Fifa Awards World Cup TV Rights To Sepp Blatter’s Nephew Joseph Blatter
FIFA have appointed Infront Sports and Media as the organisation’s “exclusive sales representative for the distribution of Asian broadcast rights” for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Phew! Those negotiations were surely painstaking. And then there must have been a lengthy tendering process.
Niclas Ericson, FIFA’s director of TV, assures us:
“Infront offered the best package for this important and very complex project both in financial as well as marketing aspects. We believe that the team will deliver the best possible results for FIFA and help us achieve our distribution and financial objectives in Asia.”
Fifa president Sepp Blatter must be relieved. He can talk over the finer points of the deal with his nephew Philippe Blatter, President & CEO of…Infront:
Philippe Blatter is responsible for the group strategy and leads the Group Management Committee in charge of the operational business. Prior to joining Infront Sports & Media, Philippe Blatter spent 11 years working for the international top-management consulting firm McKinsey & Company as a Partner, leading the worldwide McKinsey Sports Practice. He has worked extensively in various organisations/fields related to sports business and is a board member of the Right To Play Foundation Switzerland. Philippe Blatter holds a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
So that’s how he got the job…