BBC, ITV executives in line to replace Premier League chairman Scudamore

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Executives from British public broadcaster BBC and commercial broadcast network ITV are among those who have been shortlisted by Premier League to replace the outgoing chairman Richard Scudamore.

According to Comcast-owned Sky News, BBC Studios chief Tim Davie and ITV’s strategy director Tom Betts are two of three names shortlisted to lead English top flight soccer league.

It is still not clear who the third candidate is on the list, although the report by Sky claims that an American media industry mogul could be in the fray for Scudamore’s position. The former BT chief Gavin Patterson and former Sky executive Mike Darcey and Sky Sports boss Barney Francis have also previously been mentioned.

The search for Scudamore’s replacement is being spearheaded by headhunters Spencer Stuart, who report to a five-person panel led by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck. The panel is expected to recommend a preferred candidate to a meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs in November.

Reports form British media have emerged last month that former United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair was among the high profile names suggested as Scudamore’s successor in the last meeting of Premier League club.

Premier League had confirmed in June this year that the 59-year-old Scudamore will step down as the Premier League Chairman by the end of 2018 after nearly 20 years at the helm. The 58-year-old was appointed in November 1999 and since then has played a key role in driving its growth both in the UK and globally.

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The announcement came on the same day that e-commerce giant Amazon picked up one of the Premier League’s two remaining domestic rights packages, becoming the first non-traditional broadcaster to secure coverage of the competition.

For the last four years, Scudamore has combined the roles of executive chairman and chief executive, but the Premier League is anticipated to begin the search for a new non-executive chairman once a chief executive has been chosen.

During Scudamore’s tenure, club revenues at the Premier League rose from an average of £38.6m per season in 1999-2000 to an average of £227.6m in the 2016-17 season, driven largely by the huge growth in the value of the league’s domestic and international media rights.

The Premier League’s commercial and broadcast revenues have soared during Scudamore’s tenure, which saw the value of the league’s domestic TV rights reach a whopping £5.136 billion in 2015. Scudamore also helped negotiate the Premier League’s first broadcast partnership with internet giant Amazon, which has secured rights to 20 games each season for three years from 2018/19.