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Club 13 ‘tackles’ TV rights deals and how they shape sport and entertainment in today’s game

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Andrew Rosler, founding director of SRD Holdings

Following on from the success of their first networking event, Salford Red Devils’ new business club, Club 13, has announced the details of their second event. Aptly held on April 13th, the event will ‘tackle’ media rights and the role they play in professional sport.

The event will take place at the heart of northern creativity, Media City UK, and will see Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott, BBC Presenter Dave Woods and media rights expert David Murray discussing how TV rights deals work and the resulting impact on sports and entertainment.

Great Britain International, Barrie McDermott, began his career playing for some of the North’s best-loved Rugby League Clubs. The longest serving member of Leeds Rhinos’ senior squad, Barrie can regularly be seen on Sky Sports discussing Rugby League as a popular pundit.

Dave Woods has worked for the BBC for almost 30 years in radio and television. Working as the BBC’s main TV commentator for Rugby League since 2009, he is uniquely qualified to discuss the role of the media in the sport.

Completing Club 13’s April line-up, David Murray spent almost 15 years developing the BBC’s Sports Rights Strategy before establishing his own Sports Rights and Business Advisory service in 2014. Having worked closely with international broadcasters, sports federations and production companies throughout his career he provides invaluable industry insight.

Speaking on April’s event, Andrew Rosler, founding director of SRD Holdings, said: “We are delighted to be holding the second Club 13 event at Media City, having such a hub of creativity on our doorstep is a huge asset to the city.

“Club 13’s first event was a huge success and it made perfect sense to incorporate the rich opportunities in Salford as part of our next event. Media Rights are often discussed along with their million pound price tags. Club 13 is in a unique position to have industry experts on our doorstep to discuss how the industry is changing and what the future might look like”.