, strengthening its brand around the world, getting closer to fans everywhere and attracting new fans to the beauty of Spanish football. The league has established nine international offices and dispatched representatives to more than 40 countries to help grow awareness of the league and its clubs. LaLiga is doing all this at a time of rapid change in the broadcasting environment. The league has partnered with innovative new providers such as DAZN, Facebook, Eleven Sports and YouTube to reach its fans.

Other key aspects of LaLiga´s work driven by Mr Tebas are the fight against piracy, the fight against violence in football, and supporting the growth of women´s football. At the same time, LaLiga is focused on sharing the lessons it has learned to help football grow everywhere.

Mr Tebas holds a degree in Law from the University of Zaragoza.


Co-Chairs (2)

Murad  Ahmed

Murad Ahmed

Sports Correspondent
Financial Times

Murad Ahmed is the FT's Sports Correspondent. He writes news and features on the world, business and science of sport. He has covered the biggest stories, from the Rio Olympics to the growing Chinese investment in football. Before this he covered sport, hotels, restaurants, tourism and more as Leisure Correspondent. He joined the FT in July 2014 as European Technology Correspondent, and had written about the global technology sector for eight years. Prior to joining the FT, he worked at The Times of London and studied at the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Arash Massoudi

Arash Massoudi

Corporate Finance and Deals Editor
Financial Times

Arash Massoudi is Corporate Finance and Deals Editor at the Financial Times based in London, where he has worked since 2014. Prior to that, he was capital markets reporter in the FT's New York bureau. He is the co-creator of the FT’s premium corporate finance briefing called Due Diligence. He joined the FT in London in 2011 from the US government where he served in the Commerce department.

Moderator (1)

Madison Marriage

Madison Marriage

Tax and Accounting Correspondent
Financial Times

Madison Marriage is the Tax and Accounting Correspondent at the Financial Times, where she has worked for seven years. Before taking on this role in 2017, she covered the global asset management industry as an FT correspondent, and was Deputy Editor of the newspaper's investment section, FTfm. Before joining the FT she worked at Incisive Media on two investment titles, following a short stint at a literary agency in Paris. She studied French and German at university.

Who Attends

The summit will comprise of senior decision makers from the following sectors: 
Football Clubs
Governing Bodies
Football Associations
Sports Agencies
Sports Brands
Sports Government Officials
Corporate Sponsors
Sporting Media
Stadium Builders
Heads of M&A
Private equity investors 
Technology providers 
Professional services in football
e.g. Lawyers, Accountants, Banks, Consultancies, Insurance Companies




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