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Great start for the MESGO 7th edition in Switzerland!

The 30 MESGO participants, of 22 different nationalities, met in Lausanne last week. “Introduction to Global Sport Governance” was the main focus of this first session.

The first session of the MESGO 7th edition took place from 22 to 26 August 2022 and was co-directed by Nathalie Alaphilippe, lawyer at CDES and MESGO programme director and Jean-Philippe Bonardi, professor at HEC Lausanne. During this week, dedicated to the “Introduction to global sport governance”, the debates focused, among others, on the governance of national and international sports, on corporate governance issues and governance strategy.

MESGO VII participants were hosted by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and finally the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) where they had the opportunity to discuss a case study on FIBA vs Euroleague.

The MESGO VII group at the International Olympic Committee.

During this intense week, the participants had the chance to discuss and debate with senior leaders of the MESGO sports partners:

  • Giorgio Marchetti (deputy general secretary, UEFA)
  • Andreas Zagklis (secretary general, FIBA)
  • Martin Hausleitner (general secretary, EHF)

It was also an opportunity for the participants to listen and discuss with other high-level speakers from within and outside the sports sector and MESGO former participants:

  • Eric Ropert (managing director, French Ice Hockey Federation)
  • Kevin Ashby (Senior Digital Content Manager, UEFA)
  • Alex Phillips (consultant); Michal Buchel (CEO, International SAMBO Federation)
  • Ciska Du Plessis Austin (Strategic and Business Advisor, Cycling South Africa)

Many thanks to them for their availability and sharing their experience with the MESGO participants!

MESGO sessions are also an opportunity for participants to share special moments outside the classroom.   For this first session, several team-building activities took place, including cooking class, wine tasting and an introduction to track cycling.

Next stop will be in Paris, 10 to 14 October 2022 for a second session dedicated to “Competition Design and Financial Sustainability”.

The MESGO team in Barcelona for session 5

MESGO VI participants visited Barcelona last week for the fifth session of the programme. Francesc Solanellas, professor in sports management at Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia) organised the session, which took place from 24 to 28 January and was dedicated to sports events and participation.

Various topics and issues were tackled during the week, in particular :

  • Bidding strategies;
  • Governance models and main stakeholders;
  • Implementation of the event, with a focus on risk and crisis management;
  • Post-event issues (legacy, knowledge transfer and economic impact);
  • Strategies implemented by national and international federations to increase participation.

We would like to thank all the speakers that contribute to this session: Lars Haue-Pedersen, Managing Director (Sports Practice, Burson Cohn and Wolfe); Jordi Bertomeu Orteu, CEO (Euroleague Basketball); Roser Queraltó, Chief Business Development Officer (Euroleague Basketball); Eduard J.Scott, International C-Level Sports Business Leader (Freelance); Xavier González, former CEO  (International Paralympic Committee); Jeremy Cottino, Director of Strategy and Projects Execution (AS Monaco); Josep Lluis Santamaria, Director (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya); Marc Saurina, Commercial Partnerships Senior Director (Dorna Sports); Philippe Furrer, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer, (insPoweredBy) and Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer (The SHIFT); Patricia González, Group Leader Talent Development Programme (FIFA); Miguel Crespo, Head Participation and Education (International Tennis Federation); Gerard Figueras, former General Sports Secretary (Generalitat of Catalunya); Dr Holger Preuss, Professor (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz);  Gilbert Felli, Former Chief Executive Officer (IOC); André Fläckel, Head of Gaming and Esports (Infront Sports).

It was also an opportunity for the participants to listen and discuss with key representatives of MESGO sports partners: Robert Rieblinger, 3X3 Development Manager and Florian Pasquet, National Federations and Sport Senior Manager (FIBA) ; Lukasz Wojtowicz, Head of CEO office, Barbara Storaci, Project Manager, Andrea Brighenti, Head of Football Planning and Services and Peter Dennis, Licensing Manager (UEFA).

The MESGO team is very grateful to all of them for their availability and willingness to share their experiences.

At INEFC: presentation about “Bidding for UEFA events” by Andrea Brighenti
At INEFC: presentation about “Bidding for UEFA events” by Barbara Storaci
At Real Club de Polo Barcelona: presentation about the EuroLeague model by Jordi Bertomeu Orteu
At Real Club de Polo de Barcelona: presentation about Turkish Airlines Final Four by Roser Queralto
At Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: presentation about “Risk management for sports events” by Jérémy Cottino
Online: Robert Rieblinger, expert for FIBA 3X3 case study
At Emilio Sanchez Academy: presentation about “The current esports landscape” by André Flackel
At Emilio Sanchez Academy: presentation about “UEFA EURO 2020 eTournament” by Peter Dennis

As usual, a team-building event was organised during the week, in this case, participants competed against each other in a kart racing competition.

The next MESGO session will take place in London from 28 February to 4 March 2022 and will be dedicated to Marketing and Communicaton.

A one-week online session dedicated to the legal framework in sport

The third session of the sixth edition of the MESGO, initially scheduled in Brussels, took place online from 3rd to 7th May 2021.

The session was co-directed by Nathalie Alaphilippe and Jean-Christophe Breillat, both lawyers at CDES. During this week, dedicated to the “legal framework in sport”, the debates focused, among others, on the disciplinary procedures, EU law, advocacy and lobbying.

We would like to thank all the speakers that contribute to this session: Richard Harry, Chief Executive, Sport Resolutions; Efraim Barak, Founder of Efraim Barak, Sport Law and Consultancy; Loïc Alves, Legal Counsel FIFPRO (and MESGO IV graduate); Richard McLaren, Law Professor, Western University, CAS Arbitrator and Independent Investigator; Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary, EPAS – Council of Europe; Florencia Van Houdt, Head of the Sports Unit, European Commission; Michele Colucci, Member of the legal sector, European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO); Julien Zylberstein, Chief of Governance and Stakeholder Affairs, UEFA; Lukasz Bochenek, Managing Director of International Strategy, Leidar – Advocacy Lab, to name only a few.

Round-table discussion about Arbitration in Sport: pros and cons. Is CAS the only remedy?, Richard Harry, Chief Executive, Sport Resolutions

Expert during the role-playing exercise about “EU law and its application to sport’’, Benoît Keane, Keane Legal, Brussels

Round-table discussion about “Inter-institutional cooperation in the field of sport at EU level”, Katarzyna Biniaszczyk, Coordinator of the Sports Group, European Parliament (and MESGO V graduate)

Presentation about “Sport and European social dialogue’’, Paulina Tomczyk, General Secretary, EU Athletes body

Speaker during the round-table discussion about “EU advocacy and sport”, James Ogilvie, EU and Governmental Affairs Manager, UEFA

The next MESGO session will take place in Mainz (Germany) from 27 September to 1 October 2021 and will be dedicated to Ethics and Integrity.

A two-day online session dedicated to Competition Design and Financial Sustainability

On 8 and 9 March 2021, the first part of the 2nd session of the sixth edition of the MESGO, initially scheduled in Paris, took place online.

Directed by Sean Hamil, director at Birkbeck Sport Business Centre (University of London), the objective of this session was to give participants a general framework for competition design and financial sustainability by presenting, among other topics, the existing regulatory systems. In addition, during this two-day session, some time was also set aside for thesis methodology and exchanges with MESGO mentors.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the speakers that contributed to this ‘compact version of the online session’:

Tim Pawlowski (full professor of sport economics, University of Tübingen); Konstantin Grigorishin (founder and president, International Swimming Club Energy Standard and head of advisory board and financier, International Swimming League); Ales Zavrl (head of club licensing, UEFA); Philippe Rasmussen (head of financial fair play, UEFA); Didier Primault (general director, CDES); Raffaele Poli (head of CIES Football Observatory).

Presentation about the ‘Many ways to organise a competition’ by Tim Pawlowski, full professor of sport economics (University of Tübingen).

Group exercise on club licensing and financial fair play with the participation of Ales Zavrl, head of Club Licensing (UEFA) and MESGO V participant and Philippe Rasmussen, head of Financial Fair Play (UEFA).

Presentation about the general principles informing sport labour markets’ design and operation by Didier Primault, general director, CDES.

Presentation of an overview of the operation of the international football labour market, and implementation by FIFA of reforms of the regulation of the international player transfer market by Raffaele Poli, Head of CIES Football Observatory.

The second part of this session will be held in Paris this November.

Great start for the 6th MESGO edition

The first session of the sixth edition of the MESGO, initially scheduled in Switzerland, took place online from 18th to 22nd January 2021.

The session was co-directed by Jean-Jacques Gouguet, professor at the University of Limoges and Jean-Philippe Bonardi, dean at HEC Lausanne. During this week, dedicated to the “introduction to global sport governance”, the debates focused, among others, on the governance of national and international sports, on corporate governance issues, innovation in the context of sport and the decision-making processes.

The participants had the opportunity to interact with senior leaders of the MESGO sporting and institutional partners:

  • Michael Wiederer, president, EHF
  • Andreas Zagklis, secretary general, FIBA
  • Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director, UEFA
  • Stanislas Frossard, executive secretary EPAS, Council of Europe

Presentation about FIBA governance and strategy: past, present and future by Andreas Zagklis, secretary general, FIBA.

Moreover, they were able to listen, discuss and share their views with a large panel of experts in their field, such as:

  • Sean Hamil, director, Birkbeck Sport Business Center, University of London
  • Jean-Loup Chappelet, professor, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration
  • Alex Phillips, independent advisor
  • Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director, IOC
  • Patrick Comninos, CEO, Basketball Champions League
  • Michael Mrkonjic, head of division, Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen
  • Miles Templeman, independent non-executive director, Rugby Football Union
  • Yann Le Moenner, CEO, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO)
  • Mogens Kirkeby, president, International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)
  • Xavier Timbeau, head of forecast and analysis department, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Guido Palazzo, professor of Business Ethics, HEC Lausanne

The new MESGO cohort.

Presentation of the IOC strategy by Christophe Dubi, Olympic Games executive director, IOC.

Analysis of the FIBA/EuroLeague situation by Patrick Comninos, CEO, Basketball Champions League.

Indicator for good governance: a status report and critical approach to practice by Jean-Loup Chappelet, professor at Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration and Michael Mrkonjic, head of division, Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen.

Round-table discussion: opportunities for event owners with Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director at UEFA and Yann Le Moenner, CEO at Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).

Sports activities took place during the week to help participants explore their daily mobility habits with some useful methods to help them express their body movements.

See you in Brussels for the next session!

A two-day online session dedicated to Chinese Sport

On 28 and 29 September 2020, the first part of the 9th (and final) session of the fifth edition of the MESGO, initially scheduled in Beijing, took place online. Our sincerest appreciation goes to Beijing Sport University: MESGO partner for the Chinese online sessions.

Co-directed by Holger Preuss, professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and Jean-Jacques Gouguet, professor at the University of Limoges, the objective of this session was to introduce participants to the Chinese sport system.

During those two days, the participants had the opportunity to interact with a large panel of experts in their field, such as:

  • Jeanne Gloanec, journalist, Le vent de la Chine
  • Shengxin Li, Vice-Dean, Management School, Beijing Sport University
  • Xiaoqian Hu, professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • Wu Dong, professor, Beijing Sport University
  • Pierre Justo, director, Asia TNS Sofres
  • Louis Liu, general secretary, Chinese Football Association
  • Andrew Mercer, acting general counsel and legal director, Asian Football Confederation
  • Romuald Nguyen, director, French Football Office, China
  • Wolfgang Maennig, professor, department of Economics, Hamburg University
  • Mengmeng Zhang, chief representative China, OL Groupe
  • Larry Zheng, vice president, Shankaï Sports
  • David Dongwei Yang, chief executive officer, HS Sports & Media / Operation partner of CITIC Capital

Round-table live discussion about CFA, the future of football in China and Asia – strategy and challenges: Louis Liu, general secretary, Chinese Football Association

Discussion about Chinese global strategy “belt and road project” and sport with Wolfgang Maennig, professor at Hamburg University

Round-table live discussion about Chinese investment in sport industry: Larry Zheng, vice president at Shankaï Sports.

A warm thank you to all the speakers for their high-level contributions to the session!

Participants also got the chance to take part in some virtual, fun and interactive social events, such as a live Qi Gong lesson and an initiation to traditional Chinese calligraphy.

The second part of this final MESGO V session will be conducted during a face-to-face seminar next March in Paris. The fundamental question of the future of sport will be addressed, notably through the consequences related to the COVID-19 crisis, the new sustainability model and what the repercussions are for sport and its governance.

MESGO congratulates Robert Barczi

A newly graduated participant of the MESGO V edition have been appointed new senior position.

We are delighted to report that Robert Barczi has stepped into the role of Sports Director at the Hungarian Football Federation, after previously serving at the organisation as competition director.

He has been working as a sports manager for more than 10 years, honing his skills occupying such positions as managing director of Nyíregyháza Spartacus, as well as director and secretary-general of the regional football league of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg.

On behalf of all the MESGO community we would like to wish him the best of success in his new position.

Congratulations Andrew!

The Asian Football Confederation has appointed Andrew Mercer – MESGO IV graduate, as Acting General Counsel and Legal Director.

Andrew Mercer - UEFA

Andrew began his career at the AFC as Deputy Legal Director almost 3 years ago, after spending many years at UEFA. He has an exceptional knowledge of sport law and significant professional experience within the football sector.

A great promotion for Andrew, who will continue to apply his outstanding legal skills to the development of Asian football.

All the MESGO community wishes him the best of success in his new position.

MESGO V participants defended their thesis online

Over two days, on 16 and 17 April 2020, 21 participants of the fifth edition of the Executive Master in Global Sport Governance (MESGO) defended their thesis online.

This year, the MESGO Viva Voce was organised under the most challenging circumstances due to the current health situation. Therefore, we would like to say a big thanks to all our partners for their contributions to the MESGO programme and also to congratulate the participants for having successfully completed the 18-month course and especially for their hard work and commitment shown through these difficult times.

Congratulations to the new graduates of MESGO V: Didier Andrist, Irena Bakrevska Miloshevska, Robert Barczi, Yashwanth Biyyala, Katarzyna Biniaszczyk, Michal Buchel, Dimitrios Davakis, Ciska Du Plessis-Austin, Nerijus Dunauskas, Stuart Dykes, Alvaro Garcia Alaman De La Calle, Gurvan Kervadec, Giel Kirkels, Pierre Locht, Anton Maliutin, Jonathan Martinez, Nuno Moura, Joanna Poulton, Jovan Šurbatović, Lisa Wiederer and Ales Zavrl.

The two days’ viva voce was completed with an online celebration!

In anticipation of the time when we can all meet to celebrate in person.

MESGO congratulates Ciska Du Plessis-Austin recently appointed as President of the Cycling South Africa

Ciska Du Plessis-Austin becomes the first female President of the Federation.

Ciska presented her proposed strategy for the next four years, which will focus on seven key business and development units.
The proposed strategy includes a focus on a clearer talent development pathway within a stronger-positioned sporting structure.
The vision of the Cycling South Africa new president is to better align all the parties involved in the sport and create a united front.

The MESGO Team wishes Ciska every success in her new position!