DAZN, the OTT sports broadcaster, has announced that Andrew Ryan has joined as Managing Director FIBA Media to steer the group’s joint venture with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Reporting directly to Stewart Walker, EVP Global Rights Partnerships, Ryan is responsible for driving FIBA Media’s growth strategy, to create opportunities to develop and promote basketball worldwide, further enhance the quality of broadcast coverage and work with broadcasters across the globe to promote basketball locally.
Ryan joins DAZN Group from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he led their global media, legal and business affairs for the past three years, developing their strategy and driving innovations in digital sponsorship programs. Prior to his role at the IOC, he was Group Head of Legal at Perform Group across the Commercial division. He is also a founder of the Bball UK Basketball League Project; an investment proposition designed to revolutionise basketball in the UK at professional and grassroots levels.
Ryan takes over from Paul Stimpson, who moves into a new role within the group at DAZN, the fast growing sports streaming service, taking the lead on rights acquisition across key rights holders and federations.
Ryan commented: “It’s been a tremendous year for basketball and I’m thrilled to be joining FIBA Media at such a pinnacle point in its journey. I look forward to continuing the momentum off the back of a hugely successful FIBA Basketball World Cup in China and delivering new growth opportunities for a sport I’m incredibly passionate about.”
Jacopo Tonoli, Chief Commercial Officer, added: “FIBA Media has been a great success story since 2016, more than doubling revenues and delivering the various FIBA events to new levels. Andrew will build on the great work that Paul Stimpson and the wider FIBA Media team have already achieved over the past years. With his background and expertise, I’m confident he will continue to drive our partnership to the next level.”
FIBA Media was formed in 2016 as a partnership between DAZN Group and FIBA to raise the overall standard of delivery, graphic, production and coverage of basketball all around the world. FIBA Media’s production of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 achieved record-breaking results with a cumulative TV audience reach of over 3 billion, generating a further 1.5 billion video views on social media.