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MP & Silva
MP & Silva
Logo of MP & Silva Sports Media Rights Agency.jpg
Formation 2004
Key people
Riccardo Silva, Andrea Radrizzani, & Carlo Pozzali

MP & Silva (abbreviation for Media Partners & Silva Limited) is an international sports agency that provides media rights distribution, digital, technology, and sponsorship services.


MP & Silva is an international media rights company based in London,[1] with 13 offices around the globe.[2][3] The company manages sports TV rights for a range of international sporting events and distributes around 10,000 hours of programming to some 500 broadcasters globally.[4] The company's portfolio includes FIFA World Cup rights, senior European football leagues, Grand Slam tennis,[5] motor racing, handball, baseball, volleyball,[6] and boxing.


MP & Silva began in 2004 with the acquisition of the global rights distribution of selected Italian Serie A football teams.[7] In 2006, the company acquired the rights for the majority of Serie A teams. The first headquarters office opened in Singapore in 2007. By 2009, the company's portfolio principally consisted of media rights of European football leagues being distributed to Asian TV broadcasters. In 2010, MP & Silva headquarters moved to London where they started working with Arsenal. The company acquired Pan-European rights for Roland Garros, the French Tennis Open in 2011.[8]

In 2012, MP & Silva launched their corporate social responsibility program called Play for Change.

In 2013, MP & Silva secured the UK Premier League's broadcast rights in 51 territories, this gave MP & Silva the biggest portfolio of contracts in its sector. The agency also bought Formula 1 rights to MENA and some selected European countries.[9][10][11]

In 2014, the company added Formula 1, Belgian Pro League, and Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) to its portfolio, increasing the number of contracts. The company has also invested in developing production & digital services as well as a Sponsorship department.

On 20 July 2014 MP & Silva abruptly terminated the broadcast contract with CPBL to distribute Taiwan's professional baseball games in the local media, citing a breach of contract by the league. However, the company did not go into detail what terms of the 6-year, NT$2.04 billion contract - signed just at the beginning of 2014 - were breached. CPBL, in response to the surprise move, maintained that it has not breached any of the terms in the contract and demanded the company to provide an open and clearer explanation of what it called an "ambiguous and unilaterally issued" press statement.[12]

At the beginning of 2015, the company announced its expansion in the United States market[13] and the addition of the NFL to the portfolio of properties.[14]

In May 2016, Chinese companies Everbright Securities and Beijing Baofeng Technology bought a 65% stake of MP & Silva.


Riccardo Silva is a shareholder, and a Founding Partner. His father's family owns a chemical industrial conglomerate in Italy and France founded in 1908. His maternal family Fabbri has been known for its publishing company (Fabbri Editori), now part of the RCS MediaGroup. Born in 1970 in Milan, Italy, Silva completed studies in Bocconi University and Tulane University, before launching MP Web, an internet start-up of the Media Partners Group (now Infront Media), managing sports rights and content for mobile and Internet platforms.[15] In 2001 he became CEO of Milan Channel, the official TV channel of AC Milan football club, and guided the international development of the channel.[16] Silva founded MP & Silva in 2004. He was selected as one of the speakers at the Davos Sports Forum 2013.[17][18] He also owns Miami FC, a North American Soccer League team that plans to start in the Spring of 2016.

Andrea Radrizzani is a Founding Partner and a shareholder of MP & Silva.[19] Born in Rho, Milan's metropolitan area, Andrea Radrizzani got his degree Public Relations from IULM University in 1996. A long-term professional partnership with Riccardo Silva and a sharing passion for sports led them to found MP & Silva in 2004. Andrea has been in the fore front of the media rights company as Group CEO since its beginning. Under his leadership the business has grown to worth $350 million. Andrea Radrizzani is an experienced sports rights specialist[20] and he has personally committed as media advisor to some of MP & Silva's rights holders partners such as FIFA,[21] the Premier League,[22] the International Baseball Federation (IBAF),[23]Arsenal FC[24][25] and the Spanish Basketball Federation, Liga Endesa.[26] Andrea's opinion has been requested by the international press to comment on sports rights multi-millionaire deals[27] and new trends in the sports rights global market. He was recently invited to be a speaker at the Doha GOALS initiative.[28] Amongst his area of expertise, Andrea concentrates on digital media rights,[29] football international growth[30] and sports TV growth in the Asian market.[31]

Carlo Pozzali,Carlo Pozzali is a Founding Partner of MP & Silva and part of the Board of Directors of the Group. Based between Miami and New York, he launched MP & Silva's operations in USA in 2005. He has overseen the group's Americas strategy including sales, acquisition and development across USA, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Carlo started his career in his hometown Milan, Italy, in advertising before moving into the sports business industry. For over 25 years Carlo has held a number of senior executive positions, including at IMG and Sportfive (now Lagardère Sport). Carlo has personally been involved in a number of high-profile American media rights deals for MP & Silva, including NBA, NFL, Brazilian football, MLB, ATP's tennis tournaments, Superbike Classic and MLS.[32][33][34] He's also an entrepreneur in the beer industry, as founder and co-owner of BRUTUS The Beer(TM) brand.

Jochen Lösch[35] was the CEO for the whole of the MP & Silva Group,[36] but has now been replaced by Seamus O'Brien[37]

Other senior managers of the group are Lara Vanjak, Chief Operating Officer, Elli Morii, Chief Financial Officer, and Konstantinos Filippas, Group Executive Director Content.[38]


The company's television rights portfolio includes:


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  20. ^ Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  26. ^ Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  28. ^ "Doha Goals". Retrieved 2015. 
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  30. ^ "Premier League considers spending curbs | Sports , Football". 17 November 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  31. ^ Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ "MP & Silva to distribute Brazilian soccer until 2015 - Sports Agencies news - Soccer South America". Retrieved 2015. 
  33. ^ "MP & Silva to distribute Brazilian soccer until 2015". 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
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  38. ^ "Olympics Features: SPORTELAmerica 2015: The Sports TV market includes a jam packed conference program". 25 February 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
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  41. ^ "MP & Silva has been selected to distribute all qualifying and main draw tournament games for the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC)". Sport Business. 
  42. ^ "MP & Silva to distribute NFL rights in Europe next 5 seasons". USA Today. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 2015. 

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