Negotiating the New Frontier

: Tom Frank
: $6
: Jan 1, 2019
: Jan 1, 2019
: MCC01818
: Digital PDF
: 19 pages
: 4 pages

The mid-1980's represented the beginning of a radical shift that altered the way sports media rights were packaged, sold and coveted. That shift began on precisely Jan. 24, 1984 inside a majestic hotel in the charming Alpine city of Lausanne, Switzerland. On that date, IMG's Barry Frank sold the rights to televise the 1988 Winter Olympics in an excruciating and benchmark-shattering process that forever changed the way sports-TV rights were negotiated. This case examines the negotiation tactics and interpersonal dynamics Frank leveraged so masterfully in selling the '88 Calgary Winter Olympics. Then, the case narrative shifts into the 'future', detailing Frank's role in selling MLB's media rights in 1995, and the ACC's rights in 2003. Spanning three decades, three property rights holders, and three different media rights landscapes, this case takes students inside the mind of one of the industry's true negotiations pioneers. 

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