Becoming a member of ONEFOOTBALL GmbH, the Way forward for OFFTHEF


Lately, there was some large change in my skilled life as I joined the digital media firm ONEFOOTBALL GmbH as of the start of February. (Link)

After having completed my research in Boston and spending a number of months in New York, definitely THE place to be in the case of every little thing „Sports activities Enterprise, Media & Extra,“ with a purpose to acquire extra insights into the in and outs of the trade, join with attention-grabbing folks, and work out what I wish to do subsequent, I made a decision to make Berlin (Germany) my dwelling base for the foreseeable future and truly by no means head again to the U.S. after having come to Germany for Christmas. By no means heard about ONEFOOTBALL? The digital media firm goals at turning into THE „All-in-One“ vacation spot for each soccer fan: information, blogs, stats, highlights & dwell video games. Particularly their imaginative and prescient about the way forward for dwell soccer consumption obtained me actually excited given the present disruption of the sports activities broadcasting market and altering consumption behaviours have been two tendencies which have performed a distinguished position in my weblog posts during the last one-and-a-half years. Particularly, I’ll primarily deal with growing the direct-to-consumer OTT enterprise for ONEFOOTBALL. Nonetheless unsure what ONEFOOTBALL is all about? In a nutshell, it’s an app-first product that started off as „iLiga“ greater than 10 years in the past and has advanced into a world platform that covers over 100 worldwide soccer leagues and competitions with tens of millions of customers in markets equivalent to Germany, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, or the UK. A latest deep-dive into the company’s past, present, and future by sports activities enterprise publication SPONSORs or the in-depth interview with Founder & CEO Lucas von Cranach in the OMR Podcast present a superb overview of Onefootball and a glimpse into what the corporate is presently as much as. For my English-speaking readers: Provided that we now have nice ambitions for the longer term, we anticipate to make extra bulletins quickly that may make waves past the German borders and leads to some larger protection of the corporate by worldwide sports activities enterprise retailers as nicely.


However let’s come again to how I’ll transfer ahead with my on-line weblog on which I tackled quite a few subjects throughout the sports activities enterprise and media panorama during the last (nearly) two years:

At the start, I proceed to have ambitions to ascertain myself as some sort of a thought chief within the sports activities enterprise and media trade – which, along with my conviction that I might be capable of contribute attention-grabbing views and ideas on present tendencies on this house, was the principle motive to start out within the first place. Subsequently, there isn’t any motive for stopping to share my views and attempting so as to add to the dialogue simply because I „entered the workforce“ and have an thrilling skilled venture forward of me. Nonetheless, my day-to-day focus has definitely shifted from sooner or later to subsequent to bringing Onefootball’s imaginative and prescient of the „all-in-one vacation spot for soccer followers internationally“ into fruition. This may have three primary implications transferring ahead:

First, being now privileged to info to which I used to be not earlier than definitely limits the scope of subjects I can contact on (or recklessly speculate about) as earlier than. Nevertheless, it’s for positive gratifying to see that lots of my hypothesise that I’ve pushed on my weblog or Twitter truly appear to materialize out there place in realtime. (In truth, I’m wanting ahead to stating my hits as soon as they grow to be public info. 😉 And possibly gloss over these takes that I used to be utterly mistaken about. 😂)

Second, I’ll proceed to sporadically contact on subjects during which I proceed to be the impartial observer like earlier than. An excellent instance was my latest put up that tackled Components One’s considerably suspicious return to Sky Deutschland and the pay-TV ecosystem.

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(Instance: Blog #34 – Streaming of Live Sports: Triple-Play of “Live” + “Exclusive” + Pay-per-View” as Challenge for Today’s OTT Technology).

Third, I wish to more and more share my ideas on present tendencies in addition to the general state of the sports activities media trade on third-party platforms equivalent to print publications, occasions, or podcasts. My collaboration with the SPONSORs Journal for a chunk on the position of „Massive-Tech“ within the upcoming media rights cycle of the Bundesliga („Sportrechte: So ticken Amazon, Facebook und Co.“, 02/2019) is one instance for tasks I might take pleasure in to do extra of sooner or later. Subsequently, I’m additionally actually excited to announce that I’ll be part of a dialogue panel on the W&V Sportmarketing Summit 2019 on April thirtieth in Munich, tackling the query: „Immer nur Fußball oder wo ist das (Werbe-) Potential in der Nische?“ Thus, shameless plug to all of the publishers on the market: In case you are concerned with what I take into consideration numerous subjects throughout the sports activities enterprise and media panorama, be at liberty to achieve out by way of [email protected]. 😉


If you happen to made it all over the complete private stuff, I wish to not less than give a number of the “standard stuff” earlier than you go: I all the time prided my self on consistency. Nevertheless, there has not been any version of my weekly studying and podcast suggestions for the final six weeks regardless of no correct discover of what’s truly occurring. That doesn’t imply that I didn’t accumulate my favourites each single week within the database (i.e. Pocket, a extremely recommendad app). However including them to the homepage of has all the time been cumbersome and time-consuming. Subsequently, I didn’t put up them wherever (e.g. Twitter, Fb) however the next hyperlinks will deliver you to the lists of my 5 favorite readings and podcasts for the final six weeks. Going ahead, I’ll proceed to tweet out the hyperlinks to my favourites of the earlier week and quick-and-dirty screenshot on Monday mornings.

You simply should go with out the not-so-fancy graphic that got here together with the tweets prior to now. Typically, Twitter (@yannickramcke) will definitely stay a spot the place I proceed to share my ideas on a continuing foundation since I actually benefit from the platform (regardless of all its shortcomings) and may solely suggest to each aspiring pupil or younger skilled to leverage the platform, both purely as a supply of data and even to share personal views and work together with different like-minded folks.

Lastly, let’s end off with a characteristic that I used a couple of times prior to now to the touch on a number of attention-grabbing information that I tackled on Twitter over the latest days: „Ultimate Hits“ – a number of subjects, one sentence every.


Though piracy that undermines the integrity of media rights poses main threats to each rights consumers equivalent to Sky Germany (within the short-term) and rights holders such because the DFL/Bundesliga (within the long-term), BeIN SPORTS as in all probability essentially the most affected social gathering within the short-term c/o beOutQ has been primarily by itself combating the unlawful distribution of their huge rights portfolio and barely seen any assist from the rights holder neighborhood (with LaLiga being a notable exception) that in all probability received’t see any main affect on its most respected income not less than till their media rights are up the subsequent time round: Their battle of pursuits (e.g. Components One staging highly-profitable and much-needed races in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, each are allied to and positively vulnerable to stress from the Saudi Authorities) appears to be an apparent motive for his or her inertia relating to these points.


There may be the saying that “Knowledge is the New Oil” and though even sports activities rights holders received’t deny the worth of unprecedented insights into consumption behaviour, buying habits, and private pursuits of their followers, primarily being paid by rights consumers by such non-monetary belongings (e.g. attain, distribution, knowledge) will likely be one thing they must get used to in the event that they wish to get into enterprise with these large-scale digital platforms equivalent to Fb, Amazon & Co. and inevitably should search for different income drivers than Massive-Tech as soon as their media rights are up for grabs the subsequent time round.


Sports activities leagues (e.g. MLB, NFL, NBA, LaLiga) launching their very own direct-to-consumer OTT service has been a sizzling (overhyped?) subject as of late, however already again final summer time I made the case for sports activities groups as nicely contemplating a vertical integration alongside the media worth as the subsequent large worth driver as present media rights revenues, which have been the principle catalyst for the skyrocketing group valuations over the previous decade (e.g. worth of common NBA group tripled during the last 5 years to +/- $1.9bn), presumably beginning to plateau over the subsequent few years: The Chicago Cubs (launching Marquee Sports activities Community in partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2020) and New York Yankees (shopping for again YES Community for $3.5bn, a reduction in comparison with when Fox elevated their stake in YES again in 2014 at $3.9bn – up from $3.4bn when the Yankees initially offered them a minority stake in 2012) clearly assume that there’s extra money to make by taking command of a bigger portion of the media chain.


Enthusiasm was excessive again in 2013 when Bundesliga lastly made the transfer from a distinct segment sports activities channels to a brand new high-profile sports activities channel that was attempting to unseat market incumbent ESPN and was on the lookout for its first rights properties within the U.S. broadcasting market: TV distribution for the German top-flight competitors within the U.S. jumped from solely +/- 13m households (on GolTV) to (nearly) +/- 85m by transferring to newly-launched Fox Sports activities for the beginning of the 2015/16 season, however that’s solely true if their video games are literally carried on their flagship channel FS1 (+/- 83m households). The unhappy actuality, nonetheless, is that Bundesliga largely finally ends up on FS2 (+/- 53m households) or the Deltatre-powered OTT service “Soccer Match Move” ($140/season) as each the Bundesliga and Fox Sports activities seemingly can not wait to maneuver on as soon as their authentic five-year deal expires after the 2020/21 season. The Bundesliga has grow to be nearly invisible within the U.S. as sports activities leagues compete for the restricted time, thoughts, and pockets share of an ever-more elusive client in a fragmented sports activities media panorama (or world dominated by Netlfix and Fortnite).


An under-the-radar growth which I attempted to focus on in my in depth two-part column on the upcoming media rights tender of the Bundesliga (Half #1 & Half #2) has been each the monetary (+/- €5m per season) in addition to editorial (e.g. full dwell protection of each sport + distinguished visitor commentators) investments that Amazon has made into the audio commentary rights of the German top-flight league competitors that – one has to imagine – has created plenty of goodwill for the e-commerce big within the eye of the DFL, which poses the query: After Fb/LaLiga (India) and Amazon/EPL (UK), is there one other main low cost coming for a brand new media firm simply because a rights holder needs to current not less than one much-hyped big-tech firm amongst their of broadcasting companions?


After quite a few failed makes an attempt (e.g. annulled acquisition of home rights to Serie A for €1.05bn earlier than being in the end secured by Sky Italia & DAZN) to evolve from an middleman going through the growing threat of being lower out of the sports activities broadcasting worth chain (i.e. manufacturing companies, rights dealer company) right into a fully-fledged media firm, Barcelona-based MediaPro Group had lastly secured its first premium-tier media rights as main rights holder again in Might 2018 (Ligue 1, 2020 – 2023, €1.15bn per season mixed with beIN SPORTS) and now appears to observe the strategic blueprint of UK-based DAZN in the case of its internationalization technique: Canada has been focused as the primary market outdoors of Europe to enter.

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