Football is the world’s most popular sport, and, also, one of the most active sectors globally for deal-making. Whether it is M&A, private equity investment, stadium financing, media rights, sponsorship contracts, player transfers, or salary packages, the business of football has become a multi-billion dollar economy. And as with many other major asset classes, there are disruptive forces that are shifting the goalposts – challenging established systems and creating new opportunities for growth.
Building on its inaugural event in May 2019, the FT Business of Football Summit returns to renew its unique exploration into all of football’s key income streams, bringing together the biggest names in the industry to debate the financial future of the beautiful game.
Leading investors, club and league executives, regulators, broadcasters, sponsors, advisors and other key influencers will share expert insights and often surprising stories to give structure and colour to the major issues affecting the football economy.
We will explore the new technology that is transforming the way the sport is both consumed and played, radical proposals to expand regional and global tournaments, the continuing efforts by regulators to level the financial playing field, and the enormous growth potential for the women’s game following the success of the 2019 World Cup.