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Soccerex host breaking UEFA media rights

Soccerex has announced that UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein will be part of an exclusive session on UEFA’s plans to centralise media rights for national team matches at next month’s European Forum in Manchester.

The session will mark the first time European football's governing body has officially spoken publicly about the initiative, which will come into effect in 2014. UEFA's plan foresees the centralisation of media rights for the European qualifiers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016. The session will explain in detail the strategic motives behind the decision, along with discussing how the product will be branded, timetabled and delivered to viewers. It will also consider the impact the changes will have on the industry's stakeholders; namely fans, broadcasters, sponsors and agencies.

"This is arguably the most exciting new sports rights product since the UEFA Champions League was created in 1992 and to have UEFA talk about it publicly for the first time at the Soccerex European Forum is not only a great privilege, it demonstrates why Soccerex is the leading football business event," said Duncan Revie, Soccerex CEO.

UEFA's presentation is one of many key topics being discussed at the Soccerex European Forum. The conference will also include sessions on player and coach development in the wake of Financial Fair Play (FFP) and the new Elite Player Performance Plan, the 'Art of Management' - a presentation from one of Europe's most successful managers and a look at the relationship between betting and football with consideration to the issue of match fixing.

Club ownership and financial management with regard to FFP will also be analysed, along with the changing landscape of football sponsorship and the turbulent relationship between football and the media. For full information about Soccerex and future Soccerex events please visit www.­soccerex.­com, call +44 (0)20 8742 7100 or email enquiry@soccerex.com.

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