e-Think Sport 2021: ambassador of the event, Jean-Michel Aulas speaking across all fronts

News Tank Football - Paris - News #205542 - Published on 18/01/21 at 17:39
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Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Olympique Lyonnais, at Think Football 2018 - ©  Séb Lascoux

"We want to offer our future Arena as an ecosystem to give LDLC ASVEL Activity: French professional basketball club Founded: 1948 President: Tony Parker Vice-president: Gaëtan Muller Commercial director: Christophe Just (c.just@asvel.com) Awards: 18 French… (EuroLeague Sector: development and organisation of European interclub basketball competitions (Turkish Airlines Euroleague, 7 days Eurocup, Adidas Next Generation Tournament). Shareholding: Euroleague… Basketball, Jeep Elite in France) the means to grow further and generate the resources we need to be at the highest level," said Jean-Michel Aulas Président @ Olympique Lyonnais (OL) • Membre du comité exécutif @ European Club Association (ECA) • Président de la commission du football féminin @ European Club Association (ECA) • Membre du… on 08/01/2021. Present at the Astroballe (Villeurbanne, suburb of Lyon, FRA) alongside Jordi Bertomeu, president and CEO of the EuroLeague, the president of OL Groupe, a 33.33% shareholder in the basketball club, was delighted with the announcement that ASVEL will soon obtain a long-term license for the European basketball competition.

This is an opportunity for the Lyon-based entrepreneur to recall the latest advances in the arena project, which is expected to come into operation in the second half of 2023: "The Metropolitan Council's vote to modify the PLU-H (local urban planning and housing plan) was passed (on 15/12/2020) by a large majority following a long and very serious public enquiry, which enabled us to adapt the project to make it more modern and more socially responsible. It is an ambitious project with a budget of around €140m. We are going to make the most beautiful Arena in France in terms of sports and events."

This new infrastructure will be located close to the Groupama Stadium, within OL Vallée (sporting campus), whose new 23,250 m2 leisure centre (17 sports, entertainment, culture and catering brands) will be inaugurated in February 2021.

February 2021 will also be the time for OL Groupe to present its financial results for the first half of the 2020-21 financial year. The figures for these first six months will inevitably be impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, which is currently preventing the return of spectators to stadiums. To make matters worse, the pandemic is compounded in France by the Ligue 1 TV rights crisis.

"We have to find the right solution so that no one loses out. I have absolute confidence in beIN Sports Sector: pay-TV sports group (rebranding of Al-Jazira Sport on 01/01/2014) • beIN Sport's first channel launched in France in June 2012 Shareholding: beIN Media Group via beIN Europe… and Nasser Al-Khelaïfi Chairman @ Qatar Sports Investments (QSi) • Chairman and CEO @ Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) • President @ beIN Media Group • Member of the executive committee @ UEFA • Chairman @ European Club… . Thank you to everyone who will help us, including Canal+ who, I repeat, has played an essential role in the development of professional football in France. When we negotiated with Mediapro Sector: audiovisual (content, production, post-production, rights management, broadcasting, engineering, TV channels, marketing) Founded: 1994 Headquarters: Barcelona and Madrid (ESP) Offices: 58… , I expressed an unfortunate phrase when I said that it was 'a blessed day for French football'. It was not at all directed against Canal+, the most important historical broadcaster of French football. However, I felt that there was frustration on the part of Canal+," declared the president of Olympique Lyonnais Activity: French professional club (men's and women's teams) Premium Partners: • adidas (equipment supplier) 2010-2025 • Fly Emirates (airline company): main shirt sponsor for Ligue 1 Uber Eats… on 13/01/2021. The next day, the LFP announced the organisation of a new call for tenders to reallocate the lots recovered from Mediapro, in the framework of an accelerated procedure of only ten days, compared to the usual six to eight weeks.

Prior to these various important events, Jean-Michel Aulas will speak at e-Think Sport 2021, for which he is the ambassador. OL Groupe's strategy regarding LDLC ASVEL, as well as that envisaged for OL Reign, its women's football franchise in the United States acquired in December 2019, are on the agenda of the discussion which will launch the event organised by News Tank Football via video-conference over four consecutive mornings, from 26 to 29/01/2021, on Tuesday 26/01/2021 at 09:00 CET Central European Time . See below the links to register to attend the discussion sessions of e-Think Sport 2021.

  • With one week to go before an event that promises to be rich in debates and inspiration, the News Tank Football and News Tank Sport teams are mobilising their energy to offer an exceptional opportunity through discussions bringing together both French and international experts and workshops exploring cutting-edge topics.
  • Debate, share, inspire... e-Think Sport is the best way to gain an understanding of the challenges of the sport of tomorrow.

Jean-Michel Aulas

Date of birth: 22/03/1949

• Officier de la Légion d’honneur/Officer of the Legion of Honor (2017)

• Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite/Officer of the National Order of Merit (2012)

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Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP)
Représentant de la FFF au conseil d'administration
Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP)
Président du collège des clubs de Ligue 1
Membre de la Professional Women’s Task Force
Cegid (Cegid)
Président fondateur non exécutif
Fédération Française de Football (FFF)
Membre du comité exécutif
Première Ligue
European Club Association (ECA)
Président de la commission du football féminin
Membre de la commission stratégique
European Club Association (ECA)
Membre du comité exécutif
G14 (lobby de clubs européens créé en 2000 et remplacé par l'ECA en 2008)
Union des Clubs Professionnels de Football (UCPF)
Vice-président, chargé de l’économie et des relations institutionnelles, politiques et internationales
Fondateur et président

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eThink Sport: the complete programme of the 4 mornings of discussions, from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29/01/2021

e-Think Sport 2021 - ©  D.R.

Tuesday 26/01/2021 - Morning 1 "CLUBS"

At the heart of the football business model, clubs are now developing beyond their basic activity via new sporting sections, new digital avenues, but also through an increasingly marked social and environmental commitment (all times in CET Central European Time ).

Wednesday 27/01/2021 - Morning 2 "LEAGUES and FEDERATIONS"

Leagues and Federations must face the Covid-19 crisis. What are the ways to reinvent oneself and adapt to new modes of consumption, new competitions, new practices, new experiences and innovative digital services?

Thursday 28/01/2021 - Morning 3 "TV and MEDIA"

A crisis of existing business models, new entertainment offerings, a "lost" generation of young spectators, new platforms and new actors, how will the sports media landscape of tomorrow take shape?

Friday 29/01/2021 - Morning 4 "MARKETING"

How sports marketing is being reshaped. Offers, targets, activations, image, co-branding, innovative partnerships, etc. All this in a challenging health context and an increased demand for social and environmental responsibility.

e-Think Sport! - ©  D.R.

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Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Olympique Lyonnais, at Think Football 2018 - ©  Séb Lascoux